Last Season’s Fantasy Highlights
this was by no means the only one, it was certainly the brightest highlight.
Corey Kluber, who for the first time in his career broke camp with the big
club, not only proved worthy of a starting assignment, he proved worthy of a Cy
Young. Kluber was absolutely magnificent, throwing 235 innings while striking
out 269 and posting stellar ratios (2.44 ERA and 1.09 WHIP). What is even
better is that the advanced metrics support these numbers including a FIP of
2.41 (which verifies the 2.44 ERA) and a BABIP of .328 (which when compared to
league average .300 verifies that luck was not a factor in Kluber’s greatness).
Not that much really. Nick Swisher will return from injury and attempt to regain his old form and Gavin Floyd arrives to attempt to comeback from Tommy John (though he will likely start the year on the DL). The biggest change is that the Indians appear committed to their young starters Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar and Trevor Bauer.
Expect the young Tribe fireballers to prove formidable. Carlos Carrasco was great in the second half and should continue to pitch well. Danny Salazar has all the makings of a star and Trevor Bauer seems to have grown up a bit. On the hitting side, Expect Carlos Santana to thrive now that he knows he need not catch and Expect catcher Yan Gomes to take a step backward and be overpriced in fantasy leagues (4 percent walk rate against 23 percent K rate and .331 BABIP says some regression is coming).
House will hold down a rotation spot despite Gavin Floyd’s arrival. To go a
step further, do not be surprised if House becomes this year’s Dallas Keuchel
as both throw 60 percent ground ball rates at batters. House, for his part has
a better track record coming into 2015 than Keuchel had last year. House had a
3.35 ERA and 3.64 K/BB ratio in his time in Cleveland last summer which should
only get better with experience.
|4||Chicago White Sox||23||26|
|5||Kansas City Royals||21||28|