Enjoyed a career season, starting the year with AAA Columbus...Finished the year with single-season career highs in wins (14), starts (30), innings pitched (185.0), strikeouts (195), win percentage (.583) and quality starts (18)...Set single-season career lows in WHIP (1.13), average against (.226) and hits per 9.0IP (1.12)...His .226 opponents batting average was the 13th-lowest in MLB (5th-lowest in A.L., see box at right)... Appeared in one Minor League game with the Clippers after being optioned to Columbus on March 27, tossing 6.0 scoreless innings at Indianapolis on April 10...Recalled to start the April 18 game at Minnesota...Earned victories in each of his first 3 starts with the Tribe from April 18-29, going 3-0 with a 3.32 ERA (7ER/19.0IP)... Went 8-4 with a 3.74 ERA (41ER/98.2IP) and a .236 average against (47-for-369) in the first half...Fanned a career-high 11 batters twice in the first half (April 24 & May 10), tallying the 5th-most K's among A.L. hurlers prior to the All-Star Break (116 SO)...Went 6-6 in the second half, posting a 3.13 ERA (30ER/86.1IP), holding the opposition to just a .215 average against (69-for-321) while posting the 9th-lowest ERA in the A.L. after the break...August was his best career month to date, as the right-hander went 3-1 with a 2.53 ERA (9ER/34.0IP), marking his best ERA in a single month (min. 2 starts)...Finished just 5 strikeouts shy of 200 for the 2015 campaign (195 K's), good for 19th-most in MLB and 7th-most in the A.L (including his 1 start at AAA he fanned 202 batters)...Also registered the 12th-highest strikeout per 9.0IP ratio (9.49) among MLB hurlers - 5th-highest among A.L. pitchers behind Chicago's Chris Sale (11.82), Tampa Bay's Chris Archer (10.70) and Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco (10.58) and Corey Kluber (9.93)...With 3 strikeouts on Sept. 10 against Detroit, Salazar eclipsed 175 total K's, joining Kluber and Carrasco as the other Indians starters to have 175-or-more K's this season...Marks just the second time in club history that the Indians have had 3-or-more pitchers fan 175+ batters in a single season (also 2000: Dave Burba, Bartolo Colon & Chuck Finley)...The right-hander struck out 3-or-more batters in his first 43 career starts, snapping the streak on June 30 when he only managed 2 K's in 7.2 innings of work...Marked the 5th-longest streak to start a career behind Texas' Yu Darvish (83), Chicago-NL's Mark Prior (50), New York NL's Matt Harvey (47) and Washington's Stephen Strasburg (44)...Longest such streak by a Tribe pitcher since 1914, as he passed Bob Feller who managed to pull the trick in 42 straight outings...Was also the 2nd-fastest Indians hurler (since 1914) to reach 300 strikeouts (46 appearances) as Herb Score did so in his 40th career appearance... Went 7-2 with a 2.96 ERA (25ER/76.0IP) and a .217 average against in 12 starts/games at home this year compared to 7-8 with a 3.80 ERA (46ER/109.0IP) and a .232 average (95-for-409) in 18 starts/games away from Progressive Field...His 10.07 strikeout per 9.0IP ratio at home was the 3rd-highest in the American League (11th-best in MLB) behind Tampa Bay's Chris Archer (11.78) and Chicago-AL's Chris Sale (10.62).
It was a tale of two seasons for Salazar, who opened the year in the Indians rotation, going 1-4 with a 5.53 ERA in 8 starts from April 4 May 15 (40.2IP , 49H, 25E R, 17BB, 47K , .301 AVG ) before being sent to AAA Columbus on May 16... Returned on July 22 and sp ent most of the second half in the Indians rotation, going 5-4 with a 3.50 ERA in 12 starts (69.1IP , 68H, 27 ER, 18BB, 73K , .255 AVG ) ... Did spend 10 days back in Columbus, August 6-17, before returning for the remainder of the season...Allowed 3 ER or less in 13 of his final 16 starts with Cleveland. Danny's strong second half was highlighted with this first career complete game and shutout on September 3 vs. Detroit (9.0IP, 8H, 0R, 0BB, 9K, career-high 118P) ...Salazar became the first Indians pitcher to toss a CG shutout against Detroit since Jaret Wright on June 1, 1998 at Tiger Stadium - the first to do so in Cleveland since Orel Hershiser on June 5, 1995 ... According to MLB, Salazar (24 years, 235 days) became the youngest pitcher in the Majors dating back to at least 1914 to shut out the Tigers with 9+ K 's and zero walks. Fanned at least 7 batters in 9 of his 20 starts and averaged 9.8 strikeouts p er 9.0IP with a strikeout/ walk ratio of 3.43 ... His 9.8 SO /9.0IP would have been 5th in the A.L. just ahead of Felix Hernandez over a 162.0IP season... In his second start of April 10 at Chicago-AL, Salazar became the only pitcher in baseball's modern era (since 1900) to record 10 strikeouts in an outing lasting fewer than 4.0 comp lete innings (3.2 IP , 6 H, 5 R-E R, 2 BB, 10 SO , 2 HR, 1 W P , 93P , 18BF) ... Only 2 other hurlers have struck out 10 batters in exactly 4.0 IP: Boston's "Smoky" Joe Wood in 1909 and Seattle's Felix Hernandez in 2013 (tied his career-high and set season-high for single-game strikeouts). Posted a 6.04 E RA in 5 Ap ril starts (17E R/ 25.1IP , 5HR) and a 4.70 ERA in 3 May starts (8 ER/15.1 IP ) before being op tioned to AAA on May 16 ... With Columbus, he went 4-6 with a 3.71 E RA (60.2IP , 58H, 25 ER, 28BB, 76K ) from May 20-July 17 and one sp ot start on August 12 during his second, 10-day AAA stint...Struck out 9 batters in 6 of his 11 Triple-A starts and over his last 6 starts he posted an ERA of 2.13 (38.0IP , 27H, 9E R, 48K )...W orked at least 5.0IP in 9 of 11 starts. Through the first 30 starts of his career, he has gone 8-2 w/a 2.48 ERA (32 ER/116.1IP) when reaching the 5.0-inning mark (19 starts) ... When he fails to make it through 5.0 frames (11 starts): 0-9 with a 7.49 E RA (38 E R/45.2 IP ) ... Salazar reeled off a career-high 3 consecutive victories from July 22-August 1, scattering just 4 earned runs across a combined 18.0 innings (2.00 ERA) over that stretch...Over his first 8 starts upon returning for the 2nd half (7/22-9/3 shutout) he went 5-2 w/a 2.30 E RA to lower his season E RA from 5.53 to 3.80. Posted a 2014 club-high and career-best 21.0 consecutive scoreless innings from August 23-Sep t. 8 ... Over his last 4 starts from Sep t. 8-end of season he was 0-2 w/a 6.04 E RA (22.1IP , 27H, 15ER) ... Left-handed batters hit just .246 (41-167, .696 OPS) off him while righties hit .289 (76-263, .786 OPS)...Batters hit .275 (47-171) with runners on base, .288 (23-80) with RISP and .178 (27-152) when behind in the count.
Enjoyed a rapid ascent to the Major Leagues after beginning the season as Double-A Akron's opening day starter and concluding the season as a valuable member of the rotation...Had one of the most memorable debuts in club history, evoking the memories of Bob Feller, Herb Score and Jaret Wright as his 65 strikeouts through his first 10 career starts were the most by a Tribe hurler over the last 57 years (Score had a club record 92 in 81.0IP in 1955)...His 11.25 strikeouts per 9.0IP (52.0IP, 65K) are the most in club history among pitchers w/at least 7 starts and 50IP, just ahead of 17-year old Bob Feller's 11.03 SO/9.0IP (62.0IP, 76K)...Was the club's starting pitcher in the first postseason game since 2007, losing to the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-0, in the AL Wild Card Game...Began the year at Akron, going 2-3 w/a 2.67 ERA in 7 starts (33.2IP, 27H, 10R/ER, 51K) before being promoted to AAA Columbus on May 7...On May 2 at Altoona, struck out a professional-high 12 batters...At the time of his promotion to Columbus on May 12, Salazar led the Eastern League in strikeouts (51) and ranked 8th in ERA (2.67)…Made 10 starts for Columbus, going 3-2 with a 3.40 ERA in 10 starts for the Clippers (42.1IP, 34H, 16ER, 13BB, 49K), the last 16.0-innings of which were scoreless, before being promoted to Cleveland on July 11 to make his Major League debut when the club needed a spot starter before the break...Won his debut vs. Toronto in sterling fashion, fanning 7 over 6.0-innings of 1-run ball, becoming the first Tribe pitcher since 1964 and just the fourth overall in the 113-year history of the franchise to strike out at least 7 batters in a debut...Sent back to Columbus following the game and recalled for a second and final time on August 7...Defeated reigning NL Cy Young winner, RA Dickey, becoming just 4th pitcher to win his MLB debut over a defending Cy Young (first since LAD Edwin Jackson over ARI Randy Johnson in 2003)...Around his July 11th debut he went a combined 6-5 with a 2.71ERA in 21 games/20 starts for AA Akron and AAA Columbus (93.0IP, 71H, 28ER, 24BB, 129K, .211AVG)...At the time of his promotion he ranked 1st among all Minor Leaguers in SO per 9.0IP (12.5) and 14th in strikeouts...Ended his Triple-A tenure with a 15.0-inning scoreless streak...In his second start, Salazar registered a career-high 10 strikeouts on August 7 vs. Detroit, which were the most by an Indians rookie pitcher since 2004 (Kaz Tadano)...Additionally, Salazar became the only starting pitcher in the Majors to strike out Miguel Cabrera 3 times in a single game (Cabrera HR'd off him in final at bat to take him out of the decision)... Salazar threw 103 pitches in his start on August 7 vs. Detroit, which is the most he has ever thrown in an outing in his professional career (2013 minor league-high was 89)...In his first career start opposite the White Sox on September 13 at U.S Cellular Field, Salazar became the first MLB pitcher since at least 1916 to record 9 strikeouts in less than 4.0 innings, while not allowing a single run (3.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 9 K)...Finished the season strong, going 1-1 w/a 2.52 ERA in 5 September starts (25.0IP, 26H, 7ER, 33K, 11.9K/9.0IP)...Left-handed hitters hit just .216 off him w/a .586 OPS...Batters hit .232 (16-69) w/runners on base and just .121 (4-33) with RISP off him... Batters hit .179 (7-39) off him when they were ahead in the count.