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Yankees 2015 Roster Report Card: Chasen Shreve

Chasen Shreve was dominant in the first half of the season, but he struggled immensely in the second half.

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Grade: C+

2015 Statistics: 58.1 IP, 9.87 K/9, 5.09 BB/9, 3.09 ERA, 4.92 FIP

2016 Contract Status: Under team control

Chasen Shreve was drafted by the Braves in 2010 and worked his way through their minor league system before finally making his MLB debut in 2014. Through 12.1 innings, the lefty pitched to a 0.73 ERA with 10.75 K/9 in relief and managed to catch Brian Cashman's eye. Over the offseason, Cashman traded Manny Banuelos to the Braves in exchange for a package of Shreve and David Carpenter. The latter didn't work out at all, as Carpenter found his way to the Nationals by June, but Shreve ended up being one of the Yankees' best relievers for most of the season.

Shreve got off to a blazing hot start in April, and quickly became one of Joe Girardi's most trusted relievers (behind Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances). He was absolutely dominant in the first half of the season, posting a 2.02 ERA with 9.34 K/9 through 35.2 innings. In the entire month of June, Shreve gave up just four hits, walked four batters, and opponents were batting just .118 against him. His walk rate started to rise in July, but he still managed to maintain a sub-2.00 ERA. Things started to go a bit haywire in August when Shreve gave up 11 hits and walked 10 batters in 11.2 innings, yet his strikeout rate improved to 12.34 K/9. As good as Shreve was in the first half of the season, he was equally as bad in September and October. It was almost like a switch was flipped, and the Yankees wisely started to limit his appearances. He gave up 16 hits, four home runs, and walked eight batters through six total innings in September and October combined, adding up to nine earned runs and giving him a 13.50 ERA. He gradually started walking more and more batters during the last three months of the season, and it's clear that he struggled with his command. Although he was the third best reliever in the bullpen for much of the year, as the season winded down, there was some debate about whether Shreve should even be on the postseason roster, and he ultimately was not on the Wild Card roster.

During the last few weeks of the season, Shreve said that he never felt like he had been hit that hard before, or that he had given up that many home runs before. He reportedly felt good on the mound and seemed to be at a loss for what was going wrong. Hopefully the problem was something mechanical or just end of the year fatigue. If he can rediscover the stuff that he had in the first half, he has the potential to be one of the best relievers in the bullpen again next year.