Bryan Shaw (baseball)

Bryan Anthony Shaw (born November 8, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Seattle Mariners, and Cleveland Indians/Guardians.

Bryan Shaw
Shaw with the Cleveland Indians in 2021
Free agent
Born: (1987-11-08) November 8, 1987
Livermore, California, U.S.
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 10, 2011, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
(through 2022 season)
Win–loss record43–45
Earned run average3.92

Early life

Shaw was born to Richard, a member of the California Highway Patrol, and Michelle (Shelli) Shaw. He attended Livermore High School in Livermore, California where he played baseball, football, and basketball.[1]



Shaw attended California State University, Long Beach. He played college baseball for the Long Beach State Dirtbags baseball team. Shaw's roommate in college was teammate Vance Worley.[2] In 2007, Shaw played collegiate summer baseball with the Chatham A's of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[3][4]

Arizona Diamondbacks

Shaw with the Diamondbacks in 2011

Shaw was selected in the second round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.[2] He was called up by Arizona on June 10, 2011.[5] Shaw made his major league debut that day, coming in for Esmerling Vásquez, who had just given up a leadoff double. Shaw pitched one scoreless inning against the Florida Marlins, giving up two walks and one strikeout, coming against Scott Cousins.[6]

Shaw was recalled from the Diamondbacks AAA affiliate Reno Aces on August 11, 2012.[7]

Cleveland Indians

Shaw with the Indians in 2017

On December 11, 2012 Shaw was traded to the Cleveland Indians in a three-team deal involving Trevor Bauer and Shin-Soo Choo.[8] Shaw and his wife, Kristen, had bought a house in Arizona the day before the trade.[9]

Shaw had a good 2014 season. In 80 games and 76.1 innings, he finished 5-5 with a 2.59 earned run average (ERA), 64 strikeouts, and 2 saves. Shaw appeared in more games than any other big league pitcher that year.

In 2016, Shaw led the American League (AL) in games pitched again, with 75. He went 2-5 with a 3.24 ERA and helped Cleveland win the pennant. Shaw gave up the game-winning run to the Chicago Cubs in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, in extra innings.

In 2017, Shaw was 4-6 with a 3.52 ERA in 79 games, and he threw a cutter 87.1% of the time, tops in MLB.[10]

Colorado Rockies

On December 12, 2017, Shaw signed a three-year, $27 million deal, with the Colorado Rockies.[11] Through 41 appearances in the first half of the season, Shaw endured the worst start to his career, posting an ERA of 7.57 in 35+23 innings, surrendering 50 hits. He was placed on the disabled list on June 25 with a calf injury.[12] For the 2018 season, he was 4-6 with a 5.93 ERA.[13] He threw a cutter 84.36% of the time, tops in MLB.[14] In 2019, Shaw posted an ERA over 5 for the second straight season. He ended the 2019 season with a 3-2 record in 70 games.

The Rockies released Shaw on July 17, 2020.

Seattle Mariners

Shaw signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Mariners on July 22, 2020.[15] He was optioned to the alternate site on August 7, 2020. He was designated for assignment on August 15, 2020. Four days later, on August 19, he was outrighted from the 40-man roster and remained in the alternate site. Shaw elected free agency on October 14, 2020.[16]

Cleveland Indians / Guardians (second stint)

On February 3, 2021, Shaw signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians organization and was invited to spring training.[17] The Indians selected Shaw's contract on March 31, 2021. In 2021 he led the majors with 81 games pitched and recorded a 3.49 ERA with 71 strikeouts in 77+13 innings.

Shaw became a free agent on November 3, 2021. On March 25, 2022, Shaw signed a one-year major league contract with the newly-named Cleveland Guardians.[18] He was designated for assignment on October 1, 2022.[19] After clearing waivers, Shaw was outrighted to the minor leagues on October 3, 2022. He elected minor league free agency on November 10, 2022.

Personal life

Shaw and his wife, Kristen, have one son together.[20]


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  2. Zuppe, T.J. (June 12, 2017). "Lagging internet, anxious mornings and dugout phone calls:..." The Athletic. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  3. "Major League Baseball Players From the Cape Cod League" (PDF). Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  4. "2007 Chatham As". Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  5. "Diamondbacks select Shaw from Triple-A". Miami Herald. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  6. Piecoro, Nick (June 10, 2011). "Arizona Diamondbacks manager sees progress in loss". Retrieved June 11, 2011.
  7. "Diamondbacks recall P Shaw and select INF Elmore | Fox News". Fox News. Archived from the original on February 23, 2014. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
  8. "Tribe gets Bauer from D-backs, Choo heads to Reds".
  9. Bona, Marc (August 3, 2017). "Cleveland Indians wives maintain strong involvement in local charities". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  10. "Statcast Pitch Arsenals Leaderboard".
  11. "Sources: Shaw to Rockies for 3 years, $27M". December 13, 2017.
  12. Freemyer, Jordan (June 24, 2018). "Colorado Rockies place reliever Bryan Shaw on 10-day DL, recall Yency Almonte". Purple Row.
  13. "Bryan Shaw Stats".
  14. "Statcast Pitch Arsenals Leaderboard".
  15. Mariners sign Bryan Shaw, place Tom Murphy on IL ahead of opener
  16. "Triple-A West Transactions | Triple-A West Stats". Triple-A West.
  17. "Indians To Sign Bryan Shaw, Heath Hembree To Minors Deals". MLB Trade Rumors.
  18. "Cleveland re-signs Bryan Shaw". March 25, 2022.
  19. "Cleveland Guardians add Bo Naylor, Zach Pleac; DFA Bryan Shaw, option Tyler Freeman". 2022-01-07. Retrieved 2022-10-01.
  20. "Reinvented Bryan Shaw ready to throw for Indians".
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