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2017 RECAP

Record: 102 - 60

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 102 60
2 Minnesota Twins 85 77
3 Kansas City Royals 80 82
4 Chicago White Sox 67 95
5 Detroit Tigers 64 98

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 105 341 43 79 56 15 0 14 31 0 99 0 0 .232
Roberto Pérez (R) CLE C 73 217 22 45 38 12 0 8 26 0 71 0 1 .207
Francisco Mejia (B) CLE C 11 13 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 .154

First Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Carlos Santana (B) CLE 1B 154 571 90 148 79 37 3 23 82 6 94 5 1 .259

Second Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Rob Refsnyder (R) CLE 2B 52 88 8 15 0 2 1 0 7 1 17 4 1 .135

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 49 156 25 41 13 8 1 0 21 0 35 2 0 .263
Giovanny Urshela (R) CLE 3B 67 156 14 35 15 7 0 1 8 0 22 0 0 .224
José Ramírez (B) CLE 3B 152 585 107 186 83 56 6 29 47 5 69 17 5 .318

Short Stop

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Erik González (R) CLE SS 60 110 18 28 11 6 0 4 3 0 37 1 2 .255
Francisco Lindor (B) CLE SS 159 651 99 178 89 44 4 33 54 6 93 15 3 .273

Left Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Michael Brantley (L) CLE LF 90 338 47 101 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 85 280 46 89 35 19 3 7 33 0 64 3 1 .318

Center Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Tyler Naquin (L) CLE CF 19 37 4 8 1 2 0 0 2 0 9 0 1 .216
Greg Allen (B) CLE CF 25 35 7 8 6 1 0 1 2 0 8 1 0 .229
Bradley Zimmer (L) CLE CF 101 299 41 72 39 15 2 8 25 1 99 18 1 .241
Jason Kipnis (L) CLE CF 90 336 43 78 35 25 0 12 28 0 71 6 2 .232

Right Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Abraham Almonte (B) CLE RF 69 172 26 40 14 8 3 3 20 0 46 2 1 .233
Lonnie Chisenhall (L) CLE RF 82 236 34 68 53 17 1 12 23 2 55 2 2 .288
Brandon Guyer (R) CLE RF 70 165 23 39 20 7 1 2 15 0 43 2 0 .236
Jay Bruce (L) CLE RF 146 555 82 141 101 29 2 36 57 0 139 1 1 .256

Pitcher

Player Tm Pos G GS W L Sv IP H HR ER BB K ERA WHIP
Zach McAllister (R) CLE RP 50 0 2 2 0 62.0 53 8 18 21 66 2.61 1.19
Craig Breslow (L) CLE RP 37 0 1 1 0 35.1 41 4 20 12 23 5.23 2.77
Danny Salazar (R) CLE SP 23 19 5 6 0 103.0 94 14 49 44 145 4.28 1.34
Andrew Miller (L) CLE RP 57 0 4 3 2 62.2 31 3 10 21 95 1.44 0.83
Nick Goody (R) CLE RP 56 0 1 2 0 54.2 39 7 17 18 72 2.80 1.08
Mike Clevinger (R) CLE SP 27 21 12 6 0 121.2 92 13 42 58 137 3.11 1.25
Trevor Bauer (R) CLE SP 32 31 17 9 0 176.1 181 25 82 60 196 4.19 1.37
Josh Tomlin (R) CLE SP 26 26 10 9 0 141.0 166 23 78 14 109 4.98 1.28
Bryan Shaw (R) CLE RP 79 0 4 6 3 76.2 71 5 30 19 73 3.52 1.21
Corey Kluber (R) CLE SP 29 29 18 4 0 203.2 141 21 51 34 265 2.25 0.87
Diego Moreno (R) CLE RP 5 0 0 1 0 5.2 6 1 3 2 6 4.77 1.41
Boone Logan (L) CLE RP 38 0 1 0 0 21.0 20 2 11 9 28 4.71 1.38
Dan Otero (R) CLE RP 52 0 3 0 0 60.0 63 6 19 5 38 2.85 1.20
Joe Smith (R) CLE RP 59 0 3 0 1 53.3 46 4 20 9 71 3.44 1.99
Tyler Olson (L) CLE RP 30 0 1 0 1 20.0 13 0 0 6 18 0.00 0.95
Cody Allen (R) CLE RP 69 0 3 7 30 67.1 57 9 22 21 92 2.94 1.16
Shawn Armstrong (R) CLE RP 21 0 1 0 0 24.2 23 5 12 10 20 4.38 1.34
Carlos Carrasco (R) CLE SP 32 32 18 6 0 200.0 173 21 73 44 226 3.29 1.10
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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