Indians Notes: Kluber, Brantley, Willingham

Corey Kluber‘s emergence as the Indians‘ ace began on a rainy day with Triple-A Columbus in 2011,’s Jordan Bastian writes in a close at why Kluber has been so successful this season. That day in 2011 is when Kluber began experimenting with his two-seam sinker, which has since become the pitch that allows him to set up his cutter and curveball. Kluber also adds that he’s gotten much better at commanding his cutter this season. Here are more notes on the Indians.

  • The four-year, $25MM extension to which the Indians signed Michael Brantley in February now looks like a bargain, Fangraphs’ Jeff Sullivan writes in a piece for FOX Sports. Brantley has broken out in a big way, hitting .322/.380/.512 while producing 4.8 fWAR this season. Sullivan points out that Brantley’s offensive improvement this season has been bigger than any player’s except that of the Reds’ Devin Mesoraco. Brantley has increased his power while reducing strikeouts, and that’s a good combination for a player who already hit for a good average. Sullivan explains that Brantley’s increase in power has partially been the result of him being more of a pull hitter against fastballs. He’s also swinging at more strikes than he used to.
  • The Indians are on the fringes of the playoff race, but they decided they didn’t want Josh Willingham, Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer writes. The Twins ended up trading Willingham to the Royals. Cleveland offered Willingham a two-year deal prior to the 2012 season, but he ended up taking three from Minnesota. Willingham was very productive in the first season of that deal, but the Indians may have had a point about that third year — Willingham’s production has slipped since 2012.

8 Responses to Indians Notes: Kluber, Brantley, Willingham Leave a Reply

  1. Vandals Took The Handles 11 months ago

    Kruber is the best starting pitcher in the AL.

    • PittsburghPirates0022 11 months ago

      Felix is better

    • Brad Vance 11 months ago

      Felix & Sale disagree.

      • KJ4realz 11 months ago

        I love me some Sale but I think Kluber is number two behind Felix this season (attributing that to IP). If Sale didn’t miss as many innings as he has and stayed what he is, he’d be two. The innings amount is a big push for Kluber in my opinion.

    • Metsfan93 11 months ago

      -not named Felix Hernandez.

    • start_wearing_purple 11 months ago

      Yeah, I’m gonna chime in with the crowd and say Felix still holds the crown.

  2. Vandals Took The Handles 11 months ago

    Indians are going back into rebuilding mode.

    It’s what they do.

    • KJ4realz 11 months ago

      They have a very solid young core. Don’t think they are going rebuild. Kluber, Brantley, Gomes, Santana, Kipnis, is a cheap core and younger core. Add in some prospects like Lindor and I know he’s struggling again, but Chisenhall and they should not be looking to rebuild at all. Also Bauer… Yeah. Think the Indians are looking pretty decent.

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