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The Cleveland Indians selected pitcher Shane Bieber in the fourth round of the 2016 amateur draft. After beginning his career with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the New York-Penn League, where he had an ERA of 0.95 in 24 innings, he advanced fast through the system.

 Shane Bieber
Shane Bieber

He pitched 173 1/3 innings for the Lake County Captains, Lynchburg Hillcats, and Akron Rubber Ducks in 2017, going 10-5 with a 2.86 ERA in 28 games.

He also had an incredible 162/10 K/BB ratio. He began the 2018 season with Akron, but after posting an ERA of 1.16 in five starts, he was promoted to the AAA Columbus Clippers.

With an ERA of 1.05 in five starts, he continued to dominate minor league hitters. He struck out seven batters and walked none in a rain-shortened seven-hit no-hitter over the Gwinnett Stripers on May 25th.

He continued to control the strike zone, with 61 strikeouts and three walks in 65 1/3 innings.


Shane was promoted to the majors on May 28, 2018, less than two years after being selected, with his first start slated for May 31st, his 23rd birthday, to give Trevor Bauer an additional day of rest.

As Cleveland defeated the Minnesota Twins 9-8, he pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs and without being involved in the decision.

Shane was the first starting pitcher since Edwin Jackson in 2003 to make his debut on his birthday.

Who Does Shane Bieber Play For?

Shane Bieber Plays for the Cleveland Guardians.