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Will Trevor Bauer and T.J. House follow in Kluber’s footsteps?
Andrew Schmid: My pick for the most improved player next year is Trevor Bauer. He’s getting older and more mature, and this is going to be the year that he puts it all together. He has potential, as evidenced by his being the third selection in the 2011 draft, and his command has improved each season. Bauer has yet to walk a batter across 12 innings of work this Spring Training. Combining this with his off-season workout routine, he should be primed to improve greatly. Also, the Indians have started to implement some of his workout methods. While this may seem insignificant, it shows that they are embracing him more, and that should only help with Bauer’s confidence.
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Cody Norman: After coming out of nowhere to contribute last season, T.J. House is set to be the most improved played for the Tribe in 2015. He has put together an impressive spring, posting a 2.79 ERA over 9.2 innings and three appearances, and has demonstrated outstanding command. While he may never be a top-of-the-line arm in the Tribe rotation, House is a favorite to earn one of the remaining spots in the rotation and, with a half-season of big league baseball under his belt, he should only improve upon the 3.35 ERA from a year ago.
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