Antonio Bastardo, Relief Pitcher
Date of Birth: 9/21/1985
Birthplace: Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic
Antonio Bastardo, relief pitcher, was first signed by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2005. He pitched in their minor league system in 2008.
Bastardo pitched in five games as a starting pitcher and 1 game of relief with the Phillies in 2009. He had a 6.46 ERA in 23.2 innings. He also pitched in 17 games in the minors. In 2010, he became a relief pitcher only. He pitched 18.2 innings in 25 games with the Phillies and he had a 4.34 ERA.
In 2011, his first full season in the major leagues, Bastardo pitched in 64 games. He finished the season with 6 wins and 1 loss, 8 saves, and a 2.64 ERA in 58.0 innings. The following season, he had a career high 81 strikeouts (to 26 walks) and a 4.33 ERA in 65 games. He pitched in only 48 games in 2013 and he had a career low ERA of 2.32. He returned in 2014 to a full season of 67 games and he again had 81 strikeouts, this time to 34 walks, and a 3.94 ERA.
Bastardo was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in December, 2014. He finished the 2015 season with a 2.98 ERA in 66 games.
Bastardo signed with the New York Mets on January 22, 2016. He was returned to the Pirates in a trade on August 1, 2016. He finished the season with 3 wins and no losses, 74 strikeouts to 32 walks, and a 4.52 ERA in 41 games with the Mets and 28 games with the Pirates.
The Pirates released Bastardo on July 13, 2017. He spent time on the DL and in the minors in 2017, pitching just 9.0 innings in 9 games with the Pirates.
Career pitching statistics for Bastardo through 2017 include:
- 419 games played
- 393.0 innings pitched
- 27-20 win-loss record
- 12 saves
- 470 strikeouts to 192 walks
- 4.01 ERA