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Corey Kluber
Birthdate: 4/10/1986 (30 y, 11 m, 16 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-4/215     Position: P
Drafted: 2007 June Amateur Draft - Round: 4, Pick: 10, Overall: 134, Team: San Diego Padres
Contract: $38.5M / 5 Years (2015 - 2019) + 2 Option Years
RotoWire News: Kluber tossed four innings, allowing two runs on five hits and no walks while striking out four Padres on Sunday. (3/12/2017)
Profiles:  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Despite his inability to dominate in one of the greatest World Series games of all time (Game 7, on short rest), Kluber’s 2016 season was another rousing success, further solidifying him as one of the more consistent top shelf starting pitchers in the game. Since the beginning of his Cy Young 2014 season, only David Price, Max Scherzer, and Johnny Cueto have thrown more innings than Kluber (averaging 224 IP per season), and among “horses” (min. 200 IP per season) during that same stretch he ranks 3rd in strikeouts per nine innings (9.9), 5th in walks per nine innings (2.05), and 5th in earned run average (3.01), the last of which is heavily supported by a fielding independent ERA of 2.84 over the same period. Despite being the textbook definition of consistency, fantasy owners may view 2017 with some small degree of caution when they notice the spike in Kluber’s walk rate (7%) last season coincided with his lowest strikeout percentage (26%) in three years. Perhaps some of strikeout rate slippage can be attributed to a more than 5% decrease in slider usage, but with no major decline evident in the average velocity of his pitches, and no red flags found in his batted ball data either, owners can breathe easy and feel confident that Corey Kluber offers one of the safest, most productive starting pitcher profiles in the game. (Trey Baughn)

The Quick Opinion: Kluber’s 2016 surface stats might look just a little less shiny than his two previous stellar seasons, but fantasy owners have little to worry about. Pitching almost all of 2017 at the age of 31, Kluber is still in his prime and should be counted on to deliver another 215+ IP of high quality production on what appears to be a very strong Indians team.

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