Bryan Shaw

Bryan Shaw

34-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cleveland Guardians
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Last offseason, Shaw signed a minor league contact with the organization for which he enjoyed his greatest success. He chose wisely as Shaw made Cleveland's opening day roster then went on to appear in 81 games, throwing 77.1 innings, both career bests. He logged 20 holds and a pair of saves. Shaw's 21.2 percent strikeout rate was its highest since 2017, though his 11.4 percent walk rate was his second highest, only better than 2020's short season mark. Shaw needed some help to keep his ERA at 3.49 as the associated estimators pegged it a run higher. The aid came in the form of a high 79.8 percent LOB mark. Shaw is a longshot to be in the mix for saves, but he could be useful in a format scoring saves. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Guardians in March of 2022. Contract includes option for 2023.
Picks up sixth win
PCleveland Guardians
August 18, 2022
Shaw (6-2) retired the only batter he faced to earn the win Wednesday over the Tigers.
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Shaw ended a threat after James Karinchak left with runners on the corners and two out. The Guardians' offense took over from there, posting a six-run rally in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Shaw his third win in his last 11 outings. The veteran reliever has allowed eight runs across 14.1 innings in that span, and for the season he owns a 5.36 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 38:21 K:BB with one save and six holds through 43.2 frames.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
20
Last 5 Games
23
How many pitches does Bryan Shaw generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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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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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Bryan Shaw generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-48%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .242 293 63 34 62 15 1 3
Since 2020vs Right .262 336 63 36 77 12 2 17
2022vs Left .266 108 25 12 25 5 0 1
2022vs Right .242 149 26 14 32 6 0 8
2021vs Left .225 172 34 20 34 8 1 2
2021vs Right .245 162 37 18 35 5 0 8
2020vs Left .273 13 4 2 3 2 0 0
2020vs Right .526 25 0 4 10 1 2 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-20%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-42%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-17%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-80%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 4.40 1.42 71.2 5 4 0 7.4 4.1 1.3
Since 2020Away 5.48 1.55 69.0 8 5 3 8.7 4.8 1.3
2022Home 4.11 1.17 30.2 3 1 0 8.2 3.5 1.5
2022Away 7.09 1.76 26.2 3 1 1 7.8 4.7 1.4
2021Home 3.18 1.41 39.2 2 3 0 7.0 4.1 1.1
2021Away 3.82 1.35 37.2 4 4 2 9.6 4.8 1.2
2020Home 47.25 7.50 1.1 0 0 0 0.0 20.3 0.0
2020Away 9.64 1.93 4.2 1 0 0 7.7 5.8 1.9
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Stat Review
How does Bryan Shaw compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 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 30 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
1.96
 
K/9
8.0
 
BB/9
4.1
 
HR/9
1.4
 
Fastball
92.8 mph
 
ERA
5.49
 
WHIP
1.45
 
BABIP
.302
 
GB/FB
1.76
 
Left On Base
63.9%
 
Exit Velocity
84.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.0%
 
Spin Rate
2380 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
26.8%
 
Swinging Strike
9.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Moving to Colorado is expected to hurt a pitcher's numbers, but Shaw still hasn't been close to what the Rockies wanted when they gave him three years and $27 million prior to the 2018 season. He struggled to his second consecutive season with an ERA north of 5.00 after previously posting ERAs no worse than 3.52 in his first seven big-league seasons. His 5.38 ERA in 72 frames last season may be slightly Coors-related, but neither his 18.7 K% nor his 9.3 BB% were particularly good. Heading into his age-32 season, there's little reason to believe Shaw will suddenly reverse his decline and become a high-leverage weapon for the Rockies this year. Even if he ended up on a new team, it's hard to see him adding to his 12 career saves this year and becoming a useful fantasy asset.
Yikes. A half decade of above-average performance in middle relief earned Shaw a three-year, $27 million contract with the Rockies last offseason. Unfortunately for Colorado, the Cleveland version of Shaw was nowhere to be found in Year 1 of that pact. His strikeout and walk rates both went in the wrong direction -- especially his walk rate -- resulting in his K-BB% falling from 16.3% all the way to 10.1%. Meanwhile, his home-run rate soared from 0.59 HR/9 to 1.48 HR/9, coinciding with a ridiculous 16-percentage-point jump in his opponents' hard-hit rate. He ended up making just four appearances for the Rockies in September as the team pushed for a wild-card spot. The right-hander made 70-plus appearances every year from 2013-2017, and all that mileage seems to have taken its toll. The team will give him every chance to right the ship, given how much he is owed. Shaw should be far away from fantasy teams until he shows some improvement.
Shaw parlayed his track record of good health and a career season into a three-year, $27 million deal with Colorado. His 2017 ERA was actually a career high, but all the underlying stats say Shaw was better than ever in his age-29 campaign. The right-hander shaved his walk rate from 10.2 percent to 7.1 percent and allowed just five homers in 76.2 innings thanks to a 55.9 percent groundball rate. Shaw threw his cutter more than ever before -- 88 percent of the time, up from 81.5 percent -- and what resulted was a dramatic improvement against lefty batters (.252 wOBA, .329 in 2016). Overall, Shaw was one of just 31 full-time relievers with a FIP under 3.00 (min. 50 innings). He has made 70-plus appearances in five consecutive years and has exceeded 20 holds in four straight seasons. Shaw figures to be the primary right-handed setup man in front of new Rockies closer Wade Davis.
The 2016 season for the 29-year-old right-hander will likely be remembered for giving up the game-winning run in Game 7 of the World Series, however, the reliever was also an integral part of the bullpen that helped Cleveland get to that point. Although Shaw posted a relatively underwhelming regular season line, notching a 2-5 record, 3.24 ERA, and one save in four appearances across 66.2 innings, the setup man did produce a career best 9.3 K/9 rate and AL-best 75 appearances. He also heated up in the second half of the season, posting a 2.32 ERA after the All-Star break and earning him a pivotal spot in the heart of Cleveland's bullpen throughout the playoffs. The reliever should factor heavily into the Indians' bullpen next season, as he has led all AL pitchers in appearances from 2012-2016. His durability alone should lock Shaw into the middle of the bullpen alongside Andrew Miller and Cody Allen.
Shaw took a small step back from his 2014 campaign, but still did an effective enough job in a setup role for the Indians. While the final numbers are hardly those of a dominant setup man, he managed 74 appearances out of the Cleveland bullpen and the Indians seem content to keep him in that role. Shaw's performance has declined in recent years, and his struggles against right-handed batters in 2015 are particularly troubling (.509 OPS in 2013, .493 OPS in 2014, .704 OPS in 2015). Improvement in that regard would go a long way toward keeping him in the setup role, but Zach McAllister will be waiting in the wings in case Shaw slips up.
Shaw led baseball with 80 appearances and he acquitted himself quite well with a 2.59 ERA, but he has essentially morphed into a ROOGY with a 283-point OPS platoon split. Righties managed just a .493 OPS against him and that kind of performance will keep him employed throughout the remainder of his 20s and well into his 30s if he can keep it up. As a cutter/slider guy, it’s easy to understand why lefties have found more success against him and barring the addition of a pitch to neutralize them, it is likely to continue. He has always been good for a strong ERA, but without dominant strikeout rates or chances at saves, he doesn’t really hold much attention in fantasy circles, especially since ERAs are remarkably volatile out of the bullpen.
Shaw crafted together a fine season in his first campaign with the Indians, appearing in 70 games out of the bullpen. He doesn't have pinpoint command or a huge strikeout rate, but Shaw may figure into the setup mix along with Cody Allen, following the offseason signing of John Axford to fill the ninth-inning role.
When Shaw earned a pair of saves in April, he opened the eyes of owners in deeper leagues as a potential option on days where J.J. Putz and David Hernandez needed rest. Unfortunately for those who took the bait, the situation never arose again. Shaw relies heavily on his cutter, a pitch that opposing hitters pound into the ground frequently despite seeing it more than 80 percent of the time. If his results the last three years between Arizona and the upper levels of the minors are any indication, the strikeout rate has a modest ceiling here, but Shaw has the ability to remain a viable option in middle relief as long as he's able to curtail his free passes (3.6 BB/9). He is now set to ply his trade in Cleveland after being included in the trade that sent shortstop prospect Didi Gregorious to the D-Backs in December.
Shaw likely parlayed his debut with the D-Backs into a job for 2012. Upon returning to Arizona in July after five appearances in June, Shaw posted a 20:5 K:BB over 24 innings before delivering four scoreless frames against the Brewers in the NLDS. Working mostly with a four-seam fastball, slider and change-up, Shaw might be able to carve out the role of seventh-inning setup man and join David Hernandez in the regular bridge to closer J.J. Putz this season.
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Tallies first save
PCleveland Guardians
August 11, 2022
Shaw struck out two and threw a scoreless 10th inning to earn the save Thursday against the Tigers.
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Credited with win
PCleveland Guardians
August 11, 2022
Shaw (5-2) struck out two in a perfect inning to earn the win Wednesday over the Tigers.
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Yields two runs again
PCleveland Guardians
July 31, 2022
Shaw allowed two runs on two hits and three walks with one strikeout in two innings against the Rays on Sunday. He did not factor into the decision.
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Gets another turn as opener
PCleveland Guardians
July 31, 2022
Shaw is listed as the Guardians' starting pitcher for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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Surrenders two runs in start
PCleveland Guardians
July 26, 2022
Shaw pitched 2.1 innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out two in Tuesday's win over the Red Sox. He did not factor in the decision.
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