Fernando Abad

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Fernando Abad
Fernando Abad on August 16, 2016.jpg
Abad pitching for the Boston Red Sox in 2016
Free Agent
Pitcher
Born: (1985-12-17) December 17, 1985 (age 32)
La Romana, Dominican Republic
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
July 28, 2010, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Win–loss record 8–27
Earned run average 3.65
Strikeouts 271
Teams

Fernando Antonio Abad (/ˈbæd/; born December 17, 1985) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Astros, Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins, and Boston Red Sox.

Professional career[edit]

Houston Astros[edit]

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 61​13 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 76​13 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 96​23 innings of work.[1]

In 3 seasons with the Astros, Abad went 1–11 with a 5.10 ERA in 88 games while striking out 65 in 84​23 innings

Washington Nationals[edit]

On November 22, 2012 he signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals.[2] 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[when?] out of the bullpen. He was designated for assignment on November 20, 2013.

Oakland Athletics[edit]

Abad warms up in 2015.

On November 25, 2013, the Nationals traded Abad to the Oakland Athletics for minor league outfielder John Wooten.[3] In his first season in Oakland, Abad pitched a career high 69 games with a career low 1.57 ERA in 57.1 innings. Abad regressed the following season, allowing 11 home runs in under 60 innings. The Athletics designated Abad for assignment after the 2015 season,[4] and he later elected free agency.

Minnesota Twins[edit]

Abad signed a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins in December 2015. He became an integral part of the Twins' bullpen in 2016.[5] Despite a 1-4 record, Abad had a 2.65 ERA in 39 games for the last place Twins.

Boston Red Sox[edit]

On August 1, 2016, the Twins traded Abad to the Boston Red Sox for Pat Light.[6]

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

On February 17, 2018, Abad agreed to a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies that included an invitation to spring training.[7] He was released on March 21.

New York Mets[edit]

He signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets on March 25.[8]

On June 7, 2018, Abad was suspended 80 games after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance and was released by the Mets upon the announcement of the news.[9]

Pitching style[edit]

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.[10] He also occasionally throws an eephus pitch, around 55 mph.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fernando Abad Minor & Winter Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "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". fantasysp.com. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Wagner, James (25 November 2013). "Nationals trade Fernando Abad for minor league outfielder John Wooten". The Washington Post. Retrieved 18 February 2018. 
  4. ^ Stiglich, Joe (20 November 2015). "A's protect two from Rule 5 Draft, DFA Abad, Gentry". CSN Bay Area. Retrieved 18 February 2018. 
  5. ^ Twins: Abad moving forward to back end of bullpen
  6. ^ Red Sox acquire Fernando Abad from Twins - MLB Daily Dish
  7. ^ Heyman, Jon (February 17, 2018). "Heyman | Fernando Abad agrees to deal with Phillies". fanragsports. Retrieved February 17, 2018. 
  8. ^ Byrne, Connor (March 25, 2018). "Mets Sign Fernando Abad". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved March 25, 2018. 
  9. ^ Press, Associated (2018-06-07). "Fernando Abad given 80-game drug suspension". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-06-07. 
  10. ^ "Player Card: Fernando Abad". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Abad brings Beltre to a knee with eephus". YouTube. July 6, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2017. 

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