Corey Kluber

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Corey Kluber
Corey Kluber on June 27, 2013.jpg
Kluber with the Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Indians – No. 28
Starting Pitcher
Born: (1986-04-10) April 10, 1986 (age 28)
Birmingham, Alabama
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 2011 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 31–19
Earned run average 3.34
Strikeouts 464
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Corey Scott Kluber (born April 10, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2011. His nickname is KluBot [1]

After playing college baseball for Stetson University, the San Diego Padres drafted Kluber in 2007, and traded him to the Indians in 2010. Kluber established himself in the Indians' starting rotation in 2013. He led the American League in wins and won the American League Cy Young Award in 2014.


Amateur career[edit]

Kluber attended Coppell High School in Coppell, Texas. While pitching for the school's baseball team, Kluber broke his elbow, requiring surgery and the insertion of two screws. He went unselected in the 2004 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft.[2]

Kluber enrolled at Stetson University, where he played college baseball for the Stetson Hatters baseball team in the Atlantic Sun Conference. As a freshman in 2005, Kluber was used as a relief pitcher. He compiled a 2–2 win–loss record with a 7.82 earned run average (ERA) in 25 innings pitched. As a sophomore, he had a 6–5 win–loss record and a 3.61 ERA. In 2007, Kluber had a 12–2 win–loss record and a 2.05 ERA.[2] That year, he was named both the Atlantic Sun Conference's Pitcher of the Year and a member the American Baseball Coaches Association All-Atlantic Region Second Team in 2007.[3]

Professional career[edit]

San Diego Padres[edit]

Kluber was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the fourth round of the 2007 MLB Draft.[4] The Padres signed Kluber, giving him a $200,000 signing bonus.[2] Kluber played for the Eugene Emeralds of the Class A Midwest League in 2008. On August 25, 2008, he was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week.[5] He played for the Lake Elsinore Storm of the Class A-Advanced California League in 2009. On June 1, 2009, he was named the California League Pitcher of the Week.[5] He received a promotion to the San Antonio Missions of the Class AA Texas League in 2009, finishing the year with a 11-13 win–loss record and a 4.55 ERA.[2] On July 26, 2010, Kluber was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week.[5] He pitched to a 6–6 win–loss record with a 3.45 ERA with the Missions, while leading the Texas League in strikeouts.[4][2]

Cleveland Indians[edit]

The Padres traded Kluber to the Cleveland Indians on July 31, 2010, in the three-team trade between the Padres, Indians, and St. Louis Cardinals that sent Jake Westbrook to the Cardinals and Ryan Ludwick to the Padres. The Padres also sent Nick Greenwood to the Cardinals, and the Indians paid $2.7 million of Westbrook's remaining salary.[2][6] The Indians assigned Kluber to the Akron Aeros of the Class AA Eastern League. After the 2010 season, he took part in the Indians' Winter Development Program.[7] In 2011, he was added to the Indians' 40-man roster.[8]

Kluber played for the Columbus Clippers of the Class AAA International League in 2011, pitching to a 7–11 win–loss record and a 5.56 ERA.[4] He was called up to the Indians on September 1, 2011, and made his major league debut that day. Kluber was brought up from Columbus in August 2012 to replace starting pitcher Josh Tomlin in the Indians' rotation. Tomlin was moved to the bullpen.[9]

Kluber began the 2013 season with Columbus, but received a promotion when Brett Myers suffered an elbow injury.[4] On June 16, 2013, Kluber threw eight shutout innings in a 2–0 victory over the Washington Nationals.[10] On September 22, 2014, he became the first pitcher to strike out 14 batters in consecutive starts since Randy Johnson in 2004.[citation needed] He finished the season with a 11–5 record and a 3.85 ERA.[2]

Kluber had a breakout season in 2014, finishing with an 18–9 win–loss record and a 2.44 ERA. His 18 wins were tied with Max Scherzer and Jered Weaver for the most in the American League (AL), and his ERA was the third best in the league. He also struck out 269 batters in 235 23 innings, good for second-best in the major leagues behind David Price's 271. Though the Indians missed the playoffs, the 2014 season culminated with Kluber winning the AL Cy Young Award, beating out Felix Hernandez in a tightly contested vote. Kluber earned 17 of 30 first-place votes, with Hernandez getting the remaining 13.[11]

Pitching style[edit]

Kluber relies on a low to mid 90's fastball, along with a cutter, curveball and changeup.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baseball-reference.com
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Cleveland Indians never could have guessed Corey Kluber would be a star -- Terry Pluto". cleveland.com. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Corey Kluber Profile". Padres.scout.com. Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Corey Kluber: Cy Young Award winner and role model for any pitcher who feels frustrated and forgotten -- Terry Pluto". cleveland.com. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Corey Kluber Stats, Bio, Photos, Highlights". Mlb.com. Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
  6. ^ Anthony Castrovince. "Westbrook to Cards; Ludwick to Padres". Mlb.com. Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Indians prospects ready for Winter Development Program". Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Entire 40-Man Roster Signed For 2011". Cubs.scout.com. March 12, 2011. Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
  9. ^ Bastian, Jordan (August 2, 2012). "Acta equally puzzled by Lowe's struggles". Mlb.com (Major League Baseball Advanced Media). Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  10. ^ Emery, Mark (June 16, 2013). "Clutch Kluber steals show with scoreless start". Indians.MLB.com. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ Axisa, Mike (November 12, 2014). "Indians' Corey Kluber named 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner". cbssports.com. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  12. ^ Corey Kluber, Fangraphs.com

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