The Indians were o.k. for a while last year, but the last two months doomed both the team and manager Manny Acta (as he was fired). The Indians finished up with a 68-94 record (42%), finishing in 4th place in the A.L. Central, 20 games behind the Tigers. Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impacts for the Tribe in 2012, in my opinion:
Team MVP – Shin-Soo Choo – 30-year old lefty swinging RF Shin-Soo Choo was the one consistent hitter for the Indians in 2012. Choo played in 155 games for the Indians last year and he was 169 of 598 (.283 avg, .815 OPS) with 88 runs scored, 16 homers, 67 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.
Best Pitcher – Vinnie Pestano – 27-year old righty set-up man Vinnie Pestano was the Indians’ best pitcher in 2012. He pitched in 70 games (0 starts) for the Tribe last year and he was 3-3 with 2 saves, a 2.57 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. Pestano gave up 53 hits and he walked 24 batters while whiffing 76 of them in only 70 innings pitched, which is pretty darn impressive.
Biggest Surprise – Esmil Rogers – The Indians dealt for 27-year old righty reliever Esmil Rogers during the season. He pitched in 23 games (0 starts) for the Rockies in 2012 and he was 0-2 with a 8.06 ERA and a 2.10 WHIP. So, the Indians weren’t expecting a whole lot, but they were surprised. Rogers pitched in 44 games (0 starts) for the Indians after the trade and he was 3-1 with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.
Biggest Disappointment – Ubaldo Jimenez – The Indians dealt four solid propects for 28-year old righty starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez a year and a half ago, and he has really sucked for them. Jimenez pitched in 31 games (all starts) for the Indians last year and he was 9-17 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. He lead the majors in losses in 2012.