The 2013 season will mark Salazar’s twelth season of professional baseball and his third in Sioux City.
Last year with the X’s, the Caracas, Venezuela native started 20 games, posting an 8-7 record with a 4.08 earned run average. In 139.0 innings pitched, the left-hander allowed 63 earned runs, while striking out 87 batters and allowing only 32 free passes. He led the 2012 squad in strikeouts and was second in wins and earned run average. Salazar recently appeared for Team Spain in the World Baseball Classic. He was eligible to pitch for Spain, as his wife lived there for 11 years. In a relief appearance versus Puerto Rico, the 31-year-old pitched five scoreless innings, giving up only two hits against a team filled with current Major League players Alex Rios, Carlos Beltran, Yadier Molina, Angel Pagan and Irving Falu.
Over five seasons in the American Association, Salazar has accumulated a 35-25 record, appearing mainly as a starter. In 544 innings pitched, he has posted a 3.90 earned run average, striking out 371 batters and walking only 164. He has pitched four complete games, while also tallying three saves over the five seasons. His career numbers place him in the top ten in strikeouts, wins and innings pitched, among other pitchers in the American Association