The 2014 season may have ended with some disappointment with Cleveland missing the playoffs, but finishing with an 85-77 record and being in contention until the last weekend of the season is not all that bad.
Before looking forward to 2015, first IBI is going to look back on 2014. Personally, that starts for me with these roster rankings before transitioning to the IBI Awards next week.
As a reminder, these rankings only represent a player’s performance in 2014 and do not account for bad luck, coming regression, etc. Players with more playing time are given some preference to those since performing decently for a whole season is harder to do than being great in limited time.
The other versions of these rankings in 2014 are listed below:
- Preseason part one and part two
- At the 40-game mark
- At the All-Star Break part one and part two
- At the stretch run part one and part two
In-text photos from ESPN
#46 Ryan Raburn, OF (Previous Rank: 16, 24, 25, 43)
Following a .200/.250/.297 line, -1.1 fWAR, and -1.4 rWAR in 74 games, the combination of poor performance and playing time leaves Raburn as the lowest-ranked player who donned a Cleveland uniform in 2014. How much of that poor performance was due to lingering injury issues — he only played four games in September due to undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery — remains to be seen, but with a guaranteed contract for 2015, clearly the organization will be hoping for a comeback similar to what Raburn experienced in 2013. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, October 1, 2014