Keeping It Together
Chasen Shreve can be a definite asset to this All-Star studded bullpen, but with last season’s skeptical play, Shreve is looking for a bounce back year. The Yankees may not give him as many opportunities as they did in 2016. He has to prove his worth from the beginning, not allow a trip down to the minors to be his reason for stellar play.
Shreve had ten holds in 2015 with one blown save, while striking out 64 batters in 58.1 innings pitched. He had a 3.09 ERA, which is good enough to get that long reliever role, especially since he was brought into the game behind 26 times. He allowed 20 earned runs while surrendering 33 walks which were still a little high.
For 2017 Shreve needs to have short term memory, which baseball is all about and put last season’s 5.18 ERA behind him. In only 33 innings pitched last season he forfeited 19 earned runs and walked 13 batters en route to only one hold and one save.
While averaging 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings in 2015, he averaged an even 9 per nine innings striking out 33 batters in 2016. This showed the ineffectiveness that Shreve needs to avoid, though should still find his way into the Yankee bullpen.