Cleveland’s Bieber Named an American League All-Star

Another member of the Indians will be staying home in Cleveland for the All-Star break. On Friday afternoon, Major League Baseball announced that right-handed pitcher Shane Bieber had been named to the American League All-Star team as a replacement for pitchers scheduled to pitch on Sunday.

Bieber joins starting first baseman Carlos Santana and reserves Francisco Lindor and Brad Hand as the fourth Indians representative for the 90th All-Star Game, set for play on Tuesday night from Progressive Field.

The second-year Bieber, 24, has showed no signs of a sophomore slump through 18 games this season (17 starts). He has posted a 7-3 record with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP and has been sharp of late. He is scheduled to pitch Saturday in Cincinnati against the Reds.

Heading into action on Friday night, Bieber was among the league leaders in the American League in a handful of pitching categories. His 133 strikeouts in 104 1/3 innings of work are sixth-best in the AL and his strikeout per nine innings rate of 11.47 is the fourth-highest mark in the league. His 1.045 WHIP is good for sixth in the league and includes a 7.42 hit per nine innings (tenth) and a 1.98 walks per nine rate (sixth). He owns the third-best strikeouts per walk rate in the league with a 5.78 mark. He is third in the league with one complete game and tied for the league lead with his one shutout. His fielding independent pitching ranks seventh at 3.40, even better than his 3.54 ERA.

This will be the first professional All-Star appearance for the fourth round pick out of the 2016 draft. He was a four-time Pitcher of the Week while in the Indians’ farm system, but was never acknowledged during his three seasons on the farm with a mid- or post-season All-Star nod, as he rarely stayed at any one level for a prolonged period of time. He is the youngest Indians pitcher to be named to the All-Star Game since CC Sabathia in 2003 (22) and 2004 (23).

Bieber went 11-5 in his rookie season in 20 games with a 4.55 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He owns a 16-6 record with a 2.24 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP in 50 career minor league games (49 starts).

Bieber was one of three late additions to the Midsummer Classic on Friday. Oakland reliever Liam Hendriks was also added to the AL team while starting pitchers Mike Minor of Texas and Charlie Morton of Tampa Bay were scratched due to starting for their respective clubs on Sunday. On the National League side, Los Angeles’ Max Muncy was added to the club to replace Washington’s Anthony Rendon, a first-time All-Star who is going to skip the game to rest nagging injuries, according to MLB.com.

Like Bieber, both Hendriks and Muncy are first-time All-Stars. Muncy was, however, in attendance at last year’s game while participating in the Home Run Derby. He is a former draft pick of the Indians – he was drafted in the 41st round in 2009, but did not sign with the club.

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