- Corey Kluber (Cleveland Indians)
Kluber’s break-out year happened to be the year he would win his first Cy Young. Kluber’s 2014 campaign was the best of any righty pitcher in the league.
Kluber led the American League in WAR (7.2) and FIP (2.35), and these numbers were the closest that any pitcher could get to Kershaw. Kluber pitched an average of just under seven innings per game, and never had much trouble striking opposing batters out. He led the AL in wins and finished second in K’s and third in strikeouts per nine innings.
Kluber mostly throws a sinking fastball and a slider, but his best pitch is his cutter. He threw 2,690 combined sinkers and sliders, and just 548 cutters, but had only six fewer strikeouts using his cutter. Kluber finished eighth in the AL in batting average allowed with .232, but allowed a BA of only .091 when throwing the cutter.
Kluber is ranked ninth due to the fact that I cannot predict how consistent he will be. I will, however, make one prediction. If Corey Kluber’s 2015 season is as strong, or close to as strong, as his 2014 campaign, then he will rank second on my list next year.