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Shane Bieber
Shane Bieber
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Bieber with the Cleveland Indians in 2020
Cleveland Indians - No. 57
Pitcher
Born: (1995-05-31) May 31, 1995 (age 26)
Orange, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 31, 2018, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
(through June 8, 2021)
Win-loss record41-17
Earned run average3.26
Strikeouts621
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Shane Robert Bieber (born May 31, 1995) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was drafted by the Indians in the fourth round of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft. Bieber made his MLB debut with Cleveland in 2018, was named an All-Star in 2019, and received the American League's 2020 Cy Young Award.

Early life

Bieber attended Laguna Hills High School in Laguna Hills, California. Bieber's pitch speed reached the mid-80s as a junior and his command was very strong. He was recruited to play college baseball at University of California, Santa Barbara as a walk-on and did not receive much attention from many other programs.[1] As a senior in 2013, he pitched to an 8-4 record with a 1.40 ERA.[2]

After graduating, he enrolled at Santa Barbara where he played for the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos baseball team as a walk-on.[1][2] He earned a scholarship by his sophomore year.[1] In 2014, he played collegiate summer baseball in the West Coast League for the Cowlitz Black Bears. In 2015, he played collegiate summer baseball in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.[3] In 2016, his junior year, he went 12-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 18 starts.[4] He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the fourth round of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft.[5][6]

Professional career

Minor leagues

Bieber signed and made his professional debut with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, where he spent the whole season, posting a 0.38 ERA in 24 innings.[7] He spent 2017 with the Lake County Captains, Lynchburg Hillcats, and Akron RubberDucks, pitching to a combined 10-5 record with a 2.86 ERA in 28 starts between the three teams.[8][9][10]

On May 25, 2018, Bieber pitched a rain-shortened seven-inning no-hitter for the Triple-A Columbus Clippers against the Gwinnett Stripers.[11]

Cleveland Indians

2018-19

Bieber in the bullpen at Progressive Field in 2018

The Indians purchased Bieber's contract on May 31, 2018, and added him to their active roster.[12] He made his major league debut that evening, starting against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. He pitched 5.2 innings, giving up four runs (all earned) and eight hits while walking one and striking out six as the Indians defeated Minnesota 9-8.[13] Bieber finished his rookie season with an 11-5 record, a 4.55 ERA, and 118 strikeouts in 20 appearances.[14]

Owning a 7-3 record with a 3.54 ERA over 18 games (17 starts) to begin the 2019 season, Bieber was named an MLB All-Star for the first time, for the All-Star Game played at Progressive Field in Cleveland.[15] He struck out the side on 19 pitches in the fifth inning as the American League won, 4-3. He received the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award.[16] Bieber finished the season with a 15-8 record in 34 games (33 starts). In 214+13 innings, he struck out 259. For the season, he received mention for the Cy Young Award voting for the first time, placing fourth in the American League.[17]

2020: Cy Young, Pitching Triple Crown

The Indians made Bieber their Opening Day starting pitcher in 2020. They faced the Kansas City Royals on July 24, 2020, at Progressive Field. Bieber struck out 14 batters in six innings in a 2-0 victory, setting a team record for most strikeouts by a starting pitcher on Opening Day.[18] In his next start on July 30 versus the Minnesota Twins, he struck out 13 batters in eight innings, tying Karl Spooner for the most strikeouts by a pitcher in their first two starts in a season.[19]

In August, Bieber started six games and recorded a 1.63 ERA with 57 strikeouts, including five starts with double figures in strikeouts. Upon reaching 50 innings for the season, Bieber had tallied 84 strikeouts, the most by a starting pitcher in MLB history in that span, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. At the end of the month, he had led the majors in ERA (1.20), strikeouts (84), wins (six) and innings (52+23). He was named American League Pitcher of the Month, his first monthly award in the major leagues.[20] Bieber reached 100 strikeouts at the 62+13-inning mark versus Minnesota, the fastest in terms of innings pitched in one season in MLB history, passing Max Scherzer with 63 innings in 2018.[21]

For the 2020 season, Bieber became the first pitcher since Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw in 2011 to win the American League pitching triple crown (8 wins, 1.63 ERA, 122 strikeouts) as the AL leader in each of the three categories.[22] He also led the AL in WAR (3.2), won-loss percentage (.889), fewest hits per 9 IP (5.353), and strikeouts per 9 IP (14.198).[23]

In the 2020 American League Wild Card Series against the New York Yankees, Bieber allowed seven runs on nine hits in 4+23 innings and the Indians were defeated 12-3.[24] They lost the best-of-three series, 2-0, following a 10-9 loss on Game 2. Bieber was awarded the AL Cy Young Award after the season.

2021

On February 18, 2021, it was announced that Bieber had tested positive for COVID-19.[25]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Dvorak, John (28 March 2019). "Former Gaucho Shane Bieber Takes the Mound for the Indians". The Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ a b Keisser, Bob (June 11, 2016). "O.C. trio of Shane Bieber, Joe Record and Noah Davis has UC Santa Barbara on brink of program's first College World Series". Orange County Register. Anaheim, California. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "Shane Bieber - Profile". pointstreak.com. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ Pluto, Terry (August 18, 2018). "Cleveland Indians: Talkin' starters, free agents, Yandy Diaz". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ Hoynes, Paul; Humphrey, Mark (June 10, 2016). "Cleveland Indians draft UC Santa Barbara RHP Shane Bieber in fourth round". Advance Digital. Associated Press. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ Wagner, Andrew (June 10, 2016). "UCSB's Shane Bieber Drafted by Cleveland Indians". noozhawk.com. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ Glasier, David (April 18, 2017). "Bieber, the pitcher, is a big hit for Lake County Captains". The News-Herald. Willoughby, Ohio. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ Wright, Branson (May 26, 2017). "Shane Bieber rocking for Lynchburg Hillcats: Cleveland Indians Minor Leagues". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ Bournival, Brad (August 12, 2017). "RubberDucks right-hander Shane Bieber in control, rising methodically through Indians system". Akron Beacon Journal. Archived from the original on November 7, 2017. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ "Shane Bieber Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ "Bieber throws no-hitter for Clippers". MLB.com. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ "Indians add RHP Shane Bieber to roster; debut tonight in Minnesota". Cleveland Indians. May 31, 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ Noga, Joe (June 1, 2018). "Francisco Lindor homers twice, Shane Bieber has impressive debut in 9-8 Cleveland Indians win against Minnesota Twins". cleveland.com. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ "Shane Bieber 2018 Pitching Game Logs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ Hoynes, Paul (July 5, 2019). "Cleveland Indians' Shane Bieber added to AL All-Star team". cleveland.com. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ Schoenfield, David (July 10, 2019). "Shane Bieber rocks, home crowd rules on Cleveland's All-Star night". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2019.
  17. ^ "2019 awards voting". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.
  18. ^ Hoynes, Paul (July 24, 2020). "Cleveland Indians' Shane Bieber sets opening-day strikeout mark in 2-0 win over Royals". Cleveland Plain-Dealer.
  19. ^ Bell, Mandy (July 30, 2020). "New ace? This pitcher's off to historic start". MLB.com. Retrieved 2020.
  20. ^ Noga, Joe (September 2, 2020). "Cleveland Indians' Shane Bieber wins AL Pitcher of the Month award for August". Cleveland Plain-Dealer. Retrieved 2020.
  21. ^ Bell, Mandy (September 12, 2020). "No starter has hit 100 K's faster than Bieber: Righty fans 8 in 10th straight start but suffers 1st loss of 2020". MLB.com. Retrieved 2020.
  22. ^ Loede, Matt (September 27, 2020). "Indians' Shane Bieber ends the 2020 season winning the pitching 'Triple Crown' in the AL". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2020.
  23. ^ "2020 American League Pitching Leaders". Baseball-Reference.com.
  24. ^ Wagner, James (September 30, 2020). "Yankees Pummel Shane Bieber and Take Advantage Over Cleveland" – via NYTimes.com.
  25. ^ https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/02/shane-bieber-tests-positive-for-covid-19.html

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