The Cincinnati Reds have traded left-handed pitching prospect Jose Salvador to the Los Angeles Angels to complete their trade for outfielder Brian Goodwin. The Reds also traded left-handed pitching prospect Packy Naughton in the same deal, but we found out about that part of the deal the day that it happened.
It’s interesting to find out that Jose Salvador was involved in the trade since players not in the 60-man player pool aren’t eligible to be moved this season. It’s why we’ve seen so many trades involving players to be named later this year. Perhaps the rules changed and they can be announced after the trade deadline has passed and I simply missed it. Either way, Salvador is now in the Angels organization.
With the 2020 Minor League Baseball season cancelled, Jose Salvador hasn’t played this year. In 2019 the lefty made 14 starts in rookie ball. With the Greeneville Reds he made 11 starts and posted a 5.05 ERA in 46.1 innings where he allowed six home runs, 16 walks, and he struck out 57 hitters. He was promoted to Billings late in the year, making three starts for the Mustangs and posting a 3.86 ERA in 11.2 innings with three walks and 15 strikeouts. Between his two stops he posted a 4.81 ERA with 72 strikeouts and 19 walks in 58.0 total innings.
Jose Salvador will turn 21-years-old in less than three weeks. Here’s what I wrote in his scouting report following the 2019 season:
Jose Salvador Scouting Report
Position: Left-handed pitcher | B/T: L/L
Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 170 lbs | Acquired: Intl. FA – Signed July 3, 2017
Born: September 21, 1999
Fastball | The pitch works in the 90-94 MPH range.
Curveball | Currently an above-average offering, but it will flash itself as a plus offering every so often.
Change Up | It’s a below-average offering right now, but he throws it with good arm speed and it could be a fringe-average offering in the future.
There’s a lot to like with Jose Salvador. In 2019 he had a bunch of strikeouts and was stingy with his walks, showing off good control – particularly with his fastball and curveball. As it is with many young players, there’s a lot of projection needing to be accounted for. And it’s there with Salvador. As he fills out his frame he’s expected to add velocity. As he continues to get more experience his curveball should get more consistent – as should his change up.
Jose Salvador has the pieces there to be a future Major League starter. With a potential plus breaking ball, a solid fastball that could have above-average velocity, and a third offering that could at least be usable – the pitches are there. To this point in his career he’s also shown good control, too. He’ll need to continue to develop all of his stuff, and just as importantly, remain healthy. How much velocity he can gain moving forward could be the determining factor between how he projects long term. If the velocity climbs into the low-to-mid 90’s you’re talking more of a mid-rotation possibility. Right now, though, there’s more #4/5 starter potential here. With that said he’s certainly one of the pitchers from rookie ball to keep an eye on moving forward in the organization.