The scary thing about how good Corey Kluber was in 2014 is that he has the peerless work ethic and unwavering concentration to constantly be making himself a better pitcher. Kluber has developed the ability to get ahead of hitters before they know what happened and then put them away with his illusory slider. His pitch array keeps hitters of balance at all times as he continuously improved on his approach throughout his 2014 campaign. His slider had a 45% whiff ratio in 2014 and he will continue to dominate opposing hitters in 2015.
2014 Statistic: 18-9 2.44 ERA
2015 Projections: 17-7 2.63 ERA
Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway made a success out of a mess that no one else could rectify for the second season in a row in 2014. Carlos Carrasco won the 5th spot in the rotation coming out of spring training but gave it right back by April and was sent to the bullpen. Still Calloway and the recently departed bullpen coach Kevin Cash worked thoroughly with Carlos until something clicked. When Carrasco got a second shot in the starting rotation he was a different pitcher. Carrasco’s stuff has never been the issue just whether he could put it all together. H e did in the second half posting a 1.72 ERA which was the best in baseball. If Carrasco can leave off where he was at the end of last season, Kluber and he could be a potent 1-2 punch at the top of the Indians staff.
2014 Stats:8-7, 2.55 ERA
2015 Projections: 12-5, 2.82 ERA