Shane Bieber as photographed on Cleveland Indians media working day. (Rob Tringali, Getty Visuals)
CLEVELAND, Ohio — One particular yr in the past at this time, Shane Bieber was in minor league camp with the Indians, wondering if 2018 was the yr he lastly broke through and reached the big leagues.
Turns out, Bieber without a doubt was all set for prime time, and following a stellar rookie yr the suitable-hander is back again and wanting to get even greater in 2019.
Bieber, 23, went 11-5 with a 4.55 Period in 20 games, including 19 begins, for the Indians following beginning the yr at Class AA Akron.
He created his large league debut on May possibly 31 towards Minnesota and inevitably turned the Tribe’s No. 5 starter, ending the time rated 2nd among American League rookies in wins and strikeouts. He was fourth in innings pitched.
None of that came as a shock to those people in the Indians firm who had seen Bieber operate for two several years prior to his breakthrough. In the minor leagues, Bieber walked just 19 batters in 277 innings. His command of the strike zone turned his calling card.
As a rookie, Bieber struck out 118 batters towards just 23 walks in 114 2/3 innings. He posted the very best strikeout-to-stroll ratio of any rookie pitcher in the majors (5.13). It was the very best by a rookie in Indians franchise historical past. And the California indigenous paced all MLB rookies with a 1.81 walks for every 9 innings ordinary.
Cleveland’s No. 5 starter recently sat down with reporters in Goodyear, Ariz. to talk about his offseason, what he wants to boost for yr two and the variety of designs among Indians beginning pitchers.