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.