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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2014 10:17 pm    Post subject: Breakout Star: Corey Kluber Reply with quote



This is Corey Kluber. You may not know who he is, but he has unexpectedly turned into an ace for the Indians.

Kluber did not make his first major league start until 2012 at the age of 26. In 12 starts that year, he had a 5.14 ERA and a 4.29 FIP. He was not very good. In 2013, he was considerably better, pitching to a 3.85 ERA and 3.30 FIP. This year, as a 28-year-old, Kluber has taken off.

Two months into the season, Kluber has a 3.04 ERA and a 2.20 FIP. He is averaging 10.69 K/9 and 1.23 BB/9. He entered today leading all AL pitchers in WAR and that's not counting today's 12-strikeout performance. This month alone, Kluber has 60 strikeouts. That is the most by an MLB pitcher in the month of May since Curt Schilling struck out 62 in May 2002 with the defending world champion Arizona Diamondbacks.
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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2014 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He's been nothing short of incredible this season. With the huge decline in velocity from Masterson, it's looking like we made the right choice in not extending him. Hopefully Corey keeps this up and he'll be our guy going forward.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65wdkNtSJeU
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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2014 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is Klub's still leading the majors in K's. I believe that was stated before his last start. Never did see how close it was though.
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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2014 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty sure Cueto and Price are ahead by a couple.
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kluber has 95. Price and Strasburg are second with 90
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty cool and unexpected breakout season from Kluber. Never thought he'd be this good.
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haven't seen him pitch yet but those numbers are incredible. What's his scouting report? I've seen a few tweets from BeyondtheBoxScore about his cutter/slider.
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jacobys Homey wrote:
Haven't seen him pitch yet but those numbers are incredible. What's his scouting report? I've seen a few tweets from BeyondtheBoxScore about his cutter/slider.


Fangraphs wrote:
So how did a 27-year-old fringe prospect transform himself into one of the MLBís better pitchers in less than two years time? Kluber will tell you that it started with the two-seamer. Kluber never threw a two-seam fastball until Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway advised him before the 2012 season to ditch his four-seam fastball for the sinking two-seamer in an effort to work down in the strike zone more often and generate ground balls. Now, Kluber throws it half the time. On the first pitch, he throws it 60% of the time. In a hysterical in-game interview from Tuesday, Kluber credited getting ahead of hitters as the most important thing to his success, and the two-seamer is what he uses to get ahead of hitters.

And if it was Kluberís two-seam fastball that put him on the map, itís his cut fastball that helped turn him into an ace. Despite PITCHf/x calling it a slider, likely due to the massive amount of horizontal movement it has, Kluber himself calls it a cutter and Brooks Baseball knows better and classifies it as such. But before we talk about Corey Kluberís cutter, letís put it into context. Below are the 10 most valuable pitches in baseball since the beginning of 2013, according to PITCHf/x run values.

Behold:

    Player // Pitch Type // Value
  • Yu Darvish // Slider // 43.5
  • Clayton Kershaw // Fastball // 40.5
  • Jose Fernandez // Curveball // 31.8
  • Max Scherzer // Fastball // 28.0
  • Cole Hamels // Changeup // 27.3
  • Justin Masterson // Slider // 23.1
  • Corey Kluber // Cutter // 22.4
  • Adam Wainwright // Curveball // 22.0
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu // Changeup // 21.7
  • Lance Lynn // Fastball // 21.5


Cliffs:
- elite cutter with 21.2 (!!) % swinging strike rate, destroys righties down and away

- great "slurve" with 21.3 (!!) % swinging strike rate

- above average changeup to throw to lefties

With his peripherals the last two years it's hard to see him not sustaining his pace. Legitimate front end starter right now, legitimate ace if he keeps it up. Elite K/9, great BB/9, borderline elite K/BB rate, great HR rate.. eating innings on par with the guys who are always the top of the league, 4th highest BABIP against for qualified pitchers so it's not like he's been lucky. His K rate probably goes down a bit with a larger sample and his HR/FB rate should increase... that will negatively effect his FIP/WAR... but honestly, not much looks like it's due for regression.
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy crap that cutter is amazing
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice post UofM.

It's such a treat to watch him pitch. No emotion and just filthy stuff.
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

someone has been reading fangraphs. Damn good article Ill admit.
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devils1854 wrote:
someone has been reading fangraphs. Damn good article Ill admit.


the article is linked in the post. if you missed it, it's in the quote. i'm not trying to credit it as my own. i just gave the summary. Laughing
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UofMfan909 wrote:
devils1854 wrote:
someone has been reading fangraphs. Damn good article Ill admit.


the article is linked in the post. if you missed it, it's in the quote. i'm not trying to credit it as my own. i just gave the summary. Laughing


I was talking about greenie. I didnt even notice your post. Very Happy

Fangraphs has a hard on for Kluber.
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

devils1854 wrote:
UofMfan909 wrote:
devils1854 wrote:
someone has been reading fangraphs. Damn good article Ill admit.


the article is linked in the post. if you missed it, it's in the quote. i'm not trying to credit it as my own. i just gave the summary. Laughing


I was talking about greenie. I didnt even notice your post. Very Happy

Fangraphs has a hard on for Kluber.


I loved their Corey Kluber fanclub meetings minutes last year. Great articles.
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