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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 29)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
34.3 3.90 1.39 35 2 1 0 0.3
Birth Date6-25-1985
Height6' 4"
Weight215 lbs
Age29 years, 3 months, 28 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.52010
1.42011
-0.62012
-0.12013
0.32014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2009 BOS 24 49 0 49.3 0.0 49.3 2 2 1 3 0 0 212 41 24 20 5 67 22 19 3 63 3.65 3.43 3.01 15.2 1.5
2010 BOS 25 73 0 74.7 0.0 74.7 1 2 3 7 0 0 295 45 18 16 6 71 30 27 2 76 1.93 3.34 3.32 14.2 1.5
2011 BOS 26 70 0 73.0 0.0 73.0 2 9 1 5 0 0 288 46 29 27 5 75 24 21 2 74 3.33 2.99 3.49 13.4 1.4
2012 BOS 27 17 10 59.3 54.3 5.0 5 6 0 0 3 1 277 60 42 41 9 99 43 42 8 38 6.22 6.32 6.93 -5.5 -0.6
2013 BOS 28 2 0 1.0 0.0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 1 1 0 1 2 2 0 1 9.00 7.08 10.69 -0.6 -0.1
Career21110257.354.3203.0101951531107819311410525313121111152523.673.964.1736.73.8

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2007 GRN A 17 17 61.7 6.22 84 .273 .269 .342 .409 .264 .281 113 4.5 0.4 4.5 0.4
2007 LNC A+ 5 5 13.3 10.10 35 .355 .268 .346 .426 .268 .365 122 -1.8 -0.2 -1.8 -0.2
2007 hon Wnt 16 0 16.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .182 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 hon Wnt 1 0 1.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 GRN A 15 0 28.0 1.56 168 .125 .255 .316 .381 .255 .224 106 11.7 1.2 11.7 1.2
2008 PME AA 31 0 49.7 3.86 119 .196 .260 .333 .400 .253 .252 103 11.0 1.1 11.0 1.1
2009 BOS MLB 49 0 49.3 3.01 144 .246 .267 .336 .436 .265 .303 111 15.2 1.5 15.2 1.5
2009 PAW AAA 11 0 16.0 2.12 152 .167 .254 .327 .371 .243 .190 102 5.4 0.5 5.4 0.5
2010 BOS MLB 73 0 74.7 3.32 134 .200 .259 .331 .414 .261 .215 112 14.2 1.5 14.2 1.5
2011 BOS MLB 70 0 73.0 3.49 128 .196 .257 .324 .411 .265 .224 108 13.4 1.4 13.4 1.4
2012 BOS MLB 17 10 59.3 6.93 54 .299 .253 .317 .407 .260 .285 107 -5.7 -0.6 -5.5 -0.6
2012 PAW AAA 31 1 32.0 6.78 41 .296 .246 .322 .370 .249 .322 96 -7.1 -0.7 -7.1 -0.7
2013 BOS MLB 2 0 1.0 10.69 -42 .313 .213 .293 .368 .245 .333 102 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2013 LOW A- 1 0 1.0 5.75 49 .386 .240 .310 .342 .250 .000 95 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0
2013 PME AA 13 0 12.7 8.70 15 .310 .255 .323 .396 .266 .300 102 -3.4 -0.4 -3.4 -0.4
2013 RSX Rk 2 0 1.7 11.17 -65 .384 .270 .333 .377 .261 .250 95 -1.0 -0.1 -1.0 -0.1
2014 HIC A 4 0 0.7 133.66 -2450 .510 .264 .353 .345 .283 .000 107 -7.7 -0.8 -7.7 -0.8

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2007 GRN A 3 5 0 17 17 61.7 55 56 38 3 45% .281 8.0 8.2 0.4 5.5 1.80 6.42 4.5 0.4
2007 hon Wnt 0 0 0 1 0 1.0 1 1 1 0 0% .333 9.0 9.0 0.0 9.0 2.00 0.00 0.0 0.0
2007 LNC A+ 0 2 0 5 5 13.3 21 22 9 2 52% .365 14.2 14.9 1.4 6.1 3.23 10.15 -1.8 -0.2
2008 GRN A 1 0 0 15 0 28.0 12 4 43 1 66% .224 3.9 1.3 0.3 13.8 0.57 0.64 11.7 1.2
2008 PME AA 4 1 7 31 0 49.7 30 26 64 3 60% .252 5.4 4.7 0.5 11.6 1.13 1.99 11.0 1.1
2009 PAW AAA 1 0 6 11 0 16.0 6 5 29 2 57% .190 3.4 2.8 1.1 16.3 0.69 1.12 5.4 0.5
2009 BOS MLB 2 2 1 49 0 49.3 41 22 63 5 48% .303 7.5 4.0 0.9 11.5 1.28 3.65 15.2 1.5
2010 BOS MLB 1 2 3 73 0 74.7 45 30 76 6 47% .215 5.4 3.6 0.7 9.2 1.00 1.93 14.2 1.5
2011 BOS MLB 2 9 1 70 0 73.0 46 24 74 5 54% .224 5.7 3.0 0.6 9.1 0.96 3.33 13.4 1.4
2012 BOS MLB 5 6 0 17 10 59.3 60 43 38 9 45% .285 9.1 6.5 1.4 5.8 1.74 6.22 -5.5 -0.6
2012 PAW AAA 3 2 0 31 1 32.0 31 29 32 2 57% .322 8.7 8.2 0.6 9.0 1.88 7.03 -7.1 -0.7
2013 BOS MLB 0 0 0 2 0 1.0 1 2 1 0 33% .333 9.0 18.0 0.0 9.0 3.00 9.00 -0.6 -0.1
2013 LOW A- 0 0 0 1 0 1.0 0 4 2 0 0% .000 0.0 36.0 0.0 18.0 4.00 0.00 -0.1 -0.0
2013 PME AA 0 1 0 13 0 12.7 13 17 6 1 51% .300 9.2 12.1 0.7 4.3 2.37 6.39 -3.4 -0.4
2013 RSX Rk 0 0 0 2 0 1.7 1 6 1 0 25% .250 5.4 32.4 0.0 5.4 4.20 10.80 -1.0 -0.1
2014 HIC A 0 0 0 4 0 0.7 0 9 1 0 100% .000 0.0 121.5 0.0 13.5 13.50 175.50 -7.7 -0.8

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2009 838 0.5274 0.4976 0.7314 0.6312 0.3485 0.8208 0.5507 0.2686
2010 1108 0.5298 0.4734 0.7882 0.6252 0.3013 0.8501 0.6433 0.2118
2011 1089 0.5390 0.4766 0.7630 0.6422 0.2829 0.8435 0.5493 0.2370
2012 1040 0.4971 0.3904 0.7882 0.5783 0.2046 0.8629 0.5794 0.2094
2013 27 0.2222 0.2222 0.6667 0.3333 0.1905 1.0000 0.5000 0.3333
Career41020.52140.45650.76910.61710.28080.84660.58230.2303

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-02 2014-06-04 Minors 63 0 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Thoracic Outlet Syndrome 2014-01-02
2014-01-02 2014-01-02 Minors 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Thoracic Outlet Syndrome 2014-01-02 -
2013-05-16 2013-08-26 Minors 102 0 - Abdomen Strain - -
2013-03-20 2013-03-24 Camp 4 0 Right Thumb Laceration - -
2008-08-27 2008-09-06 Minors 10 0 - Not Disclosed - -
2007-05-03 2007-06-04 Minors 32 0 Right Upper Arm Strain Triceps -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 TEX $
2013 BOS $
2012 BOS $1,612,500
2011 BOS $505,000
2010 BOS $415,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$2,533,000
3 yrTotal$2,533,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 103 dSFX1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Texas as a free agent 2/3/14 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$1.8625M (2013). Re-signed by Boston 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration). Claimed by Chicago Cubs off waivers 9/4/13 after being DFA by Boston 9/1/13. Non-tendered by Chicago Cubs 12/2/13.
  • 1 year/$1.6125M (2012). Re-signed by Boston 1/21/12 (avoided arbitration, $1.825M-$1.4M).
  • 1 year/$0.505M (2011). Re-signed by Boston 3/8/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4155M (2010). Re-signed by Boston 3/8/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased by Boston 5/10/09. Optioned to Triple-A 6/25/09.
  • Drafted by Boston 2006 (1-28). $1.55M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 2.9 1.5 0.5 41 2 50.2 34 22 51 4 .241 1.12 2.72 2.96 12.0 1.2
80o 2.5 1.3 0.4 36 2 44.5 33 21 45 4 .255 1.21 3.12 3.39 8.3 0.8
70o 2.3 1.2 0.4 33 2 40.5 32 20 41 4 .265 1.27 3.41 3.71 6.0 0.6
60o 2 1.1 0.3 31 2 37.3 30 19 38 4 .274 1.33 3.66 3.98 4.4 0.4
50o 1.9 1 0.3 28 1 34.3 29 18 35 3 .282 1.39 3.91 4.24 3.0 0.3
40o 1.7 0.9 0.2 26 1 31.3 28 17 32 3 .290 1.44 4.15 4.51 1.7 0.2
30o 1.5 0.8 0.2 23 1 28.3 26 16 29 3 .299 1.51 4.42 4.8 0.6 0.1
20o 1.3 0.7 0.2 20 1 24.8 24 15 25 3 .309 1.58 4.74 5.15 -0.4 -0.0
10o 1 0.6 0.1 16 1 20.1 21 13 20 2 .324 1.70 5.19 5.64 -1.4 -0.1
Weighted Mean1.810.328133.62818343.2801.373.874.213.00.3

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
37% 53% 23% 13% 84%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20153032054266613865949.2871.504.725.138.35.28.91.2-0.1
20163142165380694178949.2761.373.924.267.74.68.71.00.7
20173242163377714274949.2891.464.344.728.34.98.61.00.3
20183342161376683973949.2871.414.254.628.14.68.71.10.3
20193442159372663770949.2891.424.324.698.24.68.71.10.3
20203532154266613363849.2881.424.344.728.34.58.51.10.2
20213632152264603162849.2911.414.304.688.44.38.71.10.2
20223732050261582958849.2931.434.354.728.64.38.61.20.2
20233832049260572956749.2931.444.374.758.64.48.41.10.2

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
19.13.912.410.17.76.853.3

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 77)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 88 Jose Arredondo 2013 0.00 DNP
2 88 Brian Bruney 2011 6.86
3 87 David Aardsma 2011 0.00 DNP
4 86 Hong-Chih Kuo 2011 9.67
5 85 Sean Burnett 2012 2.54
6 84 Manny Delcarmen 2011 0.00 DNP
7 84 Luke Gregerson 2013 3.26
8 84 Bill Bray 2012 5.19
9 84 Jared Burton 2010 0.00
10 84 Matt Lindstrom 2009 6.65
11 82 Frank Francisco 2009 3.83
12 82 Brian Wilson 2011 3.27
13 81 Ramon Ramirez 2011 3.15
14 80 Duane Ward 1993 2.13
15 80 Darren O'Day 2012 2.28
16 80 Jeremy Accardo 2011 5.73
17 80 Felix Rodriguez 2002 4.30
18 80 Andrew Bailey 2013 3.77
19 80 Rob Murphy 1989 3.34
20 79 Craig Breslow 2010 3.13
21 79 Duaner Sanchez 2009 9.00
22 79 Manny Acosta 2010 2.95
23 79 Eddie Watt 1970 3.25
24 79 Esmerling Vasquez 2013 0.00 DNP
25 78 Robinson Tejeda 2011 6.14
26 78 Scott Williamson 2005 5.65
27 78 Danys Baez 2007 6.26
28 78 Jeremy Affeldt 2008 4.14
29 78 Dave Righetti 1988 3.62
30 78 Nick Masset 2011 3.84
31 77 Jesse Orosco 1986 2.67
32 77 Juan Rincon 2008 6.34
33 77 Norm Charlton 1992 4.32
34 77 Michael Gonzalez 2007 1.59
35 77 Mariano Rivera 1999 1.96
36 77 Jeff Bennett 2009 5.21
37 77 Tug McGraw 1974 4.47
38 77 Sean Marshall 2012 2.66
39 76 Brandon League 2012 3.38
40 76 Mitch Stetter 2010 14.73
41 76 Chris Ray 2011 4.96
42 76 Ray Narleski 1958 4.27
43 76 Lee Smith 1987 3.23
44 76 Al Holland 1982 3.82
45 76 Aaron Heilman 2008 5.68
46 76 Evan Meek 2012 6.75
47 76 Francisco Rodriguez 2011 2.76
48 76 Denny Bautista 2012 0.00 DNP
49 76 Seth McClung 2010 0.00 DNP
50 76 Kyle McClellan 2013 7.71
51 75 Bobby Jenks 2010 4.78
52 75 Bob Lee 1967 5.34
53 75 Sergio Romo 2012 1.79
54 75 Mike Henneman 1991 3.09
55 75 Santiago Casilla 2010 2.28
56 75 Taylor Buchholz 2011 3.46
57 75 Jesse Crain 2011 2.89
58 75 Francisco Cordero 2004 2.39
59 75 Neal Cotts 2009 7.36
60 75 Frank Williams 1987 3.15
61 75 Joe Black 1953 5.70
62 75 Mel Rojas 1996 3.33
63 74 Scot Shields 2005 3.24
64 74 Juan Cruz 2008 2.96
65 74 Jim Johnson 2012 2.75
66 74 Peter Moylan 2008 1.59
67 74 Greg McMichael 1996 3.84
68 74 Jose Veras 2010 3.75
69 74 Rich Gossage 1981 1.16
70 74 Matt Albers 2012 3.13
71 74 Jonathan Papelbon 2010 4.57
72 74 Doug Corbett 1982 5.24
73 74 Jesse Carlson 2010 4.61
74 74 Joe Smith 2013 2.43
75 74 Justin Duchscherer 2007 4.96
76 74 J.P. Howell 2012 3.04
77 73 John Axford 2012 5.45
78 73 Rafael Soriano 2009 2.97
79 73 Phil Coke 2012 4.67
80 73 Tim Burke 1988 4.06
81 73 John Franco 1990 2.93
82 73 Charlie Hough 1977 3.75
83 73 Darold Knowles 1971 3.71
84 73 Huston Street 2013 2.70
85 73 Alexi Ogando 2013 3.28
86 73 Tony Pena 2011 6.64
87 73 Blaine Boyer 2011 10.80
88 73 Randy Myers 1992 4.29
89 73 Juan Oviedo 2011 4.20
90 72 Fred Gladding 1965 2.83
91 72 Scott Garrelts 1991 6.41
92 72 Brandon Medders 2009 3.41
93 72 Sparky Lyle 1974 2.53
94 72 Gary Majewski 2009 0.00 DNP
95 72 Bob Veale 1965 3.24
96 72 Phil Niekro 1968 3.12
97 72 Bill Campbell 1978 4.44
98 72 Ryan Speier 2009 4.76
99 72 Jay Powell 2001 4.32
100 72 C.J. Wilson 2010 3.66

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .233 .348 .368 .259
11 vs R (Multi) .223 .335 .374 .261
18 Split (Multi) .010 .012 -.006 -.002
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .500 .750 .500 .441
31 vs R (2013) .000 .000 .000 .011
38 Split (2013) .500 .750 .500 .430
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 What can one say about Bard that hasnít already been said about a five-car pile-up on the interstate? The beginning of the end was September 2011, when, like the rest of the team, Bard completely fell apart. Moving to the starting rotation last spring didnít help matters as first Bardís control abandoned him, then his velocity did: His average fastball was down 4.5 mph. The end result was a Rick Ankiel-like mess. Three months in Triple-A didnít fix anything, nor did returning to the bullpen, nor did being called back to Boston in late August. Maybe Bard isn't hiding an injury, so maybe if he fixes his mechanics, maybe his velocity and command return, but those are a lot of maybes.
2012 Before Bard's rough September, in which he allowed 13 runs over 11 innings thanks to iffy mechanics that affected his fastball command, he went 25 appearances and 26 1/3 innings without allowing a run, posting a 25/6 K/BB. The former stretch seems to be the only one anyone remembers, especially while discussing Bard as a Jonathan Papelbon replacement. Gauging relievers based on a season's worth of work is difficultĖif it weren't, building a good bullpen wouldn't be such an issue for most teamsĖso predicting Bard's success or failure as a closer on a few bad frames isn't wise. There is much more of that dominant mid-season streak on his resume than horrific struggles, and so long as his mechanics are in check, the great Bard is what we will be seeing more of. That's just one more reason the Red Sox plan to try Bard out as a starter this spring, rather than investing in the lightweight free agent market.
2011 Bard was on Boston's short list of untouchables, and he showed why in his first full major-league campaign until the lack of a dependable third option in the pen wore him down by the final two months. His combined K/PA in August and September dropped four percentage points while his BB/PA climbed by an equal margin, and he stopped inducing as many misses with his four-seamer and normally devastating slider. Fatigue hurt Bard's peripherals, but a deeper and more effective bullpen should keep him rested and have him pitching in top form once again.
2010 Bard famously can hit 100 miles per hour with his fastball, but the pitch is fairly straight; the key to his success is actually his slider, which at its best is a dominating out pitch, generating both ground balls and swinging strikes. We say "at its best" because Bard spent most of 2009 tinkering with how and when he threw the pitch. Early in the season, he threw a slower, curve-like slider. Later on, he switched to a harder, cutter-like slider, and he seemed to ease off that pitch after a rough August (7.36 ERA, 1.81 WHIP, four of his five homers allowed in the majors). The twist is he also struck out 14.7 men per nine innings in August, evidence that he might have been on to something with the revamped slider after all. Bard will also mix in a sinker and a changeup, but itís the slider which will determine whether or not he emerges as Papelbonís successor over the next two years.
2009 After struggling as a starter, the 2006 first-rounder's move to the pen generated spectacular results: 107 strikeouts in 77 2/3 innings of work, though his old struggles with control resumed at Double-A. Short of secondary stuff in the past, his slider finally showed promise while part of his relief arsenal. He could be shoring up the big-league club's shaky pen with his 96-plus fastball by midseason, if not sooner.
2008 The team's second first-round pick in 2006, Bard never found the strike zone in 2007. He washed out of the California League in a month and wasn't any better in the Sally after his demotion. He's suspect until further notice.
2007 Overshadowed by teammate Andrew Miller at North Carolina, Daniel Bard plummeted on draft day due to signability concerns, but looked like a steal at the 28th pick. Though he can bring it in the high-90s, a tendency to drop his arm angle costs him velocity and tilt on his slider. He could stand to miss more bats.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-03-08 15:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Daniel Bard's transition to the rotation?
(Curtis Hall from Boston)
It's somewhat awkward to have the building I'm currently sitting in asking me a question, but I suppose that means I'd better answer it.

I'm a bit skeptical considering that it's been years since Bard was successful as a starter. Ultimately, I think it'll come down to fastball command more than the offspeed pitches he can put out there. If Bard can hit his spots sitting 92-94, he should be a passable mid-rotation guy, especially given the Red Sox defense. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Daniel Bard, Neftali Feliz, and Chris Sale are all moving from the 'pen to the rotation this season. Optimistic on the triumvirate, or should I have concerns (own them all in a keeper)?
(Mitch from cubicle 3s)
I'm actually fairly high on all three, especially if you have them cheap in a keeper league. They all have excellent numbers in relief (excepting Feliz's 2011) and could easily withstand the traditional 17% drop (as per Tom Tango's rule of thumb) of moving to the rotation. I also think each is well-equipped enough to make such a transition, each with at least three pitches to show batters. None should be counted on for high inning totals, but in terms of performance, I think they'll do about as well as you'd expect. (Derek Carty)
2012-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is your opinion of Daniel Bard moving to the Boston rotation? What should we look for from him?
(Tony from Virginia)
I like him. He has good stuff and three quality pitches, which isn't necessarily required but is a plus. They probably won't give him a full workload in 2012, but I think he'll be pretty good in terms of rates. 3.75 ERA, K/9 a bit under 8? (Derek Carty)
2011-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think is the next guy to nab a closer job? I'm talking about unheralded guys like John Axford last year as opposed to the sexy setup guys from the preseason like Daniel Bard and Jake McGee.
(Aaron from YYZ)
I'll say Kevin Jepsen of the Angels. (John Perrotto)
2011-04-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Steven. After the Red Sox cut Daniel Bard, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Carl Crawford, and fire Terry Francona they can still win 140 games and win the World Series, right?
(mattymatty2000 from Portland, OR)
The panic in Boston is as exaggerated as this question, and I'm sure that if an angel sent Lot into the city to find 20 good men who weren't panicked by an early sweep, he would easily fulfill his quota and spare Beantown a hail of brimstone. The Red Sox are still the class of the league. Some champions go wire-to-wire, some don't. That's all it is. (Steven Goldman)
2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is there a reasonable possibility that Andrew Miller and Daniel Bard could become the Red Sox version of the memorable Cincinnati "Nasty Boys".
(dawson950 from cape cod)
I love Bard, but no. Dibble was one hell of a pitcher until his arm fell off, and Charlton/Myers were pretty great in their Cincy years as well. (Marc Normandin)
2010-04-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Loved your Red Sox interview book. Ever look back at some of the minor league guys from that book who never made it to MLB and think "man, I wish [player X] had gotten further"?
(parkerd from SC)
Thanks, and yes, several of them. Conversley, Craig Breslow has clearly outperformed expectations, while Daniel Bard looked like a washout when the book came out. Aaron Bates made it to the show, which surprised many people. (David Laurila)
2010-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Watching Daniel Bard this past week, I saw not only a consistent 97-99 fastball, but a knee-buckling curve and an 89mph change, which he threw for strikes. Can you tell us how much better he is now, then when he was a prospect? And this may be a dumb question, but I'll ask it anyway... If I described the arsenal above, without naming the pitcher, one could think I was referring to Strasburg. What makes Strasburg the best pitching prospect in decades, while Bard is someone whose ceiling is at best a closer? Where do they differ? Command? Control?
(tommybones from brooklyn)
We've already seen Bard struggle with his command at times, he certainly did in game one with the Yankees. His stuff is just outstanding, absolutely closer worthy, but he's a reliever, because of the delivery, and because of the command issues, and you like the breaking ball more than I do. The first guy I thought of with your nameless pitcher was actually Verlander. Strasburg has twice the command and control of Bard and is a starter. Huge difference, and I like Bard a ton. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-05-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)Could you see the Red Sox transition Papelbon to a starter eventually with Daniel Bard's emergence?
(Rob from Dallas)
No. No way. No how. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-02-16 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on the Yankees' relief phenom, Mark Melancon? Obviously having the ceiling of a relief pitcher hurts him, but what makes, say, the Red Sox's Daniel Bard that much better of a prospect?
(Jason O. from Middletown)
The fact the Bard sits at 98 and touches 100. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)Christina, Love the chat(s) and work. Daniel Bard - possibility for the pen next year? Delcarmen does nothing to impress me...can he set up Papelbon with the occasional save as soon as next year? Thanks.
(niketour2 from Raleigh, NC)
Thank you, niketour... maybe, as far as Bard, but I wouldn't sell Delcarmen short. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-07-29 16:00:00 (link to chat)Rangers/Sox swap Laird for Daniel Bard.
(James from Stamford, Texas)
Umm ... wow, that ones for KG. I don't know enough about Bard. (Will Carroll)
2008-06-02 12:00:00 (link to chat)What is the deal with Daniel Bard? Is he for real and when we will see him pitching at Fenway?
(wwfwwf from New York)
Right-handers that don't throw strikes don't inspire much confidence. I'll say, no, we won't see him at Fenway. (John Perrotto)
2008-05-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Given the Red Sox's current luck with it's young starters -- and it's less than stellar bullpen this year -- what are the odds that either Daniel Bard or Bryce Cox will be called up later in the year?
(Dan from Newton, MA)
I think with a guy like Bard, who you are finally getting some success with after a year of the yips -- suddenly calling him up to the big leagues would prety much be the WORST idea ever. Cox is also finding success, but only at Low-A. You won't see either. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-05-05 12:30:00 (link to chat)Bryan, is Daniel Bard's future in the bullpen? Would really like to see the Sox try one more time to try him as a starter.
(Tim from DC)
Well, there seems to be some fragility with Bard -- as good as he's been this season, let's remember how off track he got last season. I think the key for this season is to let him get comfortable in his own boots, to let him build back some confidence. Also, I'm not sure I'd try him as a starter. This team is loaded with starting pitchers, and I think Bard at 99 mph out of the bullpen is a pretty good asset. (Bryan Smith)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-06-10 08:45:002009 Draft Coverage, Day TwoI can't imagine Kendal Volz -- the fantastic closer on last summer's historic USA Baseball National team -- doesn't go back to Baylor for his senior season, but it's a nice move by the Red Sox to see if they can't talk him out of it. Volz was a mess this spring, with velocity down 3-5 mph, and the slider straightened out. Like Daniel Bard, the best thing for him might just be to throw him in the bullpen and let him throw his heart out. (Bryan Smith)
 

PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Daniel Bard threw 4,043 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2013, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2013, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Sinker (96mph), also mixing in a Slider (83mph).