Shane Bieber
Shane Bieber
25-Year-Old PitcherSP
Cleveland Indians
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Bieber followed up his breakout 2019 season by winning the American League Cy Young Award in a unanimous vote. The right-hander was not an MVP finalist alongside teammate Jose Ramirez, but Bieber had a case; he ranked third in all of baseball in fWAR (behind Ramirez and Freddie Freeman) and went 8-1 in 12 starts, carrying a Cleveland rotation that was without Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac for a prolonged stretch. Bieber led the majors in K-BB rate at 34% and held opponents to a .167 average while showcasing some of the best command seen on a baseball field in recent memory. Hitters can still hit the ball hard when they manage to connect, but the connections are so few and far between that it hardly matters. The only real question is: has Bieber surpassed Jacob deGrom and/or Gerrit Cole among starters? It's close, but remember Bieber won't get to pitch all his games against Central Division teams in 2021. Read Past Outlooks
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Reports to camp
PCleveland Indians
February 20, 2021
Bieber (illness) reported to spring training Saturday, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
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Bieber missed the first few days of camp after testing positive for COVID-19, but he has been cleared to return and will join the team for workouts Saturday. The right-hander will now begin building up ahead of Opening Day as he prepares to serve as Cleveland's ace after unanimously winning the AL Cy Young award last season.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
103
Last 10 Games
104
Last 5 Games
107
How many pitches does Shane Bieber generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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71-80
 
81-90
 
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101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Shane Bieber generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-6%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-15%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-1%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-20%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .242 807 247 48 181 46 2 27
Since 2018vs Right .228 834 252 36 181 37 1 24
2020vs Left .153 142 57 11 20 3 0 1
2020vs Right .181 155 65 10 26 3 0 6
2019vs Left .228 408 127 20 87 17 0 18
2019vs Right .231 451 132 20 99 20 1 13
2018vs Left .316 257 63 17 74 26 2 8
2018vs Right .252 228 55 6 56 14 0 5
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-29%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-31%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-21%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-39%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 3.95 1.28 182.1 13 8 0 11.1 2.1 1.1
Since 2018Away 2.81 0.95 224.0 21 6 0 11.0 1.7 1.2
2020Home 1.23 1.05 22.0 3 0 0 18.0 3.3 0.0
2020Away 1.79 0.80 55.1 5 1 0 12.7 2.1 1.1
2019Home 3.64 1.22 111.1 6 3 0 10.8 2.1 1.3
2019Away 2.88 0.87 103.0 9 5 0 10.9 1.2 1.3
2018Home 5.88 1.53 49.0 4 5 0 8.6 1.5 1.1
2018Away 3.56 1.19 65.2 7 0 0 9.7 2.1 1.0
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Stat Review
How does Shane Bieber compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
5.81
 
K/9
14.2
 
BB/9
2.4
 
HR/9
0.8
 
Fastball
94.2 mph
 
ERA
1.63
 
WHIP
0.87
 
BABIP
.289
 
GB/FB
1.83
 
Left On Base
90.9%
 
Exit Velocity
82.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.5%
 
Spin Rate
2353 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
26.0%
 
Swinging Strike
17.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
In Bieber's rookie campaign, his 4.55 ERA was more than a run higher than his 3.23 xFIP and 3.45 SIERA. Once again, the ERA estimators proved prescient as Bieber posted a 3.28 ERA, perfectly supported with a 3.23 xFIP and 3.36 SIERA. Bieber's 93-mph fastball isn't overpowering, but he deploys a four-pitch mix with excellent control, changing speeds and eye levels effectively. The result is a dominating 25.5 K-BB%. Curiously, Bieber's average exit velocity allowed, and hard-hit rate are very poor, around 4th percentile. Last season's .296 BABIP wasn't affected much, but there's noteworthy concern as evidenced by a .246 xBA -- 17 points higher than his actual .229 mark. The high average exit velocity was responsible for 31 homers in 214.1 innings. Bieber will be drafted as an ace, rightfully so. Just beware there's some risk if he doesn't induce weaker contact. If he does, he's elite.
The surface numbers from Bieber's rookie season leave a lot to be desired, but he was much better than a 4.55 ERA and 1.33 WHIP would suggest. After getting the call in late May, Bieber struck out more than five batters for every one he walked (5.13 K/BB, 19.6% K-BB) while maintaining an above-average groundball rate (46.6%). A sub-70 percent strand rate and .356 BABIP skewed the ratios. In the end, all three of his FIP, xFIP and SIERA were more than a full run lower than his ERA. Bieber wasn't afraid to challenge hitters, throwing first-pitch strikes 66.4% of the time, and he used his breaking stuff later in counts to get swinging strikes. He doesn't overpower hitters with the fastball, but Bieber's pitch mix and command put him in position to be successful for a long time in the major leagues. He threw 194.1 innings between the majors and minors last year and shouldn't have any real limitations in 2019. This is a pitcher you want on your team.
More Fantasy News
Tests positive for COVID-19
PCleveland Indians
Illness
February 18, 2021
Bieber has tested positive for COVID-19, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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Unanimously wins AL Cy Young
PCleveland Indians
November 11, 2020
Bieber was announced as the 2020 winner of the American League Cy Young award Wednesday.
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Fans seven in loss
PCleveland Indians
September 29, 2020
Bieber allowed seven runs across 4.2 innings Tuesday in a loss to the Yankees in Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Round. He allowed nine hits and two walks while striking out seven.
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Receives nod for Game 1
PCleveland Indians
September 27, 2020
Bieber will start Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Series, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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Strikes out 10 in duel
PCleveland Indians
September 23, 2020
Bieber threw five scoreless innings Wednesday, allowing two hits while striking out 10 during the Indians' 3-2 win over the White Sox. He also walked three while getting a no-decision.
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