Bryan Shaw

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Bryan Anthony Shaw

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Biographical Information[edit]

Bryan Shaw was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2nd round of the 2008 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Jim Dedrick and made his pro debut that summer.

Shaw reached the majors with the D-Backs in 2011 and had a good first season, going 1-0, 2.34 in 33 games, all in relief. He also made four appearances in the postseason, giving up no runs and no hits in 4 innings as the Diamondbacks lost to the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLDS. However, things got tougher in 2012 as he finished 1-6, 3.49 in 64 appearances. He saved 2 games and also was credited with 10 holds. On December 11th, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians as part of a blockbuster trade that also involved the Cincinnati Reds and in which eight other players changed teams, the most prominent being Trevor Bauer, Shin-Soo Choo and Didi Gregorius.

Shaw became one of the best middle relievers in baseball with the Indians as had at least 70 games pitched in each of five seasons he spent with the team, including three different years in which he led the American League in appearances (2014, 2016 and 2017). His 378 games pitched for the Indians was the 8th highest total in team history, and he was second in games in relief, after teammate Cody Allen. His ERAs were always good, the highest being 3.52 in his final season, 2017. He picked up at least one save each year, although it was not his main duty: he was there to set the table for the team's closers, mainly Allen and Andrew Miller, helping to form one of the best bullpens in the league, especially the final two seasons when the Indians were one of the strongest teams in baseball. He pitched in the postseason in three of those five seasons. In 2013, he pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in Cleveland's loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild Card Game. In 2016, he pitched 11 times as the Indians made it all the way to Game 7 of the World Series, which they lost to the Chicago Cubs in heartbreaking fashion. He had been credited with a pair of wins against the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALCS and in the historic World Series Game 7 on November 2nd, he replaced Allen in the top of the 9th with the score tied, one out and a runner on first, and he managed to keep the Cubs from scoring. But the Indians could not score the winning run in the bottom of the frame against Aroldis Chapman and in the top of the 10th, after a brief rain delay, he allowed a lead-off single to Kyle Schwarber, then after an out and an intentional walk, a double to Ben Zobrist which put Chicago ahead. After another intentional walk, Miguel Montero singled to drive in another run, at whcih point he was replaced by Bauer, who ended the inning by retiring the next two batters. Cleveland managed to get one of the two runs back in the bottom of the 10th, but it wasn't enough and Shaw was charged with the historic 8-7 loss. In 2017, he pitched three times in the Indians' loss to the New York Yankees in the Division Series, giving up just one run in six innings.

On December 15, 2017, he signed a free agent contract with the Colorado Rockies.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 4-time AL Games Pitched Leader (2014, 2016, 2017 & 2021)

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