Corey Kluber, Starting Pitcher, Cleveland Indians, #28
Date of Birth: 4/10/1986
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama
College: Stetson University
Current Salary: $7,700,000
Corey Kluber, starting pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, was first drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2007. After three and a half years in the Padres' minor league system, they traded him to the Indians in July, 2010. He continued in the minor leagues until September 1, 2011, when he was called up to the Indians for three games.
In 2012, Kluber pitched 63.0 innings in 12 games with the Indians. He finished the season with a 2-5 record and a 5.14 ERA. He pitched 147.1 innings in 26 games in 2013 and he finished with an 11-5 record, 136 strikeouts to 33 walks, and a 3.85 ERA. He finished the 2014 season with an 18-9 record, 269 strikeouts to 51 walks, and a 2.44 ERA in 235.2 innings in 34 games. His 18 wins led the American League and he was rewarded with his first American League Cy Young award.
On May 13, 2015, Kluber had 18 strikeouts in eight shutout innings against the St. Louis Cardinals. This tied Bob Feller's 1938 record for the most strikeouts in one game by an Indians' pitcher. Kluber finished the 2015 season with a 9-16 record, 245 strikeouts to 45 walks, and a 3.49 ERA in 222.0 innings in 32 games.
Kluber had a strong season in 2016, finishing with a 3.14 ERA. He had 18 wins to 9 losses and 936 strikeouts to 207 walks in 215.0 innings in 32 games. In the postseason, he pitched 34.1 innings in 6 games and he gave up 28 hits and 7 runs. He struck out 35 batters and walked 8 and he had a 1.83 ERA.
Career pitching statistics for Kluber through 2016 include:
- 139 games played
- 887.1 innings pitched
- 58-44 win-loss record
- 936 strikeouts to 207 walks
- 3.33 ERA