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2016 RECAP

Record: 94 - 67

Last Season’s Fantasy Highlights

While 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).

What Has Changed?

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.

What to Expect:

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).

This Year’s Surprise:

T.J. 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.

2016 STANDINGS

# TEAM W L
1 Cleveland Indians 94 67
2 Detroit Tigers 86 75
3 Kansas City Royals 81 81
4 Chicago White Sox 78 84
5 Minnesota Twins 59 103

ARRIVALS

PLAYER POS FROM
Edwin Encarnacion DH TOR
Boone Logan RP COL
Carlos Frias SP LA

DEPARTURES

2016 YTD STATS

Catcher

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Yan Gomes CLE C 74 251 22 42 34 11 1 9 9 0 69 0 0 .167
Roberto Perez CLE C 61 153 14 28 17 6 1 3 23 0 44 0 0 .183
Adam Moore CLE C 9 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .000
Erik Kratz CLE C 32 85 3 8 4 2 0 1 1 0 32 0 0 .107

First Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Carlos Santana CLE 1B 158 582 89 151 87 31 3 34 99 0 99 5 2 .260
Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B 160 601 99 158 127 34 0 42 84 3 138 2 0 .263
Christopher Colabello CLE 1B 10 29 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 9 0 0 .069

Second Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Jason Kipnis CLE 2B 156 610 91 168 82 41 4 23 60 0 146 15 3 .275

Third Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Michael Martinez CLE 3B 63 101 16 24 4 4 0 1 4 0 23 0 2 .167
Jose Ramirez CLE 3B 152 565 84 176 76 46 3 11 43 1 62 22 7 .312
Richie Shaffer CLE 3B 20 48 5 12 4 6 0 1 5 0 18 0 1 .250
Juan Uribe CLE 3B 73 238 19 49 25 9 0 7 14 1 49 0 0 .206

Short Stop

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Erik Gonzalez CLE SS 21 16 2 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 8 0 1 .313
Francisco Lindor CLE SS 158 604 99 182 78 30 3 15 54 3 88 19 5 .301

Left Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Michael Brantley CLE LF 11 39 5 9 7 2 0 0 2 1 6 1 0 .231
Daniel Robertson CLE LF 9 19 1 5 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 1 .263
Coco Crisp CLE LF 122 446 54 103 55 27 4 13 44 2 78 10 5 .208
Brandon Guyer CLE LF 101 293 39 78 32 17 1 9 18 1 55 3 2 .241

Center Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Abraham Almonte CLE CF 67 182 24 48 22 20 1 1 7 1 42 8 0 .264
Tyler Naquin CLE CF 116 321 52 95 43 18 5 14 32 4 112 6 3 .296
Austin Jackson CLE CF 54 181 24 46 18 12 2 0 17 0 39 2 1 .254

Right Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Lonnie Chisenhall CLE RF 126 385 43 110 57 25 5 8 21 2 70 6 0 .286
Collin Cowgill CLE RF 9 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 7 0 0 .083

Pitcher

Player Tm Pos G GS W L Sv IP H HR ER BB K ERA WHIP

DEPTH CHART

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