In 2013, Asdrubal Cabrera hit the ball extremely well. This is not a popular opinion; however, in 2013, Cabrera’s line drive rate of 23.4% was a well-above league average clip. Some have attributed Cabrera's plate discipline issues as a major factor that weighed down his BABIP last season, but the IBI's John Grimm explains that there is no evidence suggesting that plate discipline and BABIP are correlated.
Since the turn of the century, an outsized part of the Indians’ success has been the trade of role players for franchise centerpieces – and the trade of Esmil Rogers to the Blue Jays in exchange for Yan Gomes and Mike Aviles has continued trend. In his latest, the IBI's John Grimm takes a deep look into two players Yan Gomes and Lonnie Chisenhall who are more similar at the plate than they appear.
Carlos Santana genuinely had excellent offensive numbers last season against left-handed pitching, and while he also had good numbers against right-handed pitching there is a clear different with his approach and power when facing a right-hander. The IBI's John Grimm takes a deep and detailed look into his approach from the left and right side of the plate and pinpoints the difference as to why he is so different from each side of the plate.
Last week the IBI's John Grimm took an exceptionally deep look into Jason Kipnis's home run prowess in 2013. While researching and preparing that piece he noticed that perhaps the most notable development in his 2013 campaign was his substantial increase in both strikeouts and walks. He breaks it down as only he can with tons of data and analysis on the Indians All Star second baseman and what those increases mean.
Carrying a very solid walk rate and an excellent line-drive tendency, the Indians are counting on Kipnis to be a cornerstone for the Indians offense in 2014 and beyond. Yet while he had a career high 17-home run season in 2013, those expecting a 2014 power surge from Jason Kipnis may be disappointed. The IBI's John Grimm explains with some stunning analysis and detail, and shows just where his true value may be as a hitter.
After a 2013 Wild Card game performance in which Asdrubal Cabrera went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and the single most deflating play of the season, a double play in the bottom of the 4th with the bases loaded, the phrase ‘bounce back’ was not an appropriate word for Cleveland audiences. But the IBI's John Grimm explains in great detail how Cabrera's final 2013 numbers were affected by some poor luck and how he just may be in line for a bounce back year in 2014.
Ubaldo Jimenez was one of the most important members of the staff last year for the Indians, and the arrival of Danny Salazar late in the year helped bolster a staff in need of support after several injuries cropped up. While the Indians continue to wait and see how the Jimenez saga carries out this offseason and Salazar figures to be a key piece to the rotation behind Justin Masterson, IBI newcomer John Grimm takes a look at the rise of Corey Kluber last year and how vital he is to their success going forward.
The 2013 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!