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#201 HeelDice

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 11:53 AM

One inning last night at Akron ... No runs, 1 walk, no Ks.

#202 petefungtorres

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 11:08 AM

Saw Bard pitch an inning last night and he looked really good. His fb was up in the mid nineties and the change was mid seventies. First batter was way off balance on a sequence of alternating speeds. No K's, 1 h, 1 w, 0 r.

One other thing of note in the game was the injury to Bates, who had to be helped off the field (and later carted out of the dugout) after sliding into third. The real shame was there was no reason to slide on the play as there was going to be no play at third anyway. I'm sure Beyeler feels like crap about it after giving the signal to slide. I hope it's not an ACL, but who knows. He was having a good game and has a really nice swing, first time I had seen him.

#203 HeelDice

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Posted 26 June 2008 - 06:24 PM

Last night at Connecticut -- 2 innings, 1 hit, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.

#204 JoeyBelle

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Posted 26 June 2008 - 07:17 PM

Year to date:
Daniel Bard 2008 Stats
Team W L G GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP ERA WHIP
Greenville 1 0 15 3 0 28 12 2 2 1 4 43 3 0.64 0.57
Portland 1 1 13 7 2 23 14 9 9 3 7 22 1 3.52 0.91
Total 2 1 28 10 2 51 26 11 11 4 11 65 4 1.94 0.73

Edited by JoeyBelle, 27 June 2008 - 08:50 AM.
Fixed - Cuz


#205 HeelDice

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 05:26 PM

6/29 vs. Trenton -- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K.

#206 HeelDice

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 03:03 PM

July 1 @ Trenton -- 1 inning, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K ... ERA at Portland now 3.28 with 26 Ks in 24.2 IP. Combined ERA this year (G'ville and Portland) now 1.88 in 52.2 IP.

September call-up?

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 03:53 PM

July 1 @ Trenton -- 1 inning, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K ... ERA at Portland now 3.28 with 26 Ks in 24.2 IP. Combined ERA this year (G'ville and Portland) now 1.88 in 52.2 IP.

September call-up?


Probably not. There is no room on the 40 as is. Sure people can be moved but I think there are a couple of people ahead of Bard.

#208 The_Powa_of_Seiji_Ozawa

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 11:53 PM

July 1 @ Trenton -- 1 inning, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K ... ERA at Portland now 3.28 with 26 Ks in 24.2 IP. Combined ERA this year (G'ville and Portland) now 1.88 in 52.2 IP.

September call-up?

I guess it would depend on how he is compiling these numbers. If he is using his secondary pitch(es) effectively (which has been suggested), then maybe make room for him, see how he does, and possibly put him on the post-season roster via the K-Rod loophole. If he is simply blowing overmatched minor league hitters away with his fastball, then maybe not.

#209 HeelDice

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Posted 05 July 2008 - 07:07 PM

Bard channeling Delcarman on July 4 vs. Reading: 1.1 innings, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. ERA now 3.12 at Portland.

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Posted 05 July 2008 - 07:26 PM

Probably not. There is no room on the 40 as is. Sure people can be moved but I think there are a couple of people ahead of Bard.


I agree with TRic based on a read of the box scores. You never know with the way the Sox do development, but the lack of dominance since the intial couple outings in AA suggests he's still quite a bit away. I think a very good scenario has him finishing strongly in Portland and heading to the Arizona Fall League. Then he'll be on pace for Pawtucket in 2009 and Boston in 2010.

#211 HeelDice

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 01:20 PM

7/7 vs. Reading ... 1.2 IP, 2 hits, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K ... ERA at Portland now 3.25 with 14 BB, 30 Ks in 27.2 innings.

#212 HeelDice

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 12:32 PM

2 innings last night at New Britain -- 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K ... ERA at Portland now 2.87 in 31.1 IP.

#213 Razor Shines

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 07:44 AM

He's still overpowering hitters in AA (2 Ks in 1 inning last night), but, Dan Bard has walked 11 guys in his last 11 innings. Given his track record, that is sort of alarming.

#214 thefatman

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 09:06 PM

What's the word on Bard's conditioning? If a guy starts to walk more hitters as a season goes on fatigue is probably one of the first places you look. Especially with a guy who just changed his mechanics.

#215 Jack Sox

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 09:11 PM

What's the word on Bard's conditioning? If a guy starts to walk more hitters as a season goes on fatigue is probably one of the first places you look. Especially with a guy who just changed his mechanics.


I can say with good confidence this has nothing to do with his walk totals. Bard still has no idea where the ball is going when it leaves his hand. But considering where he is now as opposed to where he was last year, I think we should all be pretty damn pleased.

#216 stevman17

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 02:33 AM

I can say with good confidence this has nothing to do with his walk totals. Bard still has no idea where the ball is going when it leaves his hand. But considering where he is now as opposed to where he was last year, I think we should all be pretty damn pleased.


To be honest with you I am not pleased. If Dan cannot get command of the strike zone history shows that he has no chance in the pros. I just checked the career minor league stats of a bunch of good baseball closers (Street, Papelbon, Rodriguez, Marte, Rivera), and none of them have had even close to the control problems Bard has had. Craig Hansen (4.54 BB/9) is the only closer/bust type guy I can think of with similar control problems, and even he walks less people than Bard's (6.61 career BB/9).

I think I, as a Redsox fan, have every right to be disappointed with what we are seeing from Bard. Unless he turns it around quickly in AA, and proves his Greenville line wasn't a fluke, I will be pissed at the fact that he has no chance at helping the major league team.

Edit: this is probably just a reactionary post, because his command in AA is not that horrible. He has a 4.6 BB/9 in only 29 innings pitched. This is a small sample size, and he could easily turn it around. It is just that his past control problems do not make me think this will happen.

Edited by stevman17, 23 July 2008 - 02:36 AM.


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Posted 23 July 2008 - 05:41 AM

To be honest with you I am not pleased. If Dan cannot get command of the strike zone history shows that he has no chance in the pros. I just checked the career minor league stats of a bunch of good baseball closers (Street, Papelbon, Rodriguez, Marte, Rivera), and none of them have had even close to the control problems Bard has had. Craig Hansen (4.54 BB/9) is the only closer/bust type guy I can think of with similar control problems, and even he walks less people than Bard's (6.61 career BB/9).


Well... the statement of pleasure has to do with where Bard was last year, not where he is in relation to the majors. And... well, let's take a look at where he was last year.

Last year he was in Greenville. He was struggling. He was beyond struggling. In 61 2/3 innings... he walked 56 and hit 8... while striking out only 38. Contrast that with this year in Greenville (28 IP, 4 BB, 3 HBP, 43 K)... it is clear he has made a massive improvement. Part of this is likely due to changing from a reliever from a starter... but not all of it. After all, he started 5 games in Lancaster last year before being demoted... and only pitched 13 innings. [And... he was beyond bad... 21 hits and 22 walks for a 3.23 WHIP]

And, it isn't like walks were the only issues. He gave up 55 hits in Greenville last year (which means a 1.80 WHIP). This year, only 12.

Thus far in Portland, he has pitched 34 innings. Yes, he has walked 18... but that is half of what he was doing last year despite being in a higher league. He has struck out 39. He has given up 24... which is a 1.24 WHIP.

Bard is not a finished product. If you are looking at him to help the Red Sox this year... hell yeah, you should be disappointed. That isn't going to happen. However, he has made a dramatic turnaround since last season and it seems clear that he has a chance to help the Sox in the future. After all, he could have turned into Eric Beattie.

[For those who don't know Eric Beattie's history... he was the 2nd pick (43rd overall) of the 2nd Round in the 2004 MLB Draft.]

#218 HeelDice

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 04:22 PM

7/26 @ Trenton -- 1 inning, 1 hit and 2 strikeouts.

#219 UNHWildCats

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 01:43 PM

The Red Sox maybe calling Bard up to take Hansen's roster spot. They have two open spots on the 40 man so no move needs to be made to add him.

#220 Jeff Van GULLY

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 01:44 PM

The Red Sox maybe calling Bard up to take Hansen's roster spot. They have two open spots on the 40 man so no move needs to be made to add him.


Have you heard anything or is this speculation?

He just moved up from A ball to AA, a jump to the majors is a huge step and unlikey IMO.

Edited by Jeff Van GULLY, 01 August 2008 - 01:49 PM.


#221 GreyisGone

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 01:45 PM

The Red Sox maybe calling Bard up to take Hansen's roster spot. They have two open spots on the 40 man so no move needs to be made to add him.

There is 0% chance they call him up. They have been babying him in AA and have mentioned he needs to develop his secondary pitches more.

#222 Rdsxmbnt

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 02:29 PM

The results are pretty impressive up to this point but Bard really still needs a good amount of work before he is ready. His secondary pitches have good potential but he definitely needs work commanding them (in the couple times I've seen him this year he tends to leave them up in the zone), as does his fastball. Right now his stuff is good enough to blow away AA hitters but he'll need to step up the command as he advances into AAA and the majors.

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 03:25 PM

I saw Bard pitch against the Fishercats last week. He was blowing away the AA hitters. Command looked decent too. Lots of swings and misses at the FB and the Hook.

#224 HeelDice

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 01:27 PM

8/4 at Reading -- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 Ks ... ERA at Portland now 2.48 in 40 IP, 20 BB and 48 Ks.

From the Reading paper (poorly written, but you get the gist) ....

"The Phillies regained the lead in the fourth when Greg Golson drew a bases-loaded walk from Sea Dogs flamethrower Daniel Bard. Bard, a first-round pick in 2006, was clocked at 99 mph.

"But after getting ahead of Golson 0-2, Golson battled back and worked a walk to put Reading back in front."

#225 HeelDice

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 03:33 PM

Appears to have moved into the closer role in last two outings, earning saves in both.

8/8 @ Conn. -- 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.

8/13 vs. Altoona -- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.

#226 threecy

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 06:56 AM

According to the 'jumbo' tron in Portland last night, Bard was the first Sea Dog ever in Portland to hit 100 mph (Wednesday night).

Last night he was struggling with control, coming into the top of the 9th with a one run lead, and leaving down one run. Fortunately, the Sea Dogs came from behind. He appeared to be having control issues with his fastball, though it touched 99 mph.

1 IP, 0H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 2K. BS (2), W (3-1)

Edited by threecy, 16 August 2008 - 06:58 AM.


#227 mt8thsw9th


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Posted 22 August 2008 - 01:12 PM

Bard was rated the best reliever and best fastaball in the Eastern League this season by Baseball America.

Edited by mt8thsw9th, 22 August 2008 - 01:12 PM.


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Posted 22 August 2008 - 02:16 PM

Bard was rated the best reliever and best fastaball in the Eastern League this season by Baseball America.


He has progressed incredibly well this yr but having said that he is still has a 5 BB/9 rate.
If he can get that closer to 3.5 range he could be a real asset next yr, especially if he can come close to the 2 GO/AO he has put up in the EL.
Still he has a long way to go, I don't want to think about what the MLE of a 5 BB/9 is in MLB.

#229 koufax32


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Posted 23 August 2008 - 10:06 AM

He has progressed incredibly well this yr but having said that he is still has a 5 BB/9 rate.
If he can get that closer to 3.5 range he could be a real asset next yr, especially if he can come close to the 2 GO/AO he has put up in the EL.
Still he has a long way to go, I don't want to think about what the MLE of a 5 BB/9 is in MLB.


I've not seen him pitch so this is completely speculative. Does he have that Mitch Williams mindset of just throw the ball as hard as possible? I remember him touching 100 mph in college with a seemingly fluid, smooth motion. Is he easy gas or max effort gas?

#230 Don Buddin

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 09:55 PM

I saw him pitch at the Portland Harrisburg game tonight. Spoke to the guy manning the gun behind home plate. He had Bard at 96-99. It appeared to be easy gas not maximum gas to me.

#231 threecy

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 06:32 AM

I saw him pitch at the Portland Harrisburg game tonight. Spoke to the guy manning the gun behind home plate. He had Bard at 96-99. It appeared to be easy gas not maximum gas to me.


I agree with that - it didn't seem like he was straining to hit the upper 90s (for an example of that, see the Nolan Ryan game in KC years ago when he was literally falling over while hitting 3 digits).

#232 dewystoetap

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 10:29 AM

I know the thougt has been he would not make a trip to Boston this year, but with our pen getting thinner by the day is there any chance he gets a shot? There isn't any arms in the Bucket that excites me except Bowden and I don't know how he would translate to the pen.

#233 mt8thsw9th


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Posted 25 August 2008 - 11:10 AM

I'd rather they call up a "safer", lower-upside guy like Eric Hull. Bard has the potential of being a dominant reliever one day, but for now, he runs the risk of major implosion at the major league level facing more patient hitters.

And while the pen is thinning right now, it's the 6th and 7th inning that needs help, as Okajima has settled down nicely after a rough June.

#234 dewystoetap

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 11:16 AM

I'd rather they call up a "safer", lower-upside guy like Eric Hull. Bard has the potential of being a dominant reliever one day, but for now, he runs the risk of major implosion at the major league level facing more patient hitters.

And while the pen is thinning right now, it's the 6th and 7th inning that needs help, as Okajima has settled down nicely after a rough June.


I am ok with Oki, Paps, and Masterson, but after that not so much.

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 11:23 AM

I am ok with Oki, Paps, and Masterson, but after that not so much.


The main problem is the starters going 6 or 7. Come playoff time, you rarely see from anyone not named those three. Also, when the starting pitchers are doing their jobs, the rest of the bullpen that doesn't consist of your top 3 relievers is rarely a problem. I understand wanting to improve the depth, but Bard, with his control trouble in the minors could be potentially catastrophically bad out of the pen. Bard is essentially Delcarmen with a harder fastball and hook. However, I don't see how Bard, as much as Delcarmen has been maligned, can reasonably be expected to outperform Delcarmen.

Bard's control this year in AA makes Delcarmen look like Timlin circa 2004.

#236 SouthPaw21

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Posted 06 September 2008 - 06:41 PM

Bard was named to the Baseball America Minor League All-Star 1st Team (RP).

RP Daniel Bard Red Sox
The 23-year-old Bard gained traction this season in his inconsistent career, two years after going 28th overall in the 2006 draft. The righthander entered the season with a career minor league ERA of 7.08 and more walks (78) than strikeouts (47) or innings (75). But that was in a starting role. Converted to relief at low Class A Greenville, Bard needed just a month to adjust, and soon he was blowing high-90s heat past Double-A batters. He struck out 12.4 batters per nine innings and, among minor league relievers, his .158 opponent average ranked second.



#237 Carmine Hose

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 03:53 PM

According to WEEI today, Bard was named the Minor League pitcher of the year.

http://boston.redsox...e...sp&c_id=bos

Edited by Carmine Hose, 26 September 2008 - 03:56 PM.


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Posted 14 November 2008 - 02:57 PM

As for Bard, I posed the question to director of player development Mike Hazen, who wrote in an e-mail, "If things continue to progress for Daniel, I think seeing him at some point in 2009 is more than reasonable. The plan right now will be to continue the progression out of the bullpen in order to be able to impact the ML pen in multiple roles."

Source: http://www.boston.co...1_14_08/?page=7

#239 SoxScout


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Posted 14 November 2008 - 03:51 PM

Anyone else feel the Jose Ceda for Kevin Gregg trade puts a damper on Bard's trade value? I understand that Gregg is decent, but what the hell, shouldn't Ceda and the older Bard be expected to put up similar or better peripherals now and have 6 years of team control?

I guess the Cubs wanted the easiest person to attain that had closed in the past, but the fact that it cost one of the top probably 3 RP prospects in baseball is kind of disheartening. What the heck was wrong with a back end of the pen featuring Marmol, Samardzija and Ceda?

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 03:59 PM

That trade kind of bugs me as well, but credit to Florida to keep doing what they're doing. They're building a team that could have a surprise in them worthy of the '08 Rays. I too think Ceda's much more valuable than Gregg, but Gregg has that "closer" sheen on him that kept Borowski and Kolb in the league for so long.

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 04:36 PM

That trade kind of bugs me as well, but credit to Florida to keep doing what they're doing. They're building a team that could have a surprise in them worthy of the '08 Rays. I too think Ceda's much more valuable than Gregg, but Gregg has that "closer" sheen on him that kept Borowski and Kolb in the league for so long.

I don't know if I agree with this sentiment. In the eyes of many GMs, an ml relief prospect just bagged a "proven closer" in a one for one swap. I don't see how that represents a diminution of perceived value at that position. It's not like Ceda or Bard could have represented the centerpiece in a trade for an elite player like a Peavy or a Holliday under the best of circumstances. While we may have a dim view on Gregg's value, at least one MLB GM believes otherwise, and you know he's not alone.

To me, this just underlines that I'd much rather have the Red Sox FO than the Cubs FO.

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 04:48 PM

Oh no I agree with you in that there are undoubtedly GMs who think this way, and this may be good for the Cubs this year. However, you're talking about a possible shut-down setup guy or closer who's cost controlled for the next 6 years. I think that's a lot more valuable than Gregg at $2.5m, and the reason it bugs is because Bard is now seen as slightly less valuable than a good reliever signed at that money for one year. It hurts our bargaining position for trading Bard.

#243 Quintanariffic

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 05:23 PM

Oh no I agree with you in that there are undoubtedly GMs who think this way, and this may be good for the Cubs this year. However, you're talking about a possible shut-down setup guy or closer who's cost controlled for the next 6 years. I think that's a lot more valuable than Gregg at $2.5m, and the reason it bugs is because Bard is now seen as slightly less valuable than a good reliever signed at that money for one year. It hurts our bargaining position for trading Bard.

And my only point is that it really depends on who you're dealing with. A number of GMs may look at a guy like Gregg covetously b/c of his shiny "closer" label. Those GMs would tend to be impressed that a ml relief prospect was able to bag a guy as "good" as Gregg, which would tend to inflate the value of such prospects.

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 12:54 AM

Oh no I agree with you in that there are undoubtedly GMs who think this way, and this may be good for the Cubs this year. However, you're talking about a possible shut-down setup guy or closer who's cost controlled for the next 6 years. I think that's a lot more valuable than Gregg at $2.5m, and the reason it bugs is because Bard is now seen as slightly less valuable than a good reliever signed at that money for one year. It hurts our bargaining position for trading Bard.

It seems like trade value of prospects is far too dependent on individual GM's perceptions of talents for a trade of one player to effect the value of a similar player. Maybe Hendry is down on Ceda and high on Gregg, even if he's wrong. Maybe there is another GM out there who absolutely loves Dan Bard. If that is the case, his trade value will be fine. The trade market isn't like the FA market, where one player can set the market for all similar players.

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 02:41 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. _ Red Sox pitching prospect Daniel Bard tossed 40 pitches during a live BP session Saturday morning on the back field at the Player Development Complex. The 24-year-old right-hander was very impressive.

"I heard he threw the ball very well today," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona, who did not watch the session. "He has a power arm that not too many guys in this camp, or in the league, posses. He's going to be a fun guy to watch. He has good breaking ball and had a real solid year last year. He kind of came into his own and he's going to be a fun guy to watch this spring."

"I thought he threw the ball really well," said Red Sox catcher Josh Bard, who is not related and served as his batterymate. "Obviously he's a pretty special talent. He's got one of those one-in-a-million arms and ultimately he looks like a guy who is eager to learn. I think he's got a bright future ahead of him. It's hard to see when you have a live BP session and that's' the first time I've seen him. Yeah, stuff-wise he's extremely talented.

"He seems like a hard worker. I know they like him a lot and they should. Time and truth will tell, just like the rest of us."

"I felt good," he said. "It was better than my first outing and that's all I can ask for. My command was definitely better."

"It's a fine line," he said. "I've tried to use the adrenaline rush, the same you get in a game, but I'm sure it's a little more intense in the big leagues. I'm just trying to make a good first impression."

Oh, he did.

http://soxblog.projo...raining-58.html

Talking to Bard Friday, he said that he wants to make a conscious effort to integrate his change-up more, having rarely thrown in 2008.

http://fullcount.wee...pring-training/

#246 Todd Benzinger

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Posted 08 March 2009 - 11:18 PM

I caught the last few innings of the MLB.tv broadcast today... Joe Castiglione who was sitting in for Remy remarked that Bard's performance today "was the most impressive by a youngster I've seen since Clemens in 1984."

I just remembered to go back and see what he was talking about. Bard got three Ks in one inning, to all three batters he faced... he was hitting 96-99 on the gun, and the hitters looked overmatched. Of course, they weren't very impressive hitters--the best being the husk of Morgan Ensberg... But Bard looked really great. Of course, Orsillo and his guest (a Rays radio guy) only mentioned one pitch during Bard's inning, but heck...

Edited by Todd Benzinger, 08 March 2009 - 11:21 PM.


#247 Shore Thing

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Posted 08 March 2009 - 11:42 PM

I caught the last few innings of the MLB.tv broadcast today... Joe Castiglione who was sitting in for Remy remarked that Bard's performance today "was the most impressive by a youngster I've seen since Clemens in 1984."

I just remembered to go back and see what he was talking about. Bard got three Ks in one inning, to all three batters he faced... he was hitting 96-99 on the gun, and the hitters looked overmatched. Of course, they weren't very impressive hitters--the best being the husk of Morgan Ensberg... But Bard looked really great. Of course, Orsillo and his guest (a Rays radio guy) only mentioned one pitch during Bard's inning, but heck...

I was fortunate enough to catch this game today in Ft. Myers. Bard, to put it simply, looked outstanding. I glanced over at the scouts after one of his pitches and noticed a couple of them chuckling at the readings on the radar gun. His delivery is effortless. He completely overmatched the 3 hitters he faced. He threw a couple of curves that seemed to really throw the hitters off-balance. It was really a noteworthy performance. Keep in mind that the Rays did strike out 15 times in the game.

#248 dewystoetap

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 09:42 AM

I watched on MLBTV yesterday and was pretty impressed! He got in a little trouble with a walk and sharp single, but settled in and blew the next batter away with heat. I am very hopeful that he has turned a corner and will help this team come July.

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 10:42 AM

Amelie Benjamin has a full article today on Bard (Boston Globe):

FORT MYERS, Fla. - There is a magic to triple digits. It's unimaginable territory to most major league pitchers, and hitting it with any regularity brings the eyes immediately to the radar gun. But to Daniel Bard, hitting 100 miles per hour with a pitch has lost a bit of its allure. It is, after all, not exactly a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence for him.

Bard has hit 100 in college, the first time in his junior year at the University of North Carolina. He has hit 100 in the minors, the number drawing amazement from teammates. He has hit 100 in spring training, while facing Mike Aviles in a game against the Puerto Rican WBC team.
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So outstanding that, because Bard wouldn't oblige the Red Sox by getting himself into trouble, they had to provide trouble for him. For yesterday's game, a 6-4 win over the Blue Jays, Bard was told that he would be inserted when starter Justin Masterson hit his pitch-count limit. Masterson happened to do that with no outs and men on second and third in the fourth inning.

Just the thing to get the blood pumping.

"It felt good," Bard said. "Definitely more of an adrenaline rush than starting a clean inning, which I think plays to my advantage. I think my game is a step up [in that situation]. My pitches are better."

Starting with a battle against Travis Snider - eventually striking him out looking - Bard took care of three straight batters, though a groundout by Raul Chavez brought home an inherited runner.

Bard gave himself a bit of a challenge in his second inning, when Joe Inglett doubled over Jacoby Ellsbury's head in center field but was cut down at third trying to stretch his hit. A double followed and, after a second out, a walk.

But Jose Bautista was caught looking, and Bard was done.
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One thing Bard has changed this spring is his glove placement as he gets ready for the windup. Instead of coming set at his waist, Bard comes set at his chest. It's a way of simplifying his mechanics, making them easier to repeat. One less movement, and perhaps a simpler and more consistent way to keep his pitches in the zone.

It's hard to argue with the performance, even before the alteration in delivery. And it's a performance that might have seemed impossible to those watching Bard two years ago, when he had a 7.08 ERA between Lancaster and Greenville as a starter, when he walked 78 batters in 75 innings and struck out just 47.



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Posted 17 March 2009 - 07:01 PM

Apologies - I was asked to remove this post as private information. Sorry if anyone was hurt or offended.

Edited by cwright, 18 March 2009 - 04:45 PM.