The people have spoken, and they all are coming down with a case of Bieber fever.
Shane Bieber was incredibly impressive in 2017, showcasing the best control in all of minor league baseball and the Indians rewarded him by promoting the 2016 fourth round draft pick not once, but twice. Despite being drafted just one and a half years ago, Bieber finished the season pitching for Double-A Akron.
The right-handed starter out of UC Santa Barbera has pitched 197.1 innings thus far in his minor league career across four levels.
He’s walked just 12 batters (two intentionally) while striking out 183, good for a disgusting career K/BB ratio of 15.25.
Bieber sits in the low 90s, but he was a late bloomer and has been adding velocity consistently, touching 94 last season with room to add a few more ticks to his fastball.
As he continues to progress through the system, he’ll have to start missing the zone on purpose to keep batters honest, but that’s a good problem to have at this point in his career.
It’s not out of the realm of possibility to think Bieber could make an appearance with the Indians in 2018 if needed considering how aggressively he was promoted in 2017.
WHO SHOULD BE THE NO. 6 PROSPECT FOR 2018?
Will Benson, OF (Age 19)
2017 (A-): 236 PA, .238/.347/.475, 10 HR, 7 SB, 13.1 BB%, 33.9 K%, 146 wRC+
Strikeouts are an early red flag, but patience at the plate and power make him an an exciting prospect at 19 years old.
Willi Castro, SS (Age 20)
2017 (A+): 510 PA, .290/.337/.424, 11 HR, 19 SB, 5.5 BB%, 17.6 K%, 115 wRC+
One of the younger players at his level each season. Hit more home runs last year (11) than his first three professional seasons combined (10).
Yu-Cheng Chang, SS (Age 22)
2017 (AA): 508 PA, .220/.312/.461, 24 HR, 11 SB, 10.2 BB%, 26.4 K%, 110 wRC+
Displayed a significant power surge in 2017 in his Double-A debut, but at the cost of increased strikeouts and a major drop in batting average.
Aaron Civale, RHP (Age 22)
2017 (A): 10 GS, 57.0 IP, 22.5 K%, 2.1 BB%, 4.58 ERA, 2.51 FIP
2017 (A+): 17 GS, 107.2. IP, 21.1 K%, 2.2 BB%, 2.59 ERA, 3.40 FIP
Converted reliever impressed mightily after being promoted to High-A Lynchburg in 2017. Has the best slider in the Indians system, according to Baseball America.
Nolan Jones, 3B (Age 19)
2017 (A-): 265 PA, .317/.430/.482, 4 HR, 1 SB, 16.2 BB%, 22.6 K%
Took a leap in his Low-A debut showcasing improved power, an elite eye at the plate and reduced strikeout percentage. Defense at third base needs work.
Who should be the No. 6 Indians prospect?
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