Former Gaucho Shane Bieber Named American League All-Star

Former Gaucho Shane Bieber Named American League All-Star

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Former UC Santa Barbara standout and current Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Shane Bieber has been named to the American League All-Star Team, it was announced on Friday evening.

Bieber, who sports an 8-3 record to go along with a 3.45 ERA, was named as an injury replacement for Texas Rangers left-hander Mike Minor and is the first Gaucho to be named an All-Star since Michael Young in 2011.

The ace during the Gauchos' 2016 College World Series run, Bieber has enjoyed early success in the majors and becomes the sixth UCSB alum to earn an All-Star nod joining Young, Barry Zito, Chris Speier, Larry Dierker and Jerry Reuss.

At just 24 years old, the Laguna Hills, Calif. native is the youngest Cleveland Indians starting pitcher to earn a spot in the Midsummer Classic since CC Sabathia in 2004.  

Bieber currently ranks fifth in the majors in opponent's on-base percentage (.260), sixth in strikeout-to-walk ratio ((6.13) (141 K, 23 BB)), seventh in WHIP (1.01) and ninth in batting average against (.214).

The 90th Major League Baseball All-Star Game, hosted by the Cleveland Indians, is scheduled for this Tuesday, July 9 at 4:30 p.m. PT and will air on FOX.