2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Shane Bieber
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Shane Bieber to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
Following up on his strong debut from 2018, Shane Bieber racked up 15 wins last year with a 3.28 ERA, 3.32 FIP and 1.05 WHIP. Bieber led the American League in fewest walks per nine innings (1.68) and finished third in strikeouts to walks ratio (6.47). Part of Bieber’s success lies in his ability to limit free passes. He’s issued two or fewer walks in 47 of his 53 career starts in the majors.
Perhaps it’s recency bias, but Bieber’s last 14 starts yielded an 8 - 5 record with two complete games, a 2.82 ERA, 3.02 FIP, 1.02 WHIP, 137 strikeouts and only 17 walks over 118 innings. Bieber overcomes his propensity giving up home runs with command and limiting big innings. He owned a 25.5 strikeouts minus walks percentage while increasing his swinging strike percentage to 14 percent (up 2.6 points) and his O-Swing percentage to 35 from 30.9 in 2018. Also, Bieber reduced contact by over five percentage points to 70.6 last year with his Z-Contact (in the strike zone) holding...