Ranking the 2014 roster at the stretch run, part one (9.1.14)

04 Sep

Though there have been ups and downs this season, Cleveland’s 70-64 record has them on the fringes of playoff contention and in the thick of things as the calendar turns to September. Despite some definite disappointments, there are still plenty of bright spots on the team this season.

With the season heading toward the stretch run, it is once again time to rank the roster. These rankings represent a snapshot of each player’s performance to date and does not account for bad luck, coming regression, etc. Players with more playing time are given some preference to those with less, though in this edition of the rankings, I am giving it a little less weight.

For previous editions of the rankings, click the links below:

In-text photos from ESPN

#43 Ryan Raburn, OF (Previous Rank: 16, 24, 25)

With -1.2 fWAR and -1.6 rWAR in 70 games, Raburn qualifies as one of the worst players in the majors this season, a result that follows Raburn’s strange pattern of performance. With -1.5 fWAR in 2012 and 2.4 fWAR in 2013, Raburn oscillated between extremes over the last three years. As for what is wrong this year, the combination of injuries, a low .239 BABIP, and the evaporation of his power (.085 isolated power) and walk rate (5.9 percent) are to blame. Raburn’s $2.5 million contract for 2015 likely means he will be on the roster next year, and given his recent performance swings, who knows what to expect. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, September 1, 2014

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