From the Field: Shane Bieber, sp and Gabriel Mejia, of, Cleveland Indians

 

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Shane Beiber was a 4th round pick out of UC Santa Barbara.

I actually saw him pitch here in Hawaii, but as luck would have it the two autographs that I got from him were ruined by rain.  I was irritated. Bieber was a legit prospect, and had great numbers in 2016 (12-4, 2.74 ERA/1.05 WHIP in 134 innings). He doesn’t have overwhelming stuff, throwing 88-92 mph, but he has good control.

I figured he would go high enough that I would regret missing him, but I could always ask for someone to get him later.

Then he was drafted by the Indians.

He was amazing in his pro debut. In 24 innings he only allowed 10 hits, striking out 21 and only walking 2.  Good for a 0.38 ERA and 0.50 WHIP.

He does not project as a top of the line starter due to his lack of any plus pitch, but his good fastball and excellent control carved up short-season competition. If he can develop his secondary pitches he could turn into something special.

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff W L ERA G GS IP H BB IBB SO WHIP
2016 21 -0.4 Mahoning Valley NYPL A- CLE 0 0 0.38 9 8 24.0 10 2 0 21 0.500
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/17/2016.

 

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In 2015 Gabriel Mejia played in the Arizona League, went .357/.438/.419 and was rated by Baseball America to be one of the Top 20 players in the AZL. This season he got the bump to Low-A, and went .322/378/.375. The numbers might not seem as good, but the jump from the AZL to the NYPL is tough, so they fact that he could more then hold his own is pretty great. Plus, he is only 20–a year younger than most of his competition.

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev G AB HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2014 18 -0.3 Indians DOSL FRk 70 263 0 20 72 20 51 50 .335 .443 .395 .838
2015 19 -1.2 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk-A- 59 224 0 22 40 11 22 28 .344 .410 .393 .803
2015 19 -0.9 Indians ARIZ Rk 43 168 0 18 34 10 21 20 .357 .438 .417 .855
2015 19 -2.1 Mahoning Valley NYPL A- 16 56 0 4 6 1 1 8 .304 .316 .321 .637
2016 20 -1.1 Mahoning Valley NYPL A- 65 264 0 16 28 9 24 51 .322 .378 .375 .753
All Levels (3 Seasons) 194 751 0 58 140 40 97 129 .333 .412 .387 .799
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/17/2016.
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