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2017 RECAP

Record: 98 - 58

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.

2017 STANDINGS

# TEAM W L
1 Cleveland Indians 98 58
2 Minnesota Twins 82 74
3 Kansas City Royals 76 80
4 Chicago White Sox 64 92
5 Detroit Tigers 62 94

ARRIVALS

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

DEPARTURES

2017 YTD STATS

Catcher

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Yan Gomes (R) CLE C 102 335 41 77 54 15 0 13 31 0 97 0 0 .230
Roberto Pérez (R) CLE C 69 207 20 44 36 12 0 7 24 0 69 0 1 .213
Francisco Mejia (B) CLE C 8 10 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .200

First Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Carlos Santana (B) CLE 1B 148 548 90 142 78 37 3 23 81 6 93 5 1 .259

Second Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Jason Kipnis (L) CLE 2B 84 318 38 74 33 24 0 11 25 0 68 5 2 .233

Third Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Michael Martínez (B) CLE 3B 27 37 2 6 0 1 0 0 5 0 15 0 1 .077
Yandy Diaz (R) CLE 3B 44 144 24 39 12 6 1 0 21 0 31 2 0 .271
Giovanny Urshela (R) CLE 3B 61 148 14 33 15 7 0 1 8 0 21 0 0 .223
José Ramírez (B) CLE 3B 146 564 101 179 81 51 6 29 42 5 68 16 5 .317

Short Stop

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Erik González (R) CLE SS 56 110 18 28 11 6 0 4 3 0 37 1 2 .255
Francisco Lindor (B) CLE SS 153 629 96 174 87 41 4 33 50 6 91 14 3 .277

Left Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Michael Brantley (L) CLE LF 88 335 47 100 52 20 1 9 28 3 50 11 1 .299
Daniel Robertson (R) CLE LF 32 80 9 18 7 4 1 1 6 1 3 0 1 .225
Austin Jackson (R) CLE LF 81 266 42 85 34 19 3 7 30 0 61 3 1 .320

Center Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Bradley Zimmer (L) CLE CF 101 299 41 72 39 15 2 8 25 1 99 18 1 .241
Tyler Naquin (L) CLE CF 16 36 4 8 1 2 0 0 2 0 9 0 1 .222
Greg Allen (B) CLE CF 20 31 6 7 6 1 0 1 2 0 7 1 0 .226

Right Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Abraham Almonte (B) CLE RF 65 171 26 40 14 8 3 3 19 0 46 1 1 .234
Lonnie Chisenhall (L) CLE RF 78 230 34 67 53 16 1 12 23 2 52 2 2 .291
Brandon Guyer (R) CLE RF 70 165 23 39 20 7 1 2 15 0 43 2 0 .236
Jay Bruce (L) CLE RF 140 535 80 136 95 29 2 34 53 0 134 1 1 .256

Pitcher

Player Tm Pos G GS W L Sv IP H HR ER BB K ERA WHIP
Mike Clevinger (R) CLE SP 24 21 11 5 0 118.0 89 13 41 56 133 3.13 1.25
Zach McAllister (R) CLE RP 48 0 2 2 0 61.0 52 8 18 21 64 2.66 1.20
Josh Tomlin (R) CLE SP 24 24 9 9 0 132.0 154 21 73 14 100 4.98 1.27
Andrew Miller (L) CLE RP 53 0 4 3 2 59.1 29 3 10 21 87 1.52 0.84
Danny Salazar (R) CLE SP 22 18 5 6 0 98.1 93 14 49 43 136 4.49 1.38
Nick Goody (R) CLE RP 54 0 1 2 0 53.1 37 7 16 18 72 2.70 1.07
Trevor Bauer (R) CLE SP 31 30 16 9 0 170.1 177 24 81 60 189 4.28 1.39
Bryan Shaw (R) CLE RP 76 0 4 5 3 75.0 68 4 27 18 70 3.24 1.19
Craig Breslow (L) CLE RP 35 0 1 1 0 34.1 39 4 18 12 21 5.23 2.51
Corey Kluber (R) CLE SP 28 28 18 4 0 198.2 135 21 50 34 262 2.27 0.86
Boone Logan (L) CLE RP 38 0 1 0 0 21.0 20 2 11 9 28 4.71 1.38
Diego Moreno (R) CLE RP 5 0 0 1 0 5.2 6 1 3 2 6 4.77 1.41
Joe Smith (R) CLE RP 56 0 3 0 1 51.2 45 4 20 9 68 3.94 2.06
Dan Otero (R) CLE RP 51 0 3 0 0 59.0 63 6 19 5 38 2.90 1.22
Tyler Olson (L) CLE RP 27 0 1 0 1 17.2 12 0 0 5 17 0.00 0.96
Shawn Armstrong (R) CLE RP 21 0 1 0 0 24.2 23 5 12 10 20 4.38 1.34
Cody Allen (R) CLE RP 66 0 3 7 29 64.0 54 8 20 21 86 2.81 1.17
Carlos Carrasco (R) CLE SP 31 31 17 6 0 191.2 167 21 73 43 212 3.43 1.11
Ryan Merritt (L) CLE RP 5 4 2 0 0 20.2 26 0 4 4 7 1.74 1.45
Kyle Crockett (L) CLE RP 4 0 0 0 0 1.2 4 0 2 1 2 10.80 3.00
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