“The key is getting ahead early and staying ahead in the count.”
2014 American League Cy Young Award Winner Corey Kluber
Corey Kluber completed his first full season in the Major Leagues in 2014. He did it in grand fashion by winning the American League Cy Young Award with a record of 18-9 and a 2.44 ERA. Kluber was drafted by the San Diego Padres out of Stetson University. Corey was traded from the Padres to the Cleveland Indians in 2010. He is 28 years old.
I first saw Corey Kluber in 2011 when he pitched for the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. I was impressed with his breaking stuff, but he did not have command of his fastball. In 2011 with Columbus, Kluber did not fare well; his record was 7-11 with a 5.56 ERA. Who could have predicted that three years later he would win the Cy Young Award! In the end, a pitcher who does not have control, does not have anything. Kluber worked very hard to develop fastball command and started to get ahead of hitters. When a pitcher gets ahead in the count, the batter gets “defensive”. Not only does Corey Kluber get ahead of hitters now, he also puts them away!