Abad warms up in the A's bullpen
|Minnesota Twins – No. 58|
December 17, 1985 |
La Romana, Dominican Republic
|July 28, 2010, for the Houston Astros|
(through July 18, 2016)
|Earned run average||3.61|
Fernando Antonio Abad (//; born December 17, 1985) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Houston Astros, Washington Nationals, and Oakland Athletics.
Abad began his professional career in 2006, pitching for the Dominican Summer Astros. That year, he went 5–2 with a 1.32 ERA in 15 games (11 games started). He also struck out 64 batters in 611⁄3 innings.
He split 2007 between the Greeneville Astros (17 games, four starts) and Tri-City ValleyCats (two games), going a combined 6–4 with a 4.25 ERA, with 59 strikeouts in 53 innings. In 2008, he pitched for the Lexington Legends, going 2–7 with a 3.30 ERA in 45 relief appearances, striking out 94 batters in 761⁄3 innings.
Abad pitched for the Lancaster Jethawks (41 games) and Corpus Christi Hooks (three games, all starts) in 2009, going a combined 4–7 with a 4.00 ERA, striking out 92 batters in 962⁄3 innings of work.
In 3 seasons with the Astros, Abad went 1–11 with a 5.10 ERA in 88 games while striking out 65 in 842⁄3 innings
On November 22, 2012 he signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals. He was called up to the big leagues when Ryan Mattheus was placed on the disabled list and has posted a 1.64 ERA so far out of the bullpen. He was designated for assignment on November 20, 2013.
On November 25, 2013, Abad was traded to the Oakland Athletics for minor league outfielder John Wooten. The Athletics designated Abad for assignment after the 2015 season, and he later elected free agency.
Abad signed a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins in December 2015.
Abad features a four-seam fastball (94–97 mph), a sinker (92–95 mph), a curveball (78–83 mph), and a changeup (75–79 mph). He tends to use the sinker and changeup more against right-handed hitters, and his four-seamer and curveball more against left-handed hitters.
- "Fernando Abad". http://www.baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 21 February 2013. External link in
- "Who Should I Start? Try the MLB Start/Sit Tool GET MLB ADVICE. FANTASY ASSISTANT HomeMLBFernando AbadNews Update Nationals signed LHP Fernando Abad to a minor league contract". http://www.fantasysp.com. Retrieved 21 February 2013. External link in
- "Player Card: Fernando Abad". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved 19 September 2013.