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Saturday, June 23, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL PROSPECT WATCH: SHANE BIEBER SP CLEVELAND INDIANS

He may not be able to sing but this Bieber surely can overpower opposing hitters.  While Cleveland Indians top prospect starting pitcher Shane Bieber would love to have the wealth of Justin, he should do just fine on the money front as long as he continues to build on what has been a big season so far split between the minors and majors.  After having his most dominant start to date late Friday night by tossing seven scoreless innings with just four hits given up and striking out 9, Bieber seems ready to stick with the Indians and instantly become a valuable fantasy baseball hurler.  Leading into his latest promotion with the Indians, Bieber put forth the following impressive numbers at Double and Triple-A at the age of 23:

Double-A:  3-0 1.16 ERA 8.71 K/9 0.29 BB/9
Triple-A:  3-1 1.38 ERA 8.28 K/9 0.99 BB/9

Looking at the numbers, Bieber has been unhittable in the minors this season and he has really helped himself with steller control and decent strikeout totals.  While Bieber has increased his K/9 rate since coming to the Indians in no doubt taking advantage of unsuspecting hitters unfamiliar with his stuff, the ceiling is high here as his fastball has good movement and can reach the upper-90's to go with the top-notch control.  If Bieber is still available in your league, do yourself a favor and pick him up quickly.  This breakout has legs to it, along with a superb arm to go along for the ride. 




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