31-year old lefty reliever Andrew Miller of the Cleveland Indians finished #9 in the voting for the 2016 A.L. Cy Young Award in 2016. Miller pitched in 26 games (0 starts) for the Indians last year after he was acquired in a deal with the Yankees and he was 4-0 with 3 saves, a 1.55 ERA and a 0.55 WHIP! He pitched in 70 games (0 starts) for the Tribe and Yankees overall last year and he was 10-1 with 12 saves, a 1.45 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP. He gave up 42 hits and 9 walks while whiffing an amazing 123 batters in only 74 1/3 innings last year! Miller has now pitched in 389 games (66 starts) in his first 11 years in the show and he is 43-41 with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. I have heard whispers that the Indians might put Miller on the trade block this winter, which would be amazingly stupid, considering how outstanding of a pitcher that he what they gave up to get him.
30-year old righty starting pitcher Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians finished 3rd in the voting for the 2016 American League Cy Young Award! Kluber pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Indians last year and he was 18-9 with a 3.14 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. Kluber gave up 170 hits and 57 walks while whiffing 227 batters in 215 innings for the Tribe last year. He has now pitched in 139 games (134 starts) in his first 6 years with the Tribe and he is 58-44 with a 3.33 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. He won the A.L. Cy Young Award in 2014 for the Tribe. Kluber pitched in 34 games (all starts) for the Indians in 2014 and he was 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. Kluber is now #35 in ERA (3.33), #38 in wins (58), #7 in WHIP (1.14), #46 in innings pitched (887 1/3), #10 in strikeouts (936) and he is tied for #35 in games started (134) in franchise history! Kluber is the main man for the Cleveland Indians’ starting rotation!
UPDATE: (11/22/2016) – Corey Kluber finished tied for #19 in the voting for the 2016 American League MVP Award with outfielder Adam Eaton of the White Sox and 3B Evan Longoria of the Rays.
The Cleveland Indians have re-signed 34-year old righty swinging catcher Guillermo Quiroz to a minor league deal. Quiroz played in 75 games in AAA-ball for the Tribe last year and he was 72 of 273 (.264 avg, .761 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 11 homers and 38 RBI. He last played in the show back in 2014 for the Giants. Quiroz has now played in 148 games in his first 10 years in the show and he is 69 of 346 (.199 avg, .533 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 3 homers, 34 RBI and 1 stolen base. This was a depth signing for the Tribe and little more.
25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Tyler Naquin really stepped up for the Cleveland Indians in 2016. For that he finished in 3rd place in the voting for the 2016 A.L. Rookie of the Year Award. Naquin played in 116 games for the Indians last year and he was 95 of 321 (.296 avg, .886 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 14 homers, 43 RBI and 6 stolen bases. Naquin did have some holes in his swing as he whiffed 112 times while walking 36 times last year. Naquin has a bright future for the Cleveland Indians!
22-year old shortstop Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians has won the first Gold Glove Award of his career so far in 2016! Lindor played in 153 games at SS for the Tribe last year and he had 12 errors, was a part of 83 double plays and he had a .982 fielding percentage. Lindor has now played in 253 games at SS in his first two years with the Tribe and he has made 22 errors, been a part of 143 double plays and he has a .979 career fielding percentage. Lindor has outstanding range and often looks like an acrobat in the field. Think Omar Vizquel or Ozzie Smith, but with a much better bat!