Shreve with the New York Yankees
|St. Louis Cardinals – No. 40|
Born: July 12, 1990|
Las Vegas, Nevada
|July 19, 2014, for the Atlanta Braves|
|MLB statistics |
(through September 19, 2018)
|Earned run average||3.65|
Chasen Dean Shreve (born July 12, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2014 with the Atlanta Braves, and was traded to the New York Yankees before the 2015 season. The Yankees traded him to St. Louis in 2018.
Shreve attended Bonanza High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. In his senior year, Shreve was named to the Nevada All-State Second team for baseball. He enrolled at the College of Southern Nevada, where he played college baseball.
The Atlanta Braves selected Shreve in the 11th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his professional debut with the Danville Braves of the Rookie-level Appalachian League that year, pitching to a 2–0 win-loss record and a 2.25 earned run average (ERA). In 2011, Shreve pitched for the Rome Braves of the Class A South Atlantic League, finishing the season with a 5–6 win-loss record and a 3.86 ERA. Shreve began the 2012 season with the Lynchburg Hillcats of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League, where he had a 4–4 win-loss record and a 2.15 ERA, before receiving a promotion to the Mississippi Braves of the Class AA Southern League, where he had a 2–1 record and a 3.93 ERA. Shreve split the 2013 season with Mississippi and Lynchburg, pitching to a 3–1 record and a 4.43 ERA in Mississippi and a 0–1 record and a 2.75 ERA with Lynchburg.
During spring training in 2014, Shreve altered his approach to increase his pitching velocity. He had a 3–2 with seven saves and a 2.48 ERA. The Braves promoted Shreve to the major leagues for the first time on July 19, 2014 to replace Luis Avilán. The Braves demoted Shreve to the Gwinnett Braves of the Class AAA International League on August 1. He made 15 appearances for the Braves in 2014 accumulating a 0.73 ERA.
Shreve pitched to a 1.89 ERA in his first 52 1⁄3 innings of the 2015 season, but had a 13.50 ERA in his final six innings, during which he allowed four home runs. Yankees catcher Brian McCann speculated that Shreve was tipping his pitches to opposing hitters, though Larry Rothschild, the Yankees pitching coach, believed Shreve was simply tired at the end of the season. Overall in 2015, Shreve ended the season 6–2 with a 3.09 ERA in 59 game appearances.
Shreve struggled to a 5.21 ERA in his first 19 appearances to begin 2016. On May 26, 2016, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a left shoulder strain. On August 30, Shreve earned his first Major League save in 5–4 ten-inning win over the Kansas City Royals. In 2017, Shreve spent the first half of the season between AAA and the Yankees bullpen. Through his first 29 appearances, he collected a 2.77 ERA before being sent back down to Class AAA on July 19 after the acquisition of David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle. The Yankees recalled Shreve on July 30.
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