Ranking Cleveland Indians’ Hitters Through the First Third of the Season

Ranking Cleveland Indians' Hitters Through the First Third of the Season

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The Cleveland Indians have posted a 24-30 mark after the first third of the 2014 season, underachieving as compared to last year. There haven't been many bright spots in the Indians' lineup so far, but let's take a look at each hitter's performance this year.

18. Jose Ramirez

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18. Jose Ramirez

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Ramirez got called up when Jason Kipnis was placed on the disabled list in early May, but he didn't perform very well, only managing two hits in 25 trips to the plate.

25 AB, .080, 0 HR, 1 RBI

17. Elliot Johnson

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17. Elliot Johnson

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Johnson made the opening day roster for the Tribe, but he only played sparingly (and deservedly so). Johnson was designated for assignment in early May, ultimately accepting it to play in triple-A Columbus.

19 AB, .105 BA, 0 HR, 0 RBI

16. Justin Sellers

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16. Justin Sellers

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Sellers received the call to the big leagues when Asdrubal Cabrera was dinged up earlier this month. The utility man was called upon for his defense at shortstop rather than his bat.

16 AB, .188 BA, 0 HR, 0 RBI

15. Jesus Aguilar

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15. Jesus Aguilar

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Aguilar is currently in his second stint with the major league club after Nick Swisher was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He will get a bigger opportunity to show what he can do while Swisher is out.

11 AB, .182 BA, 0 HR, 2 RBIs

14. George Kottaras

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14. George Kottaras

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Kottaras also just received his second call-up from the minors after Carlos Santana was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion. Kottaras only played in one game for the Tribe, but he definitely made the most of it.

3 AB, .667 BA, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs

13. Jason Giambi

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13. Jason Giambi

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The 43 year-old has been hampered by a few injuries this year, but he is finally healthy. He has already had a few big moments, continuing his timely hitting from last year.

22 AB, .136 BA, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs

12. Nyjer Morgan

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12. Nyjer Morgan

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Morgan was able to make the opening day roster and performed quite well. He was sent down after Michael Bourn returned from injury. He was recalled in early May but sprained his right knee and was placed on the 60-day disabled list.

41 AB, .341 BA, 1 HR, 6 RBIs

11. Ryan Raburn

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11. Ryan Raburn

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Raburn got off to a very slow start this year. It would be hard to replicate his production in 2013, but there is no doubt the Tribe expected more after signing him to a multi-year deal.

101 AB, .218 BA, 1 HR, 12 RBIs

10. Carlos Santana

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10. Carlos Santana

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Santana has been the big disappointment for the Indians in 2014. He hasn't swung the bat well at all, but he's still managing to get on base. The good thing for Santana is things can't really get much worse.

176 AB, .159 BA, 6 HRs, 17 RBIs

9. Jason Kipnis

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9. Jason Kipnis

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Kipnis is another regular who got off to a bad start this year. The All-Star second baseman will look to get back to last year's form after returning from the disabled list with a strained oblique.

98 AB, .224 BA, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs

8. Nick Swisher

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8. Nick Swisher

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The trend continues, as Nick Swisher has gotten off to a miserable start as well. Hopefully his struggles were due to the left knee injury (just placed on the 15-day disabled list) and not a decline in ability.

185 AB, .211 BA, 3 HRs, 19 RBIs

7. Asdrubal Cabrera

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7. Asdrubal Cabrera

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Go figure, Cabrera was also off to a slow start in the 2014 campaign, but he has picked it up as of late and will look to continue that mild success. Cabrera will be key if the Tribe is to make a run at a playoff spot this year.

187 AB, .246 BA, 3 HRs, 14 RBIs

6. Mike Aviles

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6. Mike Aviles

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Aviles has played anywhere the Indians have asked him to, and he has gotten plenty of at bats because of it. He has made the most of his opportunities, as he is currently is fourth on the team with 17 RBIs.

139 AB, .266 BA, 2 HRs, 17 RBIs

5. Michael Bourn

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5. Michael Bourn

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Bourn has quietly had a very successful 2014 season so far. He isn't getting on base as much as you would like from your leadoff man (.323), but he is still hitting for a nice average. The low number of steals is also concerning (four SB, caught three times).

148 AB, .284 BA, 1 HR, 11 RBIs

4. Lonnie Chisenhall

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4. Lonnie Chisenhall

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Everyone was wondering when Chisenhall's batting average would fall back down to earth, but it has remained in the mid .300s all year. He hasn't gotten enough playing time to qualify for the AL batting title, but he's definitely earned it now.

123 AB, .358 BA, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs

3. Yan Gomes

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3. Yan Gomes

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Gomes continues to show why he is one of the best young catchers in baseball. The six-year deal that Gomes signed earlier this year is making the Tribe look very smart, as the 26-year-old is following up a surprising 2013 season with a solid start to this year.

162 AB, .265 BA, 6 HRs, 19 RBIs

2. David Murphy

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2. David Murphy

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Probably the biggest surprise for the Indians this year, Murphy has proved very valuable. Basically getting no production from the right field position last year, Murphy has come up with so many big hits for the Tribe this year.

168 AB, .268 BA, 5 HRs, 31 RBIs

1. Michael Brantley

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1. Michael Brantley

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Dr. Smooth has been lights-out all year, leading the Indians in every major offensive category (including stolen bases). He has been the most consistent player for the Tribe, and the rest of the Indians will look to provide some hitting around Brantley so pitchers can't work around the lefty.

200 AB, .310 BA, 9 HRs, 39 RBIs

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