Salazar has predraft workout with Braves, Giants next

Kerman High pitcher Carlos Salazar flew across country and back all within a 24-hour span to throw 24 pitches before the Atlanta Braves brain trust.

Salazar, a potential first or second-round pick for next week’s MLB Amateur Draft, was among 20 to 25 players who were invited to Atlanta for a pre-draft workout with the Braves on Tuesday morning.

Salazar’s fastball registered as fast as 93 mph, though he’s thrown as fast as 98 during the season, according to Lions coach Jay Preuss.

The Braves have taken a keen interest in Salazar all year, following him throughout his senior season with as many as three scouts.

“They said they really liked what they saw,” said Preuss, who also flew to Atlanta for Salazar’s workout. Unlike Salazar, though, Preuss’ trip was not paid for by the Braves.

“It was about 6 in the morning California time when he was throwing for them, so he wasn’t at his very best; he wasn’t as alert as he’d usually be,” Preuss added. “I spoke to their West Coast cross checker, talked to the assistant GM. They’re very interested in Carlos.”

The Braves aren’t the only ones.

Salazar, who signed with Fresno State, is scheduled to next pitch before San Francisco Giants personnel at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at AT&T Park.

The Milwaukee Brewers also offered to fly out Salazar for a pre-draft workout, but he declined since it conflicted with Kerman’s graduation Thursday.

Nonetheless, Salazar appears to be leaning heavily on going pro and bypassing college baseball.

“They’ll wait till they have to make that decision sometime after the draft,” Preuss said. “If he’s drafted in the first day, I don’t think he’ll be a Bulldog.”

Salazar finished this past season at 10-2 with a 0.09 ERA and struck out 147 in 44 1/3 innings. He was named the Gatorade State Player of the Year for baseball on Tuesday.

Will Carlos Salazar pitch in City/County All-Star Baseball Game?

It’s uncertain if Kerman’s Carlos Salazar will pitch in the City/County All-Star Baseball Game June 9 at Chukchansi Park.

What’s the chances Kerman fireballer Carlos Salazar will pitch in the June 9 City/County All-Star Baseball Game a day following the conclusion of the Major League Amateur Draft?

“No way to tell yet,” Lions coach Jay Preuss says Sunday in Atlanta while awaiting the arrival of Salazar, who will have a private workout with Braves officials Tuesday at Turner Park.

Then the 6-foot, 210-pounder with a fastball that’s been clocked at 98 mph will audition for the Giants Friday morning at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

The most common projections have him going late in the first round June 6. First-round signing bonuses in 2012 ranged from $6 million to $1.525 million.

Should Salazar play for the County at Chukchansi Park, he’ll be one of the hottest drawing cards in the history of the game.

His showdown with Clovis’ Jake Gatewood drew a standing-room-only crowd of 2,500 on the Cougars’ field March 27 in the Fresno Easter Classic.

Gatewood pitched a no-hitter in a 1-0 Clovis win. Salazar gave up three hits, striking out 13 in 6 1/3 innings. His fastball touched 97 mph that morning.

Kerman’s Carlos Salazar named Rawlings Preseason All-America in baseball

Kerman High senior pitcher Carlos Salazar, a Fresno State commit, has been named Rawlings Preseason All-America.

Kerman High pitcher Carlos Salazar, a Fresno State commit and one of the nation’s top professional prospects, has been named Rawlings Preseason All-America.

The 6-1, 210-pounder right-hander, who has been clocked at 98 mph this season, is one of only 50 players on the team, one of 11 Californians and the only Central Section representative.

Salazar, ranked No. 15 nationally among the high school Class of 2013 by Perfect Game USA, continues to post some of the most extraordinary numbers in section history while stacking the odds against Fresno State of securing him as pro scouts prepare for the June Amateur Draft.

This season, in 12 innings pitched, he’s 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 24 strikeouts, five walks and two hits allowed.

Last season, the North Sequoia League Player of the Year and Bee All-Star was 11-1 with a 1.27 ERA for the section Division IV champs. He struck out 159 in 77 1/3 innings.

Salazar also hit .404 with seven home runs last season, and is hitting .346 for the 6-2 Lions this year.

He’ll pitch Wednesday at home in a 4 p.m. game against Selma.

And, in what promises to be a hot ticket-seller in the 44th Fresno Easter Classic, Kerman coach Jay Preuss says Salazar “will definitely” start at perennial section power Clovis of the Tri-River Athletic Conference March 27 at 10 a.m.

The state-class 34-school tournament — drawing 27 teams from the section and seven elsewhere around the state — will run March 25-27 on 10 Fresno/Clovis diamonds.