Yesterday, we graded Luis Severino, who struggled in the Yankees starting rotation but thrived in the Yankees bullpen. Today, we stay in the bullpen and grade Chasen Shreve, who didn’t have as good of a year as anticipated, but at least he avoided a September implosion of catastrophic proportions.
Chasen Shreve was part of the Yankees famous “Scranton Shuttle”, meaning the Yankees saw less of the reliever this season than they did last year. This season, Shreve went 2-1 with a 5.18 ERA in 33 innings. His K/9 was 9.0, which was the lowest (in a bad way) of his young Major League career but his BB/9 was 3.5, which was the lowest (in a good way) in his young career.
Let’s look at Shreve’s numbers month by month:
April: Shreve started the season with the Yankees, but gave up five runs in 8.1 innings and had 9 strikeouts. Shreve’s ERA for the month of April was 5.40.
May: May was not as kind to Shreve, who gave up six runs in 10.2 innings. He had less strikeouts (7) than innings pitched, so that was also a disappointment. Shreve’s ERA for the month of May was 5.06.
July: After Shreve was sent down to Triple-A in June, the Yankees brought him back in July and it seemed the stint in Triple-A fixed him. He pitched four innings in July, giving up no runs while striking out four. Shreve’s ERA for the month of July was…you guessed it, 0.00.
August: Just when you’re about to praise Shreve for getting his act together, he went back to being the pitcher he was in April and May. He gave up five runs in 6.2 innings, while striking out 7. However, Shreve was a hero for a night when the Yankees were in the WIld Card hunt, so that helps bring his grade up a bit. Shreve’s ERA for the month of August was 6.75.
September: Shreve pitched 3.1 innings in September, giving up three runs in that span. Shreve’s ERA for the month of September was 8.10.
The Verdict: When he has all of his pitches, Shreve could be brilliant. Unfortunately, Shreve suffers from inconsistency issues. and it makes him a slightly unreliable pitcher in the pen. Still, Shreve did help the Yankees secure a win on that late August night, so he did help the Yankees when it mattered.
So what would be Chasen Shreve’s grade?
FINAL GRADE: D+
Tomorrow: We grade Masahiro Tanaka, who was nothing short of brilliant as the Yankees ace in 2016.