Sep 16, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) pitches during the second inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
2. Carl Grimes – Lonnie Chisenhall
Through the years we have watched Carl gradually develop from a doe-eyed, soft, little boy into a legitimate bad ass. Did anyone actually see that one coming? The kid who once ran from walkers and didn’t want to hold a gun is probably two seasons away from trying to contest his father for leadership of the group. Carl has proven over time that he can take care of himself. The future looks bright as he continues on that path over the next few seasons.
Meanwhile, Lonnie Chisenhall was at one time a top prospect who couldn’t quite put it together. But, after a breakout season in 2014, Chisenhall appears to have locked up the every day job as the team’s starting third baseman. The development has been unreal. If this keeps up, he might be vying for leadership of the team in about two seasons. He really is the Carl Grimes of the Cleveland Indians.
1. Rick Grimes – Corey Kluber
Rick is the unquestioned leader of the group. He is the rock, the one everybody else turns to when decisions need to be made. When the group needs him, he is always there. Originally, it wasn’t clear if Rick would have what it takes to lead the survivors in a post apocalyptic world, but due to circumstances beyond his control he grew into the role. He’s ruthless and possibly a cold-blooded killer. I mean, he ripped a guy’s throat out with his teeth. He’s a bad ass.
Corey Kluber is without a shadow of a doubt the Rick Grimes of the Cleveland Indians. He is their leader heading into the 2015 season. So goes Corey Kluber; so goes the Cleveland Indians. In 2014 Kluber proved that when the team needed him to come through, he could do it. His arsenal of pitches is filthy. He’s a cold-blooded killer of major league hitters, but it wasn’t always like that. Prior to last season, Kluber had shown glimpses, but there had been far more bad than good. The he won the Cy Young award and the narrative changed. Corey Kluber, lead the way.