2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Shane Bieber
Colby Conway takes an in-depth look at Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Shane Bieber and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
Shane Bieber made 19 starts last year and posted an 11-5 record as a member of a talented Cleveland rotation. Those 11 wins are a bit vaulted, as he was the beneficiary of above-average run support. His 4.55 ERA is incredibly deceiving, considering his FIP (3.23) and xFIP (3.30) indicate that his ERA should have been much, much lower. By this point, everyone is aware of Bieber and he’s one of the popular upside picks in many drafts, especially as everyone in the draft is hunting for that third starter to perform like a SP2, or the fourth starter to be a reliable SP3. Bieber certainly could do that, but there will be improvements that have to be made. The word is out on Bieber, and his price has continually increased through draft season. Take a look, per NFBC.
What a jump from February to March, eh? People want their share of Bieber, as they believe a breakout in 2019 is looming. It certainly can happen, but his approach may need to change slightly. In terms of his...