Shane Bieber

Age 24 SP
  • Born 05/29/1995
  • Bats R
  • Team: Cleveland Indians
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7.3% Thrown 87.6 MPH 23.4 CSW%
19.7% Thrown 82.7 MPH 35.7 CSW%
45.7% Thrown 93.1 MPH 32.5 CSW%
27.3% Thrown 85.0 MPH 34.7 CSW%

Arguably Biebers worst pitch in 2019 was his change-up, which registered a -0.9 pVAL. Used predominately earlier in the count to steal a strike, it did get a ton of groundballs and was better at limiting hard-contact than in 2018.

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Bieber saw his curveball’s swinging-strike rate spike from 14.5% in 2018 to 24.3% in 2019, due in part to opponents chasing the breaking ball more often (chase rate up 6.2% to 46.8%) while making less contact (54% O-contact rate in 2018 fell to 35.5% last season).

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Fun fact, Biebers fastball had the xwOBA in 2019 (.343) as it did in 2018! Is that fun? Probably not, but it does show that his fastball was a tad lucky in 2019, with a .065 different between his SLG (.440) and xSLG (.505).

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A veritable Money Pitch offering in 2018, a 35.2% zone rate (down 9.3% from 2018) loses the illustrious designation for Bieber’s slider. But Bieber’s primary breaking pitch carries a 23% swinging-strike rate, despite getting fewer batters to chase; the slider’s O-swing rate dropped 11.4% in 2019.

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57.6% Thrown 93.0 MPH
22.5% Thrown 83.7 MPH
16.2% Thrown 80.1 MPH
3.7% Thrown 87.7 MPH

Bieber’s four-seamer, which sat at 93 mph, got hit hard last year to the tune of a .374 wOBA and .310 batting average allowed. The results were particularly ugly against lefties, who pummeled it for a .432 wOBA and .353 batting average. It also had a low whiff rate at just 17.4% and a paltry 4.9% swinging-strike rate.

His primary breaking pitch, the slider was excellent and quite the Money Pitch with a 43% whiff rate, 26.2% swinging-K rate, 52.9% chase rate, and a .278 wOBA allowed. He also showed excellent command of it with a stellar 44.5% zone rate. It was even better against righties with a .266 wOBA allowed and a 50% whiff rate. Overall the slider was good for a 3.8 pVal.

His second breaking pitch, Bieber featured his curve noticeably more against lefties. The results were reasonable with a 31.9% whiff rate, 35.3% zone rate, and a 40.6% chase rate. All told it was slightly below-average with a -0.8 pVal.

Bieber’s least used pitch was his changeup at just 3.7%. 66 of the 67 he threw last year were to left-handers. The results were just bad with a .357 batting average and .395 wOBA allowed. It’s ineffectiveness was at least part of the reason for his immense struggles against lefties last year.

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