Shane Bieber

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Shane Robert Bieber

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Shane Bieber was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 4th round of the 2016 amateur draft. He moved up quickly through the organizational ranks after starting out with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the New York-Penn League that first year, when he put of an ERA of 0.95 in 24 innings. In 2017, he was successively with the Lake County Captains, Lynchburg Hillcats and Akron Rubber Ducks, going a combined 10-5, 2.86 in 28 games while pitching 173 1/3 innings. He also had an eye-popping K/W ratio, at 162/10.

In 2018, he was back at Akron to begin the season, but after putting up an ERA of 1.16 in 5 starts, he earned a promotion to the AAA Columbus Clippers. He continued his domination of minor league hitters there, with an ERA of 1.05 in 5 starts. On May 25th, he pitched a rain-shortened seven-hitting no-hitter over the Gwinnett Stripers, striking out 7 and walking none. His mastery of the strike zone was unabated, as he had 61 Ks and 3 walks in 65 1/3 innings. On May 28th, less than two years after he had been drafted, he was promoted to the major league Indians, with his first start, a one-off outing designed to give Trevor Bauer an extra day of rest, scheduled for May 31st, his 23rd birthday. He pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up 4 runs, and was not involved in the decision as Cleveland defeated the Minnesota Twins, 9-8. he was just the 6th player to make his debut on his birthday as a starting pitcher and the first since Edwin Jackson in 2003. He earned his first win on June 17th, 4-1 over the Twins, when he was called up for an emergency start and allowed just one run in 5 2/3 innings. In 20 appearances, including 19 starts for the Indians, he went 11-5, 4.55 with 118 Ks in 114 2/3 innings. He was not used in the postseason, however.

In 2019, he was inserted in the starting rotation after one early relief outing and was excellent in his first three starts, winning twice and allowing just 9 hits in 19 innings. He slowed down a bit after that, but on May 19th, he pitched an absolute gem as he recorded his first career shutout, 10-0 over the Baltimore Orioles. He struck out 15 and walked none. He was named to the All-Star team as a replacement for Charlie Morton, who was unable to pitch due to the Sunday Starter rule. He made the most of his opportunity, pitching a perfect 5th inning, during which he struck out all three batters he faced in order: Willson Contreras, Ketel Marte and Ronald Acuna. He was named the winner of the Ted Williams Award as the game's MVP.

He is no relation to Canadian pop singer and teen idol Justin Bieber, but gets a lot of ribbing due to their shared last name.

Notable Achievements[edit]

Further Reading[edit]

  • Jordan Bastian: "Tribe to call up prospect Bieber for Thurs. start",, May 28, 2018. [1]
  • Mandy Bell: "Bieber the 3rd to win All-Star MVP in home park: A late addition to roster, Indians right-hander K's side in 5th inning",, July 10, 2019. [2]
  • Jorge L. Ortiz: "Love yourself: Shane Bieber trusts his stuff, makes believers out of Indians", USA Today Sports, July 3, 2018. [3]
  • Jordan Shusterman: "Indians prospect Shane Bieber is getting his MLB debut for his birthday", "Cut4",, May 31, 2018. [4]
  • Jesse Yomtov: "Just days after becoming an All-Star, Indians pitcher Shane Bieber wins MVP in front of his home fans", USA Today, July 10, 2019. [5]

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