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2017 Yankees Season Review: Chasen Shreve

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A decent season from this southpaw still left something to be desired

MLB: Game Two-Cleveland Indians at New York Yankees Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Chasen Shreve came over to the Yankees prior to the 2015 season in a deal that saw former prospect Manny Banuelos go to Atlanta. From the time of his arrival he has looked like a decent left-handed option out of the bullpen and 2017 was a reflection of exactly that.

Shreve appeared in 44 games, logging 45.1 innings pitched. The southpaw posted a 3.77 ERA and struck out 58 batters. The fact that he struck out more than a batter per inning came as a bit of surprise to me, but he actually accomplished the same feat in 2015.

Shreve found his most success on the road, pitching to the tune of a 2.77 ERA in 22 games away from the Bronx. However, in 22 games at home, Shreve struggled, posting a 5.12 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.

Ultimately the fate of Shreve will depend on his command. The 58 strikeouts are nice, but 25 walks in 45 innings is too much; especially when coming out of the bullpen.

Shreve vs RH
Fangraphs

Shreve vs LH
Fangraphs

As you can see, Shreve is kind of all over the place. Granted he misses low with his split-fastball/sinker or whatever you want to call it, but his fastball is in the heart of the plate far too often. He will need to sharpen up his command if he wants to solidify himself in the bullpen.

At this point the Yankees have yet to add another lefty to the bullpen mix so Shreve should have a solid shot at breaking camp with the team. It is incredibly early though and I would not be surprised at all to see Brian Cashman bring in another option to compete with Shreve in the spring.

What do you think the future holds for Chasen Shreve?