Indians right-hander Corey Kluber has been named the 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner by the Baseball Writers Association of America. He received 17 of the 30 first-place votes. Mariners ace Felix Hernandez received the other 13 and finished second. White Sox lefty Chris Sale came in third.
Kluber was only a mediocre pitcher in 2013 but established himself as a bona fide ace this past year, posting a stellar 2.44 ERA (152 ERA+), 1.095 WHIP, and 269 strikeouts across 235 2/3 innings. Felix had a better ERA (2.14) and WHIP (0.915), but voters are looking beyond traditional statistics these days. And hallelujah to that.
Kluber is the fourth pitcher in Indians franchise history to win the American League Cy Young Award, joining Gaylord Perry (1972), CC Sabathia (2007), and Cliff Lee (2008). The 28-year-old won’t become arbitration-eligible until 2016, so Cleveland should have him on board for at least four more seasons.