MLB pitchers of the year


Shane Bieber is an American professional baseball pitcher for Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians. He was selected in the fourth round of the Major League draft in 2016 by the Indians. Shane Bieber had a historic season in which he won the pitching Triple Crown that started on the opening day when in just six innings he struck out 14 batters, surpassing Gary Bell’s 12 strikeouts in the 1960 opener. Shane went on to set a new franchise record for the majors in ERA and strikeouts in just 77.1 innings pitched.

The 25-year-old right-hander is the first pitcher to attain the Triple Crown pitching for all MLB pitchers since the Minnesota Twins’ Johan Santana in 2006 and the first American League Indians pitching Triple Crown winner since Bob Feller in 1940. In 62.1 innings, Bieber hit 200 strikeouts, faster than any starting pitchers since 1893. Beiber recorded 8 or more strikeouts in each of his 12 starts in 2020. Since 1901, this is the second longest streak of 8 or more strikeouts to start a season, behind only the 15 consecutive games of Randy Johnson in 2000. Bieber joins Cliff Lee and Corey Kluber as an Indian player who has been named by baseball Digest as the MLB pitcher of the Year. Bieber is looked at as a rising star to only get better as his years in the Majors increase.

Devin Williams is an American professional baseball pitcher for Major League Baseball’s Milwaukee Brewers and made his MLB debut in 2019. In 2020, Devin Williams established his first Brewers opening day roster and made an instant impact. He would go on to place first among all MLB relievers with an ERA of 0.33 while tying for first in strikeouts with 53. On September 21st, Williams turned 26, and went on to strike out 53 of the hundred batters he faced in 2020, and in his 17.67 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched, he tied Cleveland’s James Karinchak for the highest ratio. The average batting opponents of Williams were second lowest among relievers, while his WHIP was third. 

Williams worked 24.2 consecutive innings over 20 appearances without allowing an earned run after allowing his only earned run of the season at Pittsburgh on July 27th. From August 14th to September 11th, he also left opponents hitless in 31 sequential at-bats. In September, Williams was announced the national league pitcher of the month, pitching 13 scoreless innings and 24 strikeouts over nine games. Williams then succeeded in winning the 2020 MLB relief pitcher of the year and will go on to be one of the greats.