The 2013 season proved quite successful for Cleveland as the team completed a 24-win turnaround and made the playoffs with a 92-70 record.
As a part of recapping the year that was, IBI is once again giving out some year-end awards. Unlike last year, we will be focusing only on Cleveland-centric awards. Today we unveil IBI’s Most Valuable Hitter:
Kipnis posted a .284/.366/.452 line and a 5.8 rWAR as he led the way for Cleveland on offense. Santana posted a .268/.377/.455 line and a 4.4 rWAR as he parlayed his patience-power combination into a true middle-of-the-order threat for Terry Francona to use. These two were at the top of my list, and, as you can tell by the voting, were at the top of many others’ lists as well.
Gomes, Swisher, and Raburn rounded out my list as Brantley fell just short. As nice as Brantley’s swing is, his offense rates as roughly average (104 wRC+) and some defensive metrics do not love his range (-10.8 runs below-average per Fangraphs). Brantley is a great player to have, but I see him more as a solid-average contributor, not someone elite.
Here’s what the rest of IBI thinks: Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, October 14, 2013