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. For part one of the year-end rankings, click here:
- 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
#20 Mike Aviles, INF/OF (Previous Rank: 14, 6, 16, 21)
Aviles seems to just be what he is at this point: a player capable of filling in basically anywhere on the field but not good enough offensively to be more than a replacement-level player. That defensive versatility is nice to have on the bench, but given Cleveland’s other versatile options coming up through the system (Jose Ramirez after Francisco Lindor presumably takes the shortstop position, Tyler Holt’s ability to play all three outfield positions, Zach Walters to some extent, etc.), it may not be enough to justify exercising Aviles’ $3.5 million team option at a time when cash is tight for the organization. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, October 3, 2014