Welcome to the third installment of the IBI Awards!
At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage.
Today is the first installment of the IBI Awards, the Most Valuable Hitter. Unsurprisingly, one name stood above the rest:
Brantley took the top spot in each ballot submitted, which does not come as a shock based on the fact the outfielder is a legitimate candidate for the American League Most Valuable Player award.
Beyond Brantley, the rest of the votes broke down similarly. My personal ballot followed the top four exactly, as did many other ballots. Gomes and Santana both look like lineup cornerstones (and are not necessarily negatives on defense, especially after Santana moved to first base), and while Chisenhall tailed off terribly in the second half, his overall season ended up pretty decent.
My fifth spot went to Kipnis, a sentiment shared by no one else. If you want to see why in better detail, you can see it in my recent year-end roster rankings piece where I ranked Kipnis one spot behind Chisenhall. But the short version involves his high number of plate appearances compared to other players and his slight positive value on the season.
Here is what the rest of IBI had to say: Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, October 6, 2014