CLEVELAND, Ohio — Shane Bieber was on the highway from Santa Barbara, Calif. to Goodyear, Ariz. earlier this week. He was building the 7-hour drive from his hometown to the Indians’ training facility to get a head start out on spring training.
It truly is typically a four to 5 hour drive, but this 1 was heading to acquire a couple of several hours extended for the reason that Bieber failed to go away early sufficient or late sufficient to keep away from rush hour in Los Angeles.
That gave him lots of time to converse about last period and the period ahead. Bieber, a rookie last yr, went 11-5 with a 4.55 Era in 20 game titles, which includes 19 starts off, for the Indians immediately after starting the yr at Course AA Akron.
He designed his major-league debut on Might 31 and ultimately took above the fifth place in the rotation from Josh Tomlin and Adam Plutko. He concluded second amid AL rookies in wins and strikeouts and fourth in innings pitched.
In his two as well as seasons in the minors, Bieber confirmed impeccable manage, going for walks 19 batters in 277 innings. He was not pretty that sharp in his very first journey to the major leagues, but he was continue to spectacular.
Bieber struck out 118 batters compared to 23 walks in 114 2/3 innings. His strikeout to wander ration of 5.13 was the greatest by a rookie in the major leagues and the greatest in franchise record by a rookie. He led MLB rookies with an average of 1.81 walks per 9 innings.
In the course of his drive to Goodyear — Indians pitchers and catchers formally report to spring training on Tuesday — Bieber talked about that manage and some other matters as he answered 10 questions from cleveland.com.