Shane Bieber
Shane Bieber
26-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
RANKSFrom Preseason
#11
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $679,700 contract with the Indians in March of 2021.
Perfect in no-decision in return
PCleveland Indians
September 25, 2021
Bieber didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 1-0 loss to the White Sox, tossing three perfect innings and striking out three.
ANALYSIS
Cleveland didn't push its ace too hard in his first start since June 13 as he made his return from a shoulder issue, but Bieber was absolutely brilliant through 34 pitches (22 strikes). If the club sticks with a seven-man rotation over the final days of a lost season, the right-hander will carry a 3.17 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 133:33 K:BB through 93.2 innings into his final appearance of 2021, next week on the road against the Rangers.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
101
Last 10 Games
98
Last 5 Games
89
How many pitches does Shane Bieber generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
Even Split
2021
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-15%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-1%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .217 749 259 52 149 30 1 25
Since 2019vs Right .217 799 255 42 163 30 1 24
2021vs Left .240 199 75 21 42 10 1 6
2021vs Right .212 193 58 12 38 7 0 5
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-21%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-17%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-31%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-21%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.30 1.22 174.1 11 5 0 11.9 2.5 1.2
Since 2019Away 2.60 0.91 211.0 19 8 0 12.1 1.9 1.1
2021Home 3.51 1.32 41.0 2 2 0 11.6 3.3 1.5
2021Away 2.91 1.12 52.2 5 2 0 13.7 3.1 0.7
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
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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
4.03
 
K/9
12.8
 
BB/9
3.2
 
HR/9
1.1
 
Fastball
92.8 mph
 
ERA
3.17
 
WHIP
1.21
 
BABIP
.345
 
GB/FB
1.77
 
Left On Base
79.9%
 
Exit Velocity
81.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.7%
 
Spin Rate
2391 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
25.4%
 
Swinging Strike
16.1%
 
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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
Activated for start
PCleveland Indians
September 24, 2021
Bieber (shoulder) was activated from the 60-day injured list ahead of his scheduled Friday start against the White Sox, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
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Starting Friday
PCleveland Indians
Shoulder
September 22, 2021
Bieber (shoulder) will start Friday's game against the White Sox, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Eyeing weekend return
PCleveland Indians
Shoulder
September 21, 2021
Bieber (shoulder) will be activated from the 60-day injured list to make a start later this week so long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks following Tuesday's bullpen session, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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Builds up to 57 pitches
PCleveland Indians
Shoulder
September 20, 2021
Bieber (shoulder) made the second start of his rehab assignment Sunday with Double-A Akron, striking out four over 3.1 innings while allowing three runs on three hits and a walk.
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Another rehab start scheduled
PCleveland Indians
Shoulder
September 18, 2021
Bieber (shoulder) will make a rehab start for Double-A Akron on Sunday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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