Before the 2013 season, the last impact starting pitcher Cleveland’s farm system produced was Roberto Hernandez — then known as Fausto Carmona — way back in 2007. Every elite-level starting pitcher since then — Cliff Lee, Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez, etc. — was acquired from outside of the organization.
That all changed in 2013 when Danny Salazar burst onto the scene. What Salazar did in his 10 regular season starts was nothing short of amazing. The hard-throwing right-hander posted a 3.12 ERA, a 3.16 FIP, a 65:15 SO:BB, and 1.2 fWAR in just 52.0 innings, blowing away the competition in his first exposure to the major leagues.
Salazar’s start in the playoffs could have gone better — he only lasted four innings while allowing three runs — but overall Salazar’s 2013 was nothing but successful.
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From Indians Baseball Insider, December 28, 2013