Born: July 12, 1990
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 195
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Drafted: 11th Round, 344th overall pick, 2010 (Braves)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
College: College of Southern Nevada (JC)
Agent: CAA Sports

Shreve is a lefty with good height who’s been a reliever throughout his pro career.  He didn’t show a great deal in the low minors, but in 2014, in AA, suddenly started getting a lot of swings and misses.  He reached the majors that year and has spent most of each season there since then.  He’s a flyball pitcher who’s had no platoon split at all.  He’s produced swinging strikes at a very high rate and hasn’t usually given up a lot of hits, but his walk rates have been high and he’s consistently had significant problems with gopher balls.  Shreve relies heavily on a splitter that he throws over a third of the time.  His fastball sits in the low 90s and he occasionally throws a slider.  The Pirates signed him to a minor league deal for 2021.

R+:  2-0-1, 2.25 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 16.0 IP, 1.7 BB/9, 11.3 K/9

Shreve got into eight games in his advanced rookie ball debut and pitched well.

A:  5-6-4, 3.85 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 70.0 IP, 3.3 BB/9, 8.7 K/9

The Braves moved Shreve up to full season ball, which was more of a challenge.  Opponents batted .282 against him.

A+:  4-4-1, 2.15 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 46.0 IP, 3.3 BB/9, 8.0 K/9
AA:  2-1-0, 3.93 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, 18.1 IP, 7.9 BB/9, 7.9 K/9

In high A, Shreve pitched reasonably well, but not as well as the ERA suggests.  His xFIP was 3.46.  He had a tougher time in 11 late-season games in AA, walking nearly a batter an inning.

A+:  0-1-2, 2.75 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 19.2 IP, 3.7 BB/9, 6.9 K/9
AA:  3-1-0, 4.43 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 42.2 IP, 4.6 BB/9, 5.9 K/9

Back in AA, Shreve pitched just decently, with poor walk and K rates.  Atlanta sent him down to high A in July and he finished the season there.

AA:  3-2-7, 2.48 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 54.1 IP, 1.5 BB/9, 12.6 K/9
AAA:  2-1-2, 3.72 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 9.2 IP, 2.8 BB/9, 10.2 K/9
MLB:  0-0-0, 0.73 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 12.1 IP, 2.2 BB/9, 10.9 K/9

Shreve went back to AA and took a big step forward, with great walk and K rates.  Atlanta called him up for ten days in July, sent him down to AAA and then recalled him in September.  He pitched well at every level.  Baseball America rated him the Braves’ 12th best prospect after the season, but Atlanta traded him to the Yankees on New Year’s Day.

AAA:  0-0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.14 WHIP, 2.1 IP, 3.9 BB/9, 0.0 K/9
MLB:  6-2-0, 3.09 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 58.1 IP, 5.1 BB/9, 9.9 K/9

Except for one early-season game in AAA, Shreve spent the year with the Yankees.  Opponents batted only .228 against him, but he had trouble with both walks and home runs, allowing better than one of the latter every six innings.

AAA:  0-0-0, 1.62 ERA, 0.66 WHIP, 16.2 IP, 3.8 BB/9, 10.8 K/9
MLB:  2-1-1, 5.18 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 33.0 IP, 3.5 BB/9, 9.0 K/9

Shreve opened the season with the Yankees, but went out with a shoulder sprain in late May.  He returned to the majors a month later, after a rehab in AAA, then spent two more stints in AAA over the rest of the season.  His control improved over the previous season, but he had even more gopher ball problems, allowing one every found innings in the majors.

AAA:  1-0-1, 1.59 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 11.1 IP, 2.4 BB/9, 15.1 K/9
MLB:  4-1-0, 3.77 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 45.1 IP, 5.0 BB/9, 11.5 K/9

The Yankees kept Shreve in the majors for most of the season, sending him to AAA for just two brief stretches.  He continued in the same manner, missing a lot of bats but walking too many and allowing a longball every five and a half innings.

MLB (NYY):  2-2-1, 4.26 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 38.0 IP, 4.3 BB/9, 10.9 K/9
MLB (StL):  1-2-0, 3.07 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 14.2 IP, 5.5 BB/9, 9.8 K/9

Now out of options, Shreve remained with the Yankees until the trade deadline, when they sent him to the Cards in the deal for Luke Voit.  He continued along the same lines at both stops, missing bats, walking too many and allowing a lot of gopher balls.

AAA:  2-2-3, 3.45 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 60.0 IP, 3.9 BB/9, 10.2 K/9
MLB:  1-0-0, 9.00 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 2.0 IP, 4.5 BB/9, 9.0 K/9

St. Louis outrighted Shreve to AAA in spring training.  He pitched well there, especially considering that it was in the Pacific Coast League during an offensive explosion.  The Cards called him up very briefly in July, then outrighted him again.  He elected free agency at the end of the season and signed a minor league deal with the Mets.

MLB:  1-0-0, 3.96 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 25.0 IP, 4.3 BB/9, 12.2 K/9

The Mets called Shreve up when the shortened season began and he made 17 appearances for them.  He posted a very high K rate and held opponents to a .181 average, but walks and homers remained problems.  Shreve became a free agent after the season.

AAA:  0-0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP, 2.0 IP, 0.0 BB/9, 13.5 K/9
MLB:  3-3-0, 3.20 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 56.1 IP, 4.5 BB/9, 7.2 K/9

The Pirates signed Shreve to a minor league deal just before spring training.  He lost out to Sam Howard, but got called up in May when Kyle Crick got hurt.  He spent the rest of the season with the Pirates and became one of their bullpen mainstays.  The ERA, though, is misleading.  It was largely the product of a low BABIP (.234) and a high strand rate (83.6%).  Shreve also had subpar walk and K rates, all of which left him with an xFIP of 5.15.  He held left-handed batters to a .633 OPS while right-handed batters posted a .719 figure.

It’ll be interesting to see whether the Pirates keep Shreve on the 40-man roster.  He probably lacks Howard’s upside and seems like somebody the Pirates could replace with a minor league signing.  He’s eligible for arbitration.

2021: Minor League Salary

  • $1,500,000 if in majors

2020: $100,000
2018: $825,000
2017: $552,425
2016: $533,400
2015: $510,275

Signing Bonus: $125,000
MiLB Debut: 2010
MLB Debut: 7/19/2014
MiLB FA Eligible: 2021
MLB FA Eligible: 2022
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: 7/19/2014
Options Remaining: 0 (USED: 2014, 2016, 2017)
MLB Service Time: 5.154
June 8, 2010: Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 11th round, 344th overall pick; signed on June 13.
July 19, 2014:
Contract purchased by the Atlanta Braves.
January 1, 2015: Traded by the Atlanta Braves with David Carpenter to the New York Yankees for Manny Banuelos.
July 28, 2018: Traded by the New York Yankees with Giovanny Gallegos to the St. Louis Cardinals for Luke Voit and $1,000,000 in international pool space.
March 22, 2019: Designated for assignment by the St. Louis Cardinals; outrighted to AAA on March 27.
July 11, 2019: Called up by the St. Louis Cardinals.
July 23, 2019: Designated for assignment by the St. Louis Cardinals; outrighted to AAA on July 27.
September 30, 2019: Became a free agent.
November 21, 2019: Signed as a minor league free agent by the New York Mets.
July 23, 2020: Called up by the New York Mets.
December 2, 2020: Became a free agent.
February 7, 2021: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
May 11, 2021: Called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates.