Former Cleveland Indians ace and two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber is born in Birmingham, Alabama.
Kluber was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the fourth round of the 2007 draft, but was dealt to the Indians at the non-waiver trade deadline as part of a three-team deal in 2010. Cleveland starter Jake Westbrook was sent to St. Louis as part of the swap, and former Indians outfielder Ryan Ludwick moved from the Cardinals to the Padres. Minor league pitcher Nick Greenwood, who made his Major League debut in 2014, was also relocated from the Padres to the Cardinals organization.
Kluber posted a league-high 18 wins in 34 starts with a 2.44 ERA in 235 2/3 innings of work in 2014, earning the franchise’s fourth Cy Young Award. He made his first All-Star team and finished third in the Cy Young voting in 2016 and brought home his second Cy Young award in 2017, going 18-4 with an MLB-best 2.25 ERA and 0.87 WHIP while making his second All-Star team. He made a third straight All-Star team in 2018, but missed the majority of the 2019 campaign after suffering a fractured forearm and later pulling an oblique while rehabbing.