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Stark

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I'll do it. So I'm clear we're picking guys based on a single season rather than overall career or is season designation optional?

Either or is fine by me. Any Indian you select will be at the height of their Cleveland peak, so a season designation isn’t necessary if you don’t want to do it. However, if you pick a guy with a ton of great seasons here like Manny or Feller and want to specify a specific season, feel free.

If you draft Trevor Bauer and don’t specify a season, we’d assume it was Cy Young candidate Bauer and not 4.5 ERA Bauer.
 

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Going to randomly select the draft order tonight before I go to sleep and post it here, whoever gets the first pick will be on the clock starting then. Anybody else that wants in, be sure to let me know in this thread or via PM before midnight tonight.
 

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Alrighty, I'm going to pull the plug on sign-ups, it's been open for close to 36 hours and this thread has a good chunk of views.

Here's where you can find the draft board: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vhOOAVnG0Q_8Iol125TTlzYdmgpyBo2v3oz28mybcD4/edit#gid=0

Here is the draft order (randomly selected):
  1. @JDailey23
  2. @Stark
  3. @sportscoach
  4. @daddywags
  5. @PIP
  6. @Kevalier
Remember that this is a snake draft, so Kevalier will pick twice in a row and it'll come back in the reverse for round two and so on.

@JDailey23 is on the clock, I'm on deck, and @sportscoach is in the hole. When you make your selection, try to remember to tag or message the next person that is up so we can keep this moving. Make sure to review the rules before making your pick, and have fun!

Go as short-handed or in-depth as you want for your picks. You don't have to specify a year if you don't want to, but feel free to go super into analytics if you want. I'm sure all of us draftees and those who will be following along would love to learn something new!
 

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Dude is so going Bob Feller
 

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Dude is so going Bob Feller

Interested to see if people go pitcher or offense heavy early on. I've got a pretty good idea of my pick at #2 if Dailey does choose to go for Feller.
 

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Were you in? I saw you commented but didn't see you actually commit. No picks have been made, so I can still add people.
Nah just trying to tag people who I think would be interested/good baseball knowledge

My tribe historical knowledge is too lacking to participate
 

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With Feller off the board, that makes the two man race I had for my top overall pick a bit easier.

With the 2nd overall pick, the Wailing Wahoos select: Corey Kluber, Starting Pitcher

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Career w/ Cleveland: 2011-present
Career Stats w/ Cleveland: 98-58, 3.16 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 9.8 K/9, 2.0 BB/9, 33.2 WAR, 3x All-Star, 2x Cy Young, 1x ERA Leader

Kluber second overall? Yes.
  • Kluber is the modern-day king of Cleveland Indians starting pitching, and in a franchise where there is not a ton of elite talent at SP available compared to offensive talent, I wanted to make sure I secured one of our very best.
  • Kluber is the only two time Cy Young award winner in franchise history, and also had a strong case of winning a third time in 2016 (finished 3rd).
  • Kluber's career WHIP (1.08) is actually better than Bob Feller's best seasonal WHIP of 1.13. Eras and batter approaches are of course different, but Kluber was always far more in control than Feller (4.1 career BB/9 vs. Kluber's 2.0), while Kluber also struck batters out at a much higher rate as well (9.8 career K/9 vs. Feller's 6.1).
  • To give Feller some credit here (and I'm not ragging on Dailey's pick either, Feller is a great #1 overall selection), according to WAR, he's had three seasons that were better than Kluber's absolute best (1946, 1940, 1939).
The year I've chosen where I believe Kluber was at his absolute peak for Cleveland was his Cy Young award winning campaign in 2017. He had a higher WAR when he won the Cy Young in 2014 actually, but a lot of that was him throwing ~30 more innings that season.

In 2017, Kluber finished with numbers of: 18-4, 2.25 ERA, 202 ERA+, 0.869 WHIP, 265 K, 203.2 IP, 5 CG, 3 SHO, 11.7 K/9, 1.6 BB/9, 6.2 H/9, 0.9 HR/9, 8.1 WAR

He led the league that season in wins, ERA, ERA+, WHIP, CG, SHO, H/9, BB/9, and SO/W (7.36) as he cruised past Chris Sale and Luis Severino to his second Cy Young.

Corey Kluber, one of the truly great starters in Cleveland history, and for my money, far and away the best of the modern era. Hopefully for us, he's not done yet either. Beyond happy to be able to snag him to head my rotation.

@sportscoach is on the clock, @daddywags is on deck
 

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With Feller off the board, that makes the two man race I had for my top overall pick a bit easier.

With the 2nd overall pick, the Wailing Wahoos select: Corey Kluber, Starting Pitcher



Career w/ Cleveland: 2011-present
Career Stats w/ Cleveland: 98-58, 3.16 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 9.8 K/9, 2.0 BB/9, 33.2 WAR, 3x All-Star, 2x Cy Young, 1x ERA Leader

Kluber second overall? Yes.
  • Kluber is the modern-day king of Cleveland Indians starting pitching, and in a franchise where there is not a ton of elite talent at SP available compared to offensive talent, I wanted to make sure I secured one of our very best.
  • Kluber is the only two time Cy Young award winner in franchise history, and also had a strong case of winning a third time in 2016 (finished 3rd).
  • Kluber's career WHIP (1.08) is actually better than Bob Feller's best seasonal WHIP of 1.13. Eras and batter approaches are of course different, but Kluber was always far more in control than Feller (4.1 career BB/9 vs. Kluber's 2.0), while Kluber also struck batters out at a much higher rate as well (9.8 career K/9 vs. Feller's 6.1).
  • To give Feller some credit here (and I'm not ragging on Dailey's pick either, Feller is a great #1 overall selection), according to WAR, he's had three seasons that were better than Kluber's absolute best (1946, 1940, 1939).
The year I've chosen where I believe Kluber was at his absolute peak for Cleveland was his Cy Young award winning campaign in 2017. He had a higher WAR when he won the Cy Young in 2014 actually, but a lot of that was him throwing ~30 more innings that season.

In 2017, Kluber finished with numbers of: 18-4, 2.25 ERA, 202 ERA+, 0.869 WHIP, 265 K, 203.2 IP, 5 CG, 3 SHO, 11.7 K/9, 1.6 BB/9, 6.2 H/9, 0.9 HR/9, 8.1 WAR

He led the league that season in wins, ERA, ERA+, WHIP, CG, SHO, H/9, BB/9, and SO/W (7.36) as he cruised past Chris Sale and Luis Severino to his second Cy Young.

Corey Kluber, one of the truly great starters in Cleveland history, and for my money, far and away the best of the modern era. Hopefully for us, he's not done yet either. Beyond happy to be able to snag him to head my rotation.

@sportscoach is on the clock, @daddywags is on deck
An ERA+ over 200 always gets my juices flowing
 

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Bummed I missed this over the weekend but very excited to follow along!
 

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Bummed I missed this over the weekend but very excited to follow along!

Can always throw you in at the end of the first round if there's no objections.
 

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