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History’s warning signs for Trevor Bauer’s future (1.6.14)

When general manager Chris Antonetti acquired Trevor Bauer in last offseason’s Shin-Soo Choo trade, some — including me — heralded the right-hander as the present and future ace of the Cleveland rotation.

Clearly that did not go according to plan.

Bauer struggled from the get-go as he underwent a change to his pitching mechanics and brought the phrase “neuromuscular programming” into our lexicon. The right-hander pitched poorly during his brief callups in 2013, posting a 5.29 ERA, a 7.05 FIP, and 11:16 SO:BB in 17.0 innings. The results in the minors — a 4.15 ERA, a 5.08 FIP, and 106:73 SO:BB in 121.1 innings — did not inspire confidence either.

Considering that Bauer turns 23 years old later this month, I still think the right-hander has a very high upside. After all, he was a consensus top-10 prospect in all of baseball per Baseball America before 2012 and a consensus top-15 prospect in all of baseball per Baseball America before 2013. Bauer was IBI’s #2 prospect before 2013 — only behind Francisco Lindor — due to his three above-average pitches (fastball, curveball, and slider) and his proximity to the majors.

But that does not take away from how poorly Bauer pitched in 2013.

Last Saturday I wrote about Danny Salazar’s historic season. Bauer also had a historic season, though more in the infamous sense. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, January 6, 2014

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Get Lucky: The 2013 Cleveland Indians year-in-review (1.1.14)

What Cleveland fan is not happy about the way 2013 turned out? Going from a 68-win mess in 2012 to a playoff-bound 92-win team in 2013 was nothing short of amazing. A series of great moves in the offseason spurred the turnaround, but with any change that big, a little luck comes into play.

Last year, I used Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon to recap 2012. This year, we’re going more modern with Rolling Stone‘s #1 single of the year, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.”

It takes some luck to win 92 games. It never feels like it in Cleveland (paging the Three Stooges), but in 2013, the baseball side of things got lucky. So sit back, enjoy, and Happy New Year! Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, January 1, 2014

 
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