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February 20, 2015Baseball

American League Previews #2: AL Central Division

By: Trent A. Brinkley         February 20, 2015. Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)

    In the next series of the 2015 American League Breakdown Series I preview the AL Central Division. Last season, the Detroit Tigers were the regular-season championships with a record of (90-72), coming in a close second place were the Kansas City Royals (89-73), who clinched the Wild Card slot. The Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, and Minnesota Twins, rounded out the AL Central Division finishing 3rd, 4th, and 5th place, not making it into the playoffs. The Detroit Tigers made it to the American League Divisional Series before getting swept by the Baltimore Orioles (3-0), losing the last game at home in a pitching duel between Bud Norris (Orioles) vs David Price (Tigers), where the Tigers lost 1-2. The Kansas City Royals on the other hand, made it to the World Series, but lost in Game 7, by the score of (3-4) to the San Francisco Giants, seen in the video at the end of this paragraph. The 2015 MLB Season is approaching, and AL Central looks to have another competitive year, who do I think will win the division?, well, you just have to read my breakdown to see who I think will win the AL Central Division. If you missed the AL East Division Breakdown, the link will be at the bottom of the article. I hope you enjoy this AL Central Division Breakdown, feel free to comment below your thoughts on this article, or anything baseball related, and I will get back to you. Also, follow me on my various forms of social media, you can find my social media handles also at the bottom of the article. So with that being said, Play Ball!, or in this case, Enjoy!

AL Central Division Standings Prediction:

1. Detroit Tigers

2. Kansas City Royals

3. Chicago White Sox

4. Cleveland Indians

5. Minnesota Twins

White Sox

Chicago White Sox

Total Wins Prediction:                       79 WinsGetty Images

Getty Images

Best Pitcher:         Starting Pitcher Chris Sale2014 Stats: (12-4)  2.17 ERA  0.97 WHIP  208 K’s  .205 opposing BASale’s Pitches: 4-Seam Fastball2-Seam Fastball, Slider, ChangeupSale Stat: His slider has a 43% WHIFF rate, it is his most common 2 strike pitch from both sides of the plate(Getty Images)

(Getty Images)

Biggest Offensive Threat:     1B Jose Abreu2014 Stats: .317 BA  35 Doubles  36 HR  107 RBIs  .581 Slugging%  .383 On-Base%Accomplishments: All-Star (2014), AL Rookie of the Year(2014), Sliver Slugger (2014)(Photo by Bill Mitchell)

(Photo by Bill Mitchell)

Prospect to Watch:      LHP Carlos Rodon (6’3″ 235lbs)Minor League Stats: 9 Game Appearances 2.92 ERA  1.34 WHIP 38 K’s  .215 Opposing BADraft: 2012 MLB Draft, 1st Round, 3rd OverallThings they did Well:Team Hits:       Ranked 13th in the MLB Team Doubles:  Ranked 11th in the MLB Team HRs:        Ranked 8th in the MLB Team RBIs:       Ranked 13th in the MLBWhite Sox Struggles:Team ERA:       4.29 ERA (Ranked 27th in the MLB)Team ER:         687 Earned Runs (4th Highest in the MLB)BB Thrown:      557 Allowed BB Thrown (Highest in the MLB)Opposing BA:   .265 Opposing Batting Average (5th Highest in the MLB)Projected Defensive Alignment: C Tyler Flowers, 1B Jose Abreu, 2B Emilio Bonifacio, SS Alexei Ramirez, 3B Connor Gillaspie, LF Melky Cabrera, CF Adam Eaton, RF Avisail Garcia

 

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Cleveland Indians 

Total Wins Prediction:                  77  WinsChuck Crow, The Plain Dealer

Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer

Best Pitcher:                         Starting Pitcher Corey Kluber 2014 Stats:            (18-9)  2.44 ERA  1.09 WHIP  269 K’s  .233 Opposing BAKluber’s Pitches:    Sinker, Cutter, Slider, Changeup, 4-Seam Fastball Chuck Crow / The Plain Dealer

Chuck Crow / The Plain Dealer

Biggest Offensive Threat:     LF Michael Brantley 2014 Stats:   .327 BA   20 HR   97 RBIs   .506 Slugging%   .385 On-Base%2014 Ranks:  Batting Avg.– 3rd in the AL, Slugging%- 9th in the AL, Runs– 6th in ALChuck Crow, The Plain Dealer

Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer

Prospect to Watch:   SS Francisco Lindor Minor League Stats:   .278 BA  62 Doubles  14 Triples   140 RBIs   160 BB Drawn Current Affiliate: Columbus Clippers (AAA); Also a 2015 Spring Training InviteeThings they did Well:Team RBIs:          10th in the MLBTeam BA:            13th in the MLBTeam Slugging%: 12th in the MLBTeam On-Base%:  11th in the MLBPitching K’s :        1st in the MLBIndians Struggles:Team ERA:                  3.56- 17th Highest in the MLBPitchers’ Opposing BA: .250- 14th Highest in the MLB Quality Starts:             78 QS- 26th Lowest in the MLB Additions from 2014 Offseason:Additions: P Michael Roth, LHP Rayner Brito, 1B/OF Brandon Moss, RHP Gavin FloydProjected Defensive Alignment: C Yan Gomes, 1B Carlos Santana, 2B Jason Kipnis,             SS Jose Ramirez, 3B Lonnie Chisenhall, LF Michael Brantley, CF Michael Bourn, RF Brandon Moss, DH Nick Swisher

 

Detroit Tigers Official Logo. All rights to Detroit Tigers

Detroit Tigers 

Total Wins Prediction:                        94 Wins (Toledo Blade)

(Toledo Blade)

Best Pitcher:     Starting Pitcher Justin Verlander 2014 Stats:  (15-12)  4.54 ERA  1.40 WHIP  159 K’s  .275 Opposing BAVerlander’s Pitches: 4-Seam Fastball, Slider, Curveball, Circle Change, 12-6 Curve(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Biggest Offensive Threat: DH Victor Martinez2014 Stats:  .335 BA  32 HR  103 RBIs  .409 On-Base%  .565 Slugging%Loves RH Pitchers: .323 BA  20 HR  74 RBIs  .522 Slugging%  .402 On-Base%(Photo by mLive.com)

(Photo by mLive.com)

Rookie to Watch:  OF Steven MoyaCareer Stats:  .251 BA  89 Doubles  77 HR  290 RBIs  .444 Slugging%  .295 On-Base% Minor-League Team in 2014: Erie SeaWolves (AA)MLB Experience: Called up on September 1, 2014Things they did Well:Team Doubles: 1st in the MLB (325)Team HRs: 9th in the MLB (155)Team RBIs: 1st in the MLB (731)Team Slugging%: 2nd in the MLB (.426%)Tiger Struggles:Team Triples: 19th in the MLB (26)Team Saves: 17th in the MLB (41)ER Allowed: 8th Highest in MLB (648)Top Moves from 2014:Acquired OF Yoenis Cespedes, Acquiring 2B Ian Kinsler, Resigning DH Victor Martinez, Called-Up  C James McCannProjected Defensive Alignment: C Alex Avila, 1B Miguel Cabrera, 2B Ian Kinsler, SS Jose Iglesias, 3B Nick Castellanos, LF Yoenis Cespedes, CF Anthony Gose, RF J.D. Martinez,        DH Victor Martinez

 

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Kansas City Royals

Total Wins Prediction:                           92 WinsElsa/Getty Images

Elsa/Getty Images

Best Pitcher:    RHP Kelvin Herrera 2014 Stats:  1.41 ERA  1.14 WHIP  20 Holds   59 K’s  11 ER AllowedHerrera’s Pitches: Fastball, Changeup, Curveball Denny Medley – US Presswire

Denny Medley – US Presswire

Biggest Offensive Threat:    LF Alex Gordon2014 Stats: .266 BA  19 HR  74 RBIs  34 Doubles  .432 Slugging%  .351 On-Base%Night-Time Player: .260 BA  13 HR  46 RBIs  21 Doubles  .415 Slugging%   .351 On-Base%

Raul Mondesi

Prospect to Watch:         SS Raul Mondesi  2014 Stats: .211 BA 14 Doubles 12 Triples  8 HR  33 RBIs  .354 Slugging%  .256 On-Base%Profile: Contact: C+  Power: C  Arm: B+  Fielding: B- Things they did Well:Team Hits: 5th in the MLB Team Doubles: 7th in the MLBTeam BA: 4th in the MLBTeam Slugging%: 19th in the MLBTeam ERA: 12th in the MLBRoyals Struggles:Team Home-Runs: 30th in the  MLBGetting on-Base: 16th in the MLB ER Allowed: 20th Highest in the MLBOpposing BA: 17th Highest in the MLBProjected Defensive Alignment: C Salvador Perez, 1B Eric Hosmer, 2B Omar Infante,          SS Alcides Escobar, 3B Mike Moustakas, LF Alex Gordon, CF Lorenzo Cain, RF Alex Rios,     DH Kendrys Morales

 

Twins

Minnesota Twins

Total Wins Projection:                        65 WinsPhoto by ESPN

Photo by ESPN

Best Pitcher:          LHP Brian Duensing2014 Stats:   3.31 ERA  1.33 WHIP  33 K’s  52 Hits Given-Up   6 HR

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Biggest Offensive Threat:   2B Brian Dozier2014 Stats: .242 BA 145 Hits  33 Doubles  71 RBIs  .416 Slugging%  .345 On-Base%HD Photos

HD Photos

Prospect to Watch:    OF Bryon Buxton2014 Stats:  .300 BA  33 Doubles  21 HR  113 RBIsReceived a 2015 Spring Training InviteThings they did Well:Team Doubles: 2nd Highest in the MLBPitchers Allowing BB: 24th Highest in the MLBGetting On-Base%: 5th Highest in the MLBTeam Slugging%: 11th Highest in the MLBTwins Struggles:ERA: 29th Highest in the MLB Pitching K’s: Last in the MLBOpposing BA: 24th Lowest in the MLBProjected Defensive Alignment: C Kurt Suzuki, 1B Joe Mauer, 2B Brian Dozier, SS Eduardo Escobar, 3B Trevor Plouffe, LF Oswaldo Arcia, CF Danny Santana, RF Torii Hunter, DH Kennys Vargas

Upcoming Work in February

The Final Preview of the American League Divisions (2/22/15)A preview of our NCAA March Madness Tournament Bracket Challenge (2/27/15)HS Hoops Interview: Colonial Forge Women’s Basketball Senior Bri Sullivan (2/28/15)

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