Noel Fernando Salas. Played three seasons with Salti llo Saraperos of Mexican League... Had contract purchased by St. Louis Cardinals on Feb. 23, 2007. Participated in the 2008 All-Star Futures Game at the old Yankee Stadium and pitched a scoreless 7th inning for the World team in its 3-0 shutout victory over Team U.S.A. Pitched in Mexican Winter League with Mazatlan (2006-07) and Hermosillo (2009, 2013).
Appeared in 61 games between the Mets and the Angels, going 2-2 with a 5.22 ERA...Began the season with the Mets and posted a 6.00 ERA in 48 games before his release on Aug. 15...signed with the Angels as a Minor League free agent on Aug. 19 and was 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA and a 0.66 WHIP...Allowed just 3 baserunners over his final 7 outings (0.47 WHIP).
Acquired from the Angels on August 31 in exchange for minor league RHP Erik Manoah...Had a 2.48 ERA (nine earned runs/32.2 innings) with four saves in 34 games after the All-Star break...Held opponents to a .200 batting average during that span...Was 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA (four earned runs/17.1 innings) with the Mets...Stranded all five inherited runners with the Mets...Finished with a career-high 75 appearances...Also finished with a career-high 20 holds (seven with the Mets, 13 with the Angels)...Lost a career-high seven games (six with the Angels and five straight to end the year)...Righthanded batters went 32-141 (.227) and lefthanders were 31-131 (.237)...Allowed 10 hits in 55 at-bats with RISP (.182 batting average)...Retired 94 percent (16 of 17) of the first batters he faced with the Mets.
Was on the roster for the NL Wild Card Game vs. San Francisco but did not pitch.
Pitched in a career-high 72 games for Angels with a 5-2 record and 4.24 ERA (63.2 IP - 30 ER). His 72 appearances led all Angels pitchers, and his five victories matched career best, single-season total (also five wins in 2011 and 2014). Recorded 74 strikeouts and 12 walks, establishing career best averages of 1.7 walks per nine innings and 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings. The 1.7 BB/9 rate ranked sixth in the American League as a reliever (min. 60 IP) and the 10.5 SO/9 rate ranked 10th. His 6.17 strikeout to walk ratio is the best single season mark by a reliever (min. 60 IP) in Angels history, breaking the previous best rate of 5.94 by Bryan Harvey in 1991. Became first pitcher in Angels history to record three wins in a season in games when facing exactly one batter... On June 19 at Oakland, became first Angels pitcher to earn a win when throwing one pitch since Pep Harris on July 23, 1998 at Minnesota. Stranded 38 of 48 inherited runners... Ranked ninth in A.L. with 20.8% inherited runners scored percentage.
In first season with Angels, posted a 5-0 record and 3.38 ERA (58.2 IP - 22 ER) in 57 big league appearances...Third pitcher in franchise history to win at least five games in a season without suffering a loss (Brendan Donnelly, 6-0 in 2006 & Pat Clements, 5-0 in 1985)...Made 13 appearances during month of Aug. and pitched 15 shutout innings allowing just four hits with no walks and 18 strikeouts...WHIP of 0.267 for the month is the lowest single month WHIP (min. 15 IP) in last 100 years in MLB...Registered two separate streaks of at least 10 consecutive scoreless appearances (10 G, Apr. 11 - May 4 & 13 G, Aug. 5-30)...Missed 19 games on disabled list with right shoulder inflammation from June 15-July 6...Allowed each of first nine inherited runners to score but did not allow any inherited runners to score after June 10...Pitched to a 2.65 ERA (37.1 IP - 10 ER) at home but had a 4.64 ERA (21.1 IP - 11 ER) on the road.
Opened the season with Cardinals and posted an 0-3 record and 4.50 ERA (28 IP - 14 ER) in 27 games across three stints with St. Louis... Missed 33 games on the disabled list from May 21 - June 25... Went 1-2 with a 1.90 ERA (23.2 IP - 5 ER) and a team-high 12 saves in 22 appearances with Triple-A Memphis... Had eight appearances of four outs or more...Season high was 2.1 innings pitched which he reached twice in April... Recorded at least one strikeout in 18 of 27 appearances... Was not selected to Cardinals 2013 postseason roster... Traded to Angels along with infielder David Freese on November 22 in exchange for outfielders Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk.
Appeared in 65 Major League games (69 including four minor league relief appearances),ranking fourth on the club. The 2011 team saves leader, opened season on MLB roster and made 18 appearances, before 5/26 option. Was recalled 6/7
and remained rest of season. Was 0-3 with a 6.32 ERA before option and 1-1 with a 3.56 ERA following, including scoreless outings in 37 of 47 games. Finished 23 games,ranking second on the team behind Motte (58). Earned lone win of the season vs. LAD (7/25)throwing 2.0 scoreless innings with three strikeouts in a 12-inning 3-2 win.Was sharp in July, posting a 1-0 record with an 0.69 ERA in 13 appearances covering 13.0 innings with 14 strikeouts. Had nine appearances of four outs or more and was not scored upon in any. Topped out at 2.2 IP vs. ATL (5/12) and had six appearances of 2.0 scoreless innings. Went 15 scoreless appearances from 8/6 to 9/7, covering 12.2 innings with seven hits. Struck out 60 batters in 58.2 innings posting a 9.20 strikeouts/9 IP ratio. Ranked 28th in National League with a 28.1 Inherited Runners Scored percentage. 2012 POSTSEASON: Appeared in five post season games totaling 5.2 innings and allowed two runs for a 3.18 ERA...threw one scoreless inning of relief at WSH (10/11)in Game 3 of NLDS...appeared in four NLCS games with scoreless outings in Games 2, 6 & 7.
Led the Cardinals with 24 saves, ranking 13th in NL and T13th in save pct. (80.0). Became just the third native Mexican in MLB history to record 24 or more saves in a single-season, joining Joakim Soria and Juan Acevedo...Was recalled from Memphis (AAA) on 4/13, spending the remainder of the season with St. Louis. Had two saves in three
games (3.0 IP) for the Memphis Redbirds...Posted a 0.95 WHIP (walks+hits/IP), ranking 2nd in the National League among pitchers with at least 75.0 IP...Led the Cardinals with 24 saves ranking 13th in NL and T13th in save pct. (80.0)...Made his STL season debut on 4/14 at LA. Earned his first ML save 4/28 at HOU & his first ML win on 5/3 vs. FLA with 2.0 IP...His 2.28 ERA ranked 12th lowest among National League relievers, 2nd lowest on the club (Motte 2.25)...Held opposing batters to a .186 BA (50-269), ranking 10th lowest among National League relievers...Averaged a strikeout per inning (75 K/75.0 IP) in 68 appearances (he ranked 2nd on team in appearances)...Had six perfect inning saves on the season and four saves of more then 1.0 IP (all on the road)...In 34 appearances at home, went 5-3 with 9 SV and a 1.80 ERA; on the road was 0-3, 15 SV and a 2.70 ERA in 34 app...Pitched a career high 3.0 innings vs. WSH on 4/20 . Recorded saves in six-straight appearances from 5/19-31...Had 2.0 IP save 6/7 at HOU, the first save of 2.0 innings by a Cardinals pitcher since Joel Piñeiro (8/22/08). Threw a careerhigh 44 pitches in the game...Earned his 20th save on 8/4 at FLA, the 27th 20-save season in STL history.Garnered his 24th and final save on 9/16 at PHI, his first save since 8/30...2011 POSTSEASON: Made 11 postseason appearances, totaling 13.1 innings...the 11 app. ranked T5th among all playoff pitchers
and the 13.1 IP ranked 4th among Cardinals pitchers and were the most among any reliever who did not make a start during the
regular season...struck out 12 batters in the postseason, ranking T4th (w/Edwin Jackson) on the Cardinals staff...made four
appearances of 2.0 innings, posting scoreless marks in Game 2 of National League Divison Series and Game 4 of National League
Championship Series...had three appearances of 34 pitches or more after having only six appearance of 30 or more pitches in the
regular season...recorded four Holds in the postseason, ranking T2nd with teammate Arthur Rhodes and trailing Marc Rzepczynski
(6) by two...threw a career-high 48 pitches in Game 6 of the World Series covering 2.0 IP, the second highest pitch total for a relief
pitcher behind Scott Feldman's 49 (TEX)...committed first error in Game 6 of the WS after not committing an error in any of his 289
professional regular season games.
Appeared in 27 games during his rookie campaign with St. Louis totaling 30.2 innings pitched...Began the year at Memphis (AAA) and was recalled to STL six times throughout the year...Made Major League debut 5/28 at CHI and threw a scoreless inning in a 7-1 win...Was perfect in his first three appearances, unscored upon in his first five...Blew his only save opportunity of season, allowing three runs to tie the game 9/18 vs. SD...Had eight appearances of five outs or more, six appearances of 2.0 IP...Held opposing batters to a .185 BA pre-All Star break and .258 post All-Star break...Posted a 1.93 ERA on the road (4 ER/18.2 IP) in 15 appearances...also had a 1.93 road ERA in Memphis in 18 app. (4 ER/18.2 IP)...Appeared in 34 games at Memphis with a 1-0 record and a 3.79 ERA, fanning 44 batters with just 9 walks...Was a perfect 19-for-19 in save opportunities in Memphis (AAA), ranking 3rd in the Pacific Coast League...Ran off 21 consecutive scoreless appearances from 5/3-7/17 in Memphis (21.2 IP, 8 H, 27 K)...Named PCL Pitcher of the Week (7/5-11).
Appeared in 35 games despite injuries straining his right thumb (4/9-30) and a right shoulder strain (6/4-7/9)...Combined to go 4-2 with a 3.43 ERA and 32 K in 39.1 IP between Memphis (AAA), Springfield (AA) and Gulf Coast (R)...Began and finished the season at Memphis (AAA), making 24 appearances sporting a 3-2 record with a 3.67 ERA in 27 IP...Had one bad outing allowing four earned runs before injury (6/3). Without that game, ERA drops to 1.81...Finished the season with 10 consecutive scoreless appearances (11.2 IP, 6 H, 4 BB, 13 K), stranding all six inherited runners...Made 10 relief appearances from 7/10 to 8/2 in Springfield (AA), recording a win and seven scoreless outings...Appeared in one game in the Gulf Coast League tossing a scoreless inning in rehab appearance.
Played with Double-A Springfield where he became the
team's closer in May and converted a league high 25 saves on
the year in a league-leading 60 games pitched...was one of
seven pitchers in all of minors to make 60 or more appearances
(J. Motte had 63)...his 25 saves led the Texas League and 37
games finished ranked 3rd...recorded 100 K's, which led his
Springfield team and ranked 12th in the Texas League and his
SO/9 IP (12.16) led the League among relief pitchers. Walked
only 16 in 74.0 IP...lefthanders hit just .226 (21-93) off Salas
while righties hit .240 (44-183)...was the organization's Minor
League pitcher of the Month for May when he had a 1.23 ERA
in 14.2 IP, converting five saves and striking out 28 while walking
only two...had two stretches of 9.2 scoreless innings pitched
from 4/17-5/1 and 5/5-24. Only allowed 1ER in between those
dates, on 5/3 a solo HR in 1.0 IP (1 ER/20.1 IP, 0.44 ERA)...was
selected for the All-Stars Futures game in New York during July
and pitched a scoreless 7th inning for the World team during the
World's 3-0 shutout over the U.S. team...was named to the Texas
League post-season All-Star team. Named by Baseball America
as one of the top-20 prospects in the Texas League...pitched in
seven games for Venados de Mazatlan during the Mexican Winter
Played May and June with St. Louis at High-A Palm
Beach where he pitched 39.1 innings in 16 games...was loaned
to Saraperos de Saltillo of the Mexican League where he played
in just three games...during the Winter League for Venados de
Mazatlan was 1-1 with 3 saves and a 2.95 ERA while he fanned
14 vs. three walks.