Fernando Abad, Relief Pitcher, Boston Red Sox, #58
Date of Birth: 12/17/1985
Birthplace: La Romana, Dominican Republic
Fernando Abad, relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, first signed with the Houston Astros in December, 2002. He pitched in the Astros' minor league system from 2006 through 2009.
Abad pitched in 22 games with the Astros in 2010. He had a 2.84 ERA in 19.0 innings. The following season, he had a 7.32 ERA in 29 games. He also pitched in 31 games in the minors in 2011. He spent time on the DL in 2012. He finished the season with a 5.09 ERA in 37 games with the Astros.
Abad became a free agent on November 1, 2012, and he signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals on November 19th. He pitched in 39 games in 2013 and he finished with a 3.35 ERA.
The Nationals traded Abad to the Oakland Athletics on November 25, 2013. He had a strong season in 2014, finishing with a career low ERA of 1.57. He had career highs in games played (69), innings pitched (57.1), and strikeouts (51 to 15 walks). The following season, he had a 4.15 ERA in 62 games.
Abad became a free agent again on December 3, 2015. Two weeks later, on December 17th, he signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins.
The Twins traded Abad to the Red Sox on August 1, 2016. He finished the 2016 season with a 3.66 ERA, 1 win and 6 losses, 1 save, and 41 strikeouts to 22 walks in 39 games with the Twins and 18 games with the Red Sox. He didn't pitch in the postseason.
Career pitching statistics for Abad through 2016 include:
- 315 games played
- 274.0 innings pitched
- 6-26 win-loss record
- 234 strikeouts to 99 walks
- 3.71 ERA