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

Fernando Abad
Fernando Abad on August 16, 2016.jpg
Abad pitching for the Boston Red Sox in 2016
Washington Nationals
Pitcher
Born: (1985-12-17) December 17, 1985 (age 34)
La Romana, Dominican Republic
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
July 28, 2010, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record8–29
Earned run average3.67
Strikeouts280
Teams

Professional careerEdit

Houston AstrosEdit

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 NationalsEdit

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 AthleticsEdit

 
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 TwinsEdit

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 SoxEdit

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

Philadelphia PhilliesEdit

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 MetsEdit

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]

Long Island DucksEdit

On August 3, 2018, Abad signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He became a free agent following the 2018 season.

San Francisco GiantsEdit

On February 16, 2019, Abad signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants.[10] On August 15, the Giants selected Abad's contract.

Second stint with Washington NationalsEdit

On December 18, 2019, Abad returned to the Washington Nationals, signing a minor league deal.

Pitching styleEdit

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.[11] He also occasionally throws an eephus pitch, around 55 mph.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "Fernando Abad given 80-game drug suspension". The Washington Post. Associated Press. June 7, 2018. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  10. ^ Todd, Jeff (February 21, 2019). "Giants To Sign Fernando Abad". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  11. ^ "Player Card: Fernando Abad". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  12. ^ "Abad brings Beltre to a knee with eephus". YouTube. July 6, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2017.

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