LakePoint, Ga. - Former Stetson great and ASUN Conference Hall of Famer Corey Kluber took home his second AL Cy Young Award on Wednesday night. The Cleveland Indians ace becomes the first pitcher in team history to become a two-time Cy Young Award winner, after taking home the crown in 2014.
Kluber had another dominant year as he guided the Indians to an AL Central title. He led all of Major League Baseball with a 2.25 ERA, while striking out 265 batters, third-most in baseball in 2017. He won three AL Pitcher of the Month awards, and ranked second in MLB with a .193 batting average against this season. The former Hatter ace came on strong in the second half of the season, when he went 11-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.79 during that stretch. He finished the season with an 18-4 record, tied for the most wins in all of baseball. Kluber received 28 of 30 first-place votes in the AL Cy Young Award voting.
The other two first-place votes went to former FGCU Baseball ace Chris Sale, who had a brilliant first half of the season with the Boston Red Sox. Sale started the All-Star game and finished the year with 308 strikeouts, becoming the first AL Pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 1999 to surpass 300 K's in a single season. Sale finished the season with a 17-8 record and a 2.90 ERA, and has now finished in the top-five of the AL Cy Young Award voting in each of the last five seasons.
Earlier this month, former Jacksonville star Daniel Murphy collected his second consecutive silver slugger award. Murphy was the top hitting second basemen in the NL, as he finished with a .322 batting average, only behind Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon (.331). His .928 on-base-plus-slugging percentage was tops among NL second basemen. The former Dolphin slugged 23 home runs and finished with 93 RBI on the season. He finished the season with 43 doubles, giving him back-to-back season with 40+ doubles and 20+ home runs.