SHANE ROBERT BIEBER…Married, Kara...2013 graduate of Laguna Hills High School...Had an 8-4 record with a 1.40 ERA as a senior...Was named Team MVP and made First Team All-League...Was a three-time scholar-athlete...Pitched three seasons at UC Santa Barbara, going a combined 23-12 with a 2.73 ERA...In 2015, he was 8-4 with a 2.24 ERA, earning Second Team All-Big West Conference honors...In 2016, he went 12-4 with a 2.74 ERA and was named first-team all-league...The 12 wins equaled the second-most in school history...38 walks in 300.0 innings in college...Ace of UCSB's rotation that made its first trip to the College World Series in 2016...Started his team's first game of the Nashville Regional, the Louisville Super Regional and the CWS...Spent October 2019 traveling Europe.
Returned to form in 2022, pacing Cleveland’s rotation in ERA (2.88), innings (200.0) and strikeouts (198) across 31 starts…Finished the 2022 campaign with exactly 200.0IP, becoming the first Guardian to reach the watermark since he did so in 2019 (214.1IP)...Joined New York-AL’s Gerrit Cole (200.2IP) and Houston’s Framber Valdez (201.1IP) as the only AL hurlers with 200.0+IP (one of just eight in MLB)...Finished seventh in the AL Cy Young voting...Became the first pitcher in club history to earn a Rawlings Gold Glove Award (32TC/1E; finished second in the league in putouts (32) and fourth with 3 DRS)...Paired with his 1.63 ERA in 2020, Bieber became the eighth Cleveland hurler in the Live-Ball Era (since 1920) to post multiple qualified seasons with a sub-3.00 ERA before his age-28 season, and the first since Sam McDowell (6x, 1964-66, 1968-70)... Along with Triston McKenzie (2.96), Cleveland saw multiple starters aged 27 or younger record sub-3.00 ERAs for the first time since 1968 (McDowell - 1.81 & Luis Tiant - 1.60)...Became the sixth pitcher in club history to record 800 strikeouts at age 27 or younger, joining Sam McDowell, Bob Feller, CC Sabathia, Trevor Bauer and Luis Tiant...831 career strikeouts are 17th-most in Guardians history, while his 29.3% career strikeout rate is the highest mark in club history (min. 500.0IP)...Since 2020, leads all qualified AL hurlers with a 33.9% whiff rate...Bieber has earned victories in 54 of his first 80 decisions, becoming the first MLB hurler to win 54-or-more of his first 80 decisions since San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum from 2007-10 (also 54-26)...Marks the second-most wins thru a CLE pitcher’s first 80 career decisions, behind only Vean Gregg (56-24 from 1911-13)...Career record away from Progressive Field is 34-11 (.756)...Signals the third-best win pct. through a pitcher’s first 45 career road decisions in MLB history (since 1901), behind only Whitey Ford (.778, 35-10) and Roger Clemens (.800, 36-9)...Posted a career-low 4.6% walk rate in 2022, fifth-lowest in the AL...Was 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA (33ER/133.0IP) when walking one-or-fewer batters, compared to 2-6 with a 4.16 ERA (31ER/67.0IP) when issuing two-or-more free passes...Earned a starting nod on Opening Day for the third consecutive season, joining Bob Feller (1939-41) as the only CLE pitchers to make three consecutive Opening Day starts before turning 27…In his final start before the All-Star Break on July 12, tossed his fourth career CG vs. CWS (9.0IP, 3H, 1R-ER, 7SO)...Marked his first CG since Aug. 4, 2019 at Los Angeles-AL, and the first by a Guardian since Aaron Civale on 8/19/2020, snapping a 282-game streak w/o a CG (longest spell in franchise history; only CG for CLE in 2022)...The 95-pitch effort marked the fewest pitches in a CG by CLE P since Corey Kluber on July 30, 2014 vs. Seattle (85 pitches)...Registered quality starts in a career-high 11 consecutive outings from July 29-Sept. 22, going 8-2 with a 1.75 ERA (15ER/77.1IP)...The last Cleveland hurler aged 27 or younger with a longer such streak was Luis Tiant in 1968 (20GS)...Since 1975, Corey Kluber (14GS, 2018) is the only Clevelander with a longer such streak...Posted a 1-0 record w/a 2.03 ERA in two postseason starts (13.1IP, 8H, 3ER, 4BB, 15SO)…His G1 ALWC win vs. TB on Oct. 7 was a career first and was the longest start by a CLE pitcher since 2007 ALDS (Roberto Hernandez)…One of just two SP in club history (Bartolo Colon) with a start of at least 7.2IP and at least 8SO...Posted a 9-2 record with a 2.04 ERA (20ER/88.1IP) over his final 13 starts, 11 of which were quality...The Guardians posted a flawless 14-0 mark in 2022 when providing Bieber with four-or-more runs of support; Bieber was 12-0 with a 1.70 ERA (18ER/95.1IP) in those games... Cleveland is 46-2 in his career when tallying four-or-more runs of support in his starts, including 37 straight.
On the heels of becoming the club's fifth different A.L. Cy Young Award winner in 2020, the 26-year-old finished the 2021 campaign going 7-4 with a 3.17 ERA in 16 games/ starts...Despite missing more than half of the season, was still fourth on the club in bWAR (2.6), second in strikeouts (134 SO and fifth in innings pitched (96.2IP) while making the sixth-most starts (16)...Boasted second-lowest opponent batting average among club starters (.229) and second-lowest starter ERA on the club (3.17). ..Was on the Injured List from June 14 until being activated on Sept. 24 with a right shoulder subscapularis strain, which shelved him for 90 games and 101 days…After being activated on Sept. 24, the right-hander made 2 starts/appearances, going 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA (1ER/6.0IP) and a .182 average against (4-for-22) in 3.0-inning starts vs. Chicago-AL and KC on Sept. 24 and 30, respectively... Despite making final start of the first half on June 13 (vs. Seattle, 5ER/10H/5.2IP) and being on the Injured List for this year's All-Star Game, Bieber was named an All-Star for the second consecutive year...Led all of Major League Baseball with 130 strikeouts and 90.2 innings pitched at the time of his injury (4/1-6/14)…Additionally, at the time of his injury he was 7th in the A.L. in ERA (3.28) and T2nd in wins (7)…Through those first 14 starts, he went 7-4 with a 3.28 ERA (90.2IP, 80H, 33ER, 33BB, 130SO)...In just his 77th career game/75th start, Bieber eclipsed the 600 career strikeout mark, becoming the 3rd-fastest pitcher to hit that mark in MLB history (since 1901) and the fastest in franchise history...Owns the longest streak in MLB history of games with 8-or-more strikeouts, 20 games from 7/24/20-5/11/21...Streak was snapped on May 16 at Seattle (7SO)… Snapped a streak of 7+ SO in 23 consecutive starts on May 22...Is the 2nd-longest streak of 7+ SO games in MLB history behind Randy Johnson (34 G)...Bieber struck out 80+ batters in his first 8 starts of the season (84 SO in 2020 and 85 SO in 2021)...Only other pitchers with 80+ SO thru eight starts in back-to-back years are Pedro Martinez (three straight, 1999-2001) and Randy Johnson (2000-2001)… His 77 K's thru the first 7 starts of the season were tied for 3rd-most in MLB history (since 1893) with Gerrit Cole (2018), behind Pedro Martinez (82 SO, 2000) and Curt Schilling (78 SO, 1998)…Matched Nolan Ryan for the most K's ever thru the first 4 starts of a given season (48SO) before New York NL's Jacob deGrom broke the record on April 23 with a 15K performance to total 50 K's in his first 4 starts of the season....With 13 strikeouts against Cincinnati on April 18, the 2020 Cy Young award winner became the first pitcher in MLB's Modern Era to record 10+ punch outs in each of his first 4 starts to begin a season...Set a club record with six straight starts with 10+ SO...Both streaks came to an end with 9 punch outs on April 24...Punched out 12 on Opening Day and K'd a club-record 14 across 6.0 shutout frames on OD in 2020...Joined Bob Feller as the only other Cleveland Opening Day starter with multiple double-digit SO games (Feller; 10 SO in 1939 & 1946)...Also joined Nolan Ryan (2), Randy Johnson (2) and Bob Gibson (2) as the only four hurlers to record 12-or-more SO in multiple OD starts, becoming the first pitcher in the Modern Era (since 1900) to accomplish the feat in consecutive Opening Day starts (Elias)...Right-handed batters hit .210 (39-for-186), .196 overall (29-for-148) with runners on and .203 (16-for-79) with RISP… Batters hit at a .139 (22-for-158) clip when he was ahead in the count…Shane made two rehab starts on his way back from injury, appearing both for AAA Columbus (9/14) and AA Akron (9/19).
Crafted one of the finest seasons in club history, becoming the first pitcher in franchise history to win MLB's pitching "Triple Crown", leading the entire league in wins (tied with Yu Darvish), strikeouts and ERA...Was the first pitcher since 2006 to earn the distinction (Johan Santana) and became the fifth pitcher in club history to win the AL Cy Young Award...Joined Bob Feller (1940) as the only two AL "Triple Crown" winners...His fourth place finish in the AL MVP voting was the highest since Feller finished third in 1941...His 1.63 ERA was the lowest in the AL since the mound was lowered from 15 to 10-inches in 1969...His 122 strikeouts were also a club record over a pitcher's first 12 starts and the sixth-most in MLB history (since 1900) over a similar span, the most since Arizona's Curt Schilling in 2002 (123)...In addition to leading the AL in wins, strikeouts and ERA, he led the Junior Circuit in batting average allowed (.167), slugging pct. allowed (.265), SO per 9.0 IP (14.2) and was second in innings pitched (77.1)...His 14.2 SO per 9.0 IP were also tops in club history among pitchers w/at least 75.0IP...Cleveland went 10-2 in his starts as he worked at least 6.0 innings in 11 of 12 starts, yielding three runs-or-fewer in all 12...Recorded double-digit strikeout games in eight starts, leading MLB. Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom and Trevor Bauer were tied for 2nd with five such starts...Recorded 8-or-more strikeouts in all 12 starts, the longest streak to start a season in Cleveland history, surpassing Bob Feller’s 1946 club record (9 starts). Marked the second-longest streak in MLB history to start a season behind Randy Johnson (15 GS) in 2000... Reached the 100-strikeout mark in just 62.1 innings, the fastest by an MLB starting pitcher in the modern era, surpassing Washington's Max Scherzer’s 2018 mark of 63.0 innings...Recorded a historic performance in his first career Opening Day start on July 24 vs. Kansas City, striking out a club record 14 batters in 6.0 IP. He eclipsed Gary Bell’s previous record of 12 in 1960. Became just the fourth pitcher (fifth time) to record at least 14 strikeouts on Opening Day: Camilo Pascual (15, 1960), Randy Johnson (14, 1996/1993) and Don Drysdale (14, 1960)...Over his last 25 MLB starts dating back to 7/24/2019, he is 14-6 with a 2.21 ERA (167.1IP, 130H, 41ER, 33BB, 225SO)...His 1.25 ERA thru his first eight starts was the third-lowest mark in club history (1913 Cy Falkenberg, 1.14; 1968 Luis Tiant, 1.11)...His average B-R game score of 69.9 was the highest in MLB since Kershaw in 2014 (70.3), sixth-highest since the mound was lowered in 1969 and third-most this century (Pedro Martinez, 2000, 73.3).
Enjoyed a stellar season, earning the Most Valuable Player Award in his first All-Star Game in his home ballpark on the way to a 15-win season while recording 259 strikeouts, becoming just the 8th pitcher since 1969 to post at least 15 wins with at least 250 strikeouts at his age 24 season-or-younger...Just the fourth pitcher in club history to do so, and the first since 1965, before the age of 25 (Bob Feller, Herb Score, Sam McDowell)...Led the staff in virtually every category and posted the third-most strikeouts (259) in Major League Baseball and was tied for third with 24 Quality Starts...Struck out all three hitters he faced in the fifth inning of the July 9 All-Star Game to earn MVP honors in the 4-3 AL win...Got better as the season went along, going 9-5 with a 2.82 ERA over his final 17 starts from June 30 thru the end of the season (118.0IP, 103H, 37ER, 17BB, 137SO)...Led the Majors in second half innings (102.0IP)...In collecting his 15th and final win on Sept. 20 vs. Philadelphia, it marked his 15th start recording 7.0-or-more innings and allowing 2-or-fewer earned runs, 2nd-most in the Majors behind New York-NL's Jacob deGrom (17)...Recorded his 250th strikeout in that start...At 24 years and 107 days, Bieber became the youngest Tribe pitcher to throw 200.0+ innings in a season since CC Sabathia did so at 21 years old in 2001...The right-hander also became the youngest Cleveland member of the 200IP/200K club since Sam McDowell tossed 236.1 innings with 236 strikeouts in 1967 in his age-24 season...Bieber was the 4th of 12 MLB pitchers to join the 200IP/200K club this year...Bieber recorded his 200th strikeout of the season with a punchout of J.D. Martinez in the 5th inning of his Aug. 14 start vs. Boston, becoming the youngest Tribe pitcher (24 years, 75 days) to reach the mark in a single season since Dennis Eckersley at 21 years old in 1976...With his strikeout of Rhys Hoskins in the 5th inning of his start on Sept. 20 vs. Philadelphia, Bieber became sixth pitcher in club history to reach 250+ strikeouts in a season, joining SamMcDowell (1965, 1968-70), Bob Feller (1940-41, 1946), Corey Kluber (2014, 2017), Luis Tiant (1968) and Herb Score (1956)...Bieber reached 300 career strikeouts in his 44th appearance Aug. 4 vs. Los Angeles-AL with a 9th-inning punchout of Shohei Ohtani, becoming the second-fastest pitcher in club history to reach the mark in terms of games pitched behind only Herb Score (40, 1956)...Bieber threw his 3rd career complete game and 3rd of the season Aug. 4 against the Los Angeles Angels, tied for the most in the Majors this year with Chicago-AL's Lucas Giolito... Bieber, Giolito and Miami's Sandy Alcantara tied for the most shutouts in the Majors this season with two each...At 24 years old, Bieber was the first Cleveland pitcher to throw 3-or-more complete games in a single season in an age-24 season-or-younger since Charles Nagy (6) at 24 years old in 1991...Fanned a career-high 15 batters while recording his first career SHO on May 19 vs. Baltimore, just the second time in club history a pitcher recorded a SHO with zero walks and at least 15 SO (Tiant, July 3, 1968 vs. MIN)...Bieber carries a career win percentage of .667 (26-13), the 2nd-best win percentage by a Cleveland pitcher since 1908 (min. 30 starts) in the first 2 years of his career behind only Vean Gregg from 1911-12 (.683, 43-20)...Bieber's 26 wins in his first two campaigns are T9th-most by an Indians pitcher since 1908 are the most since CC Sabathia had 30 from 2001-02...Bieber tossed 1.0 inning in the All-Star Game and struck out the side, becoming the 14th pitcher in All-Star Game history to strike out the side at the time and the 2nd Indians pitcher to do so joining Sam McDowell in 1968...The right-hander was named All-Star Game MVP, the 3rd player to win All-Star Game MVP in his home ballpark (Cleveland's Sandy Alomar Jr., 1997 and Boston's Pedro Martinez in 1999)...The 24-year-old became the youngest Indians All-Star since Francisco Lindor in 2016 (22) and the youngest Indians pitcher since CC Sabathia in 2003 (22)...Recorded the fourth-lowest road ERA in the AL at 2.88 (33/103.0IP)...Recorded at least 6.0 innings in 25 of his 33 starts (worked 2.0-innings in relief in his first outing of the year on March 31 at Minnesota)...Bieber led the AL in walks-per-nine innings (1.68) and ranked 3rd in strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.48) and WHIP (1.05)... Has walked 2-or-fewer batters in 47 of 52 career starts, including 29 starts of 2019... Walked 1-or-fewer hitters in 23 of his 33 starts...Batters hit .258 (68-for-264) off him with runners on base and .248 (33-for-133) with RISP...Left-handed and right-handed hitters each recorded an OPS below .686 against Shane...Recorded a 2.67 ERA (25ER/84.1IP) in starts following a team loss...His career K:BB ratio is 6.0, fifth-best in MLB since his 2018 debut...Did not allow a walk in his last 69 PAs against a LHH dating back to September 4th.
Split the season between AA Akron, AAA Columbus and Cleveland, making 19 starts in the Majors in just his third professional season...Became the first Indians rookie to win 11 games since David Huff won 11 in 2009 and his 118 strikeouts were the most by an Indians rookie since Trevor Bauer in 2014 (143) and the third-highest single-season total by an Indians rookie pitcher over the last 40 years (1978-), behind CC Sabathia (171 in 2001) and Bauer (10th-most in club history by a rookie). ‹He was second among American League rookie hurlers in strikeouts and wins….His strikeout-to-walk ratio of 5.13 was the top mark among MLB rookies and the best single-season ratio by an Indians rookie in club history…His 1.81 walks per 9.0 IP (23BB/114.2IP) was the lowest mark among Major League rookie pitchers, as well as the second-lowest single-season mark by an Indians rookie pitcher (min. 70.0IP), behind Tom Brennan (0.97 in 1982)…His 114.2 innings were fourth-most among A.L. rookies. From May 31-September 6, Bieber posted a streak of 16 starts with two-or-fewer walks allowed, marking the longest streak by an Indians starting pitcher to begin his career in the Baseball Reference Play Index era (1908-)…Went 7-0 with a 3.56 ERA in 11 road starts (26ER/65.2IP), the first Tribe hurler in the B-R Play Index era (since 1908) with seven wins and zero losses on the road…His start of September 11 at Tampa Bay (6.2IP, 3H, 3BB, career-high 11SO) marked just the third start of 6.0-or-more shutout innings, three-or-fewer hits allowed and 10-or-more strikeouts in the B-R Play Index era (1908-), alongside similar outings by Herb Score (July 30, 1955 at Baltimore) and Steve Dunning (July 17, 1970 at Kansas City). His 118 strikeouts are the third-most punchouts through an Indians pitcher's first 20 career games in the B-R Play Index era (1908-), behind Herb Score (149) and Danny Salazar (125)…Saved his best for last, working 6.0 shutout innings on Sept. 26 at CWS, allowing just two hits while fanning nine…Was just the third start in the Play Index era with 6.0IP shutout IP, two-or-fewer hits and least nine SO (Bauer 4/9-15 at HOU; Kluber 6/1/17 at OAK)...Among all A.L. pitchers in the second half, was sixth in the league in strikeouts per 9.0IP (9.6), seventh in walks per BB/9 (7th, 1.9), tied for seventh in wins and tied for eighth in SO (76 in 71.1IP). Fanned a then-career-high nine Tigers hitters in the June 22 outing, becoming the first Indians pitcher since Luis Tiant in 1964 with six-or-more strikeouts in each of his first three career appearances ... Earned his first career win in his second career start on June 17 vs. Minnesota (5.2IP, 11H, 1R/ER)…Made his Major League debut at Minnesota on May 31 (ND, 5.2IP, 8H, 4R/ER, 2HR, 1BB, 6K)…Became the first pitcher in Indians franchise history to make his Major League debut on his birthday. Began the year in AA Akron and was promoted to AAA Columbus on May 3…Combined between the two stops he was 6-1 with a 1.47 ERA in 13 starts (79.2IP, 56H, 13ER, 7BB, 77SO)…In his Minor League career has walked 19 batters in 277.0 IP (0.62BB/9IP)…At the time of his second recall on June 17 thru 12 starts, his 1.29 ERA was the fourth-lowest mark in the Minors…Tossed a 7-inning, rain-shortened no-hitter on May 25 at AAA Gwinnett (7.0IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 7SO)…His combined ERA of 1.29 was tops in the organization and fourth-lowest in all of Minor League Baseball.