Former Cowlitz Black Bear pitcher Shane Bieber, who became the organization's second major leaguer in 2018, was named to the American League All-Star Team as a member of the Cleveland Indians. The MLB All-Star Game is Tuesday, July 9, in Cleveland.
After playing for the Black Bears in 2014, Bieber completed a standout career at UC Santa Barbara, and was drafted by the Indians in the 4th round of the 2016 MLB Draft. He made his major league debut in 2018, posting an 11-5 record in 20 appearances during his rookie campaign. So far in 2019, Bieber is 7-3 with a 3.54 ERA in 18 appearances that include 17 starts. He ranks 4th in the AL with 11.5 strikeouts per 9 innings.
During his summer in Cowlitz, Bieber posted a 1.44 ERA in six starts, not allowing an earned run in 4 of those starts. He was named to the WCL All-Star Game, and earned First Team All-League honors.