#40 Daniel Bard Pitcher

     
 

Born: June 25, 1985
Houston, TX
Height: 6-4
Weight: 200
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 1st round, 2006; 20th round, 2003 by NYY
How Acquired: Draft
College: North Carolina
High School: Charlotte Christian (NC)

Photo © Kelly O'Connor

Links
Q&A with Daniel Bard
2009 Prospect Preview
The Ladder 5.7.09

Claimed off waivers by Chicago (NL) (Sept. 2013)

Scouting Report
: Live arm with a smooth delivery. His fastball looks effortless and sits around 96 mph with decent command and average movement. He can consistently hit 97-99 mph on the radar gun and can reportedly get up to 101 mph when he reaches back. Bard also mixes in an 80-82 mph slider with some nice bite. His slider really keeps hitters off balance. It can also dip down to about 76-78 mph with more slurve action. He also has a few other pitches in his arsenal that aren't used very often, including a high-80s cutter, a low-90s two-seamer, and a circle change. If a batter is able to catch up to Bard's fastball, the ball can sail off the bat due to velocity. He struggled through major control issues throughout the entire 2007 season, particularly with his slurve (a pre-cursor to his slider). Has a strong frame and a mature demeanor, but has a history of confidence issues. Bard took well to a bullpen role in the Hawaii League in the 2007-08 offseason and dominated as a full-time reliever in 2008. He changed his delivery by lowering his arm slot prior to the 2008 season, adding a little bit of life to his fastball. In the 2008-09 offseason, Bard again altered his delivery slightly, starting his hands by his chest rather than his waist and eliminating some unnecessary body movement. That led to outstanding results in 2009. Struggled mightily with control issues in 2012 and 2013.

 
   
    Career Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs cg sh sv ip h r er hr bb so k/bb
  2004 North Carolina NCAA Coll - 18 8 4 0.667 3.88 16 15 1 1 0 95.0 94 49 41 31 68 2.19
  2005 North Carolina NCAA Coll - 19 7 5 0.583 4.22 16 16 1 1 0 89.2 73 53 42   7 43 77 1.79
  2006 North Carolina NCAA Coll - 20 9 4 0.692 3.64 18 17 2 1 0 101.1 92 52 41 4 37 94 2.54
  2007 Greenville SAL A Bos 21 3 5 0.375 6.42 17 17 0 0 0 61.2 55 49 44 3 56 38 0.68
  2007 Lancaster Cal A Bos 21 0 2 0.000 10.13 5 5 0 0 0 13.1 21 23 15 2 22 9 0.41
2007 Honolulu HWB Fall Bos 21 0 0 0.000 1.08 16 0 0 0 0 16.2 8 4 2 0 15 15 1.00
2008 Greenville SAL A Bos 22 1 0 1.000 0.64 15 0 0 0 0 28.0 12 2 2 1 4 43 10.75
2008 Portland EL AA Bos 22 4 1 0.800 1.99 31 0 0 0 7 49.2 30 14 11 3 26 64 2.46
2009 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 23 1 0 1.000 1.13 11 0 0 0 6 16.0 6 2 2 2 5 29 5.80
2009 Boston AL MLB Bos 23 2 2 0.500 3.65 49 0 0 0 1 49.1 41 24 20 5 22 63 2.86
2010 Boston AL MLB Bos 24 1 2 0.333 1.93 73 0 0 0 3 74.2 45 18 16 6 30 76 2.53
2011 Boston AL MLB Bos 25 2 9 0.182 3.33 70 0 0 0 1 73.0 46 29 27 5 24 74 3.08
  2012 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 26 3 2 0.600 7.03 31 1 0 0 0 32.0 31 29 25 2 29 32 1.10
  2012 Boston AL MLB Bos 26 5 6 0.455 6.22 17 10 0 0 0 59.1 60 42 41 9 43 38 0.88
  2013 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 27 0 0 --- 10.80 2 0 0 0 0 1.2 1 2 2 0 6 1 0.17
  2013 Lowell NYPL A Bos 27 0 0 --- 0.00 1 0 0 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0.50
  2013 Portland East AA Bos 27 0 1 0.000 6.39 13 0 0 0 0 12.2 13 11 9 1 17 6 0.35
  2013 Boston AL MLB Bos 27 0 0 --- 9.00 2 0 0 0 0 1.0 1 1 1 0 2 1 0.50
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract:
August 23, 2006 by Jeff Zona
Signing Bonus: $1,550,000
MiLB Debut: April 6, 2007 (Lancaster)
Added to 40-man: May 10, 2009
MLB Debut:
May 13, 2009
     
  Awards
2008 Red Sox ML Pitcher of the Year
SoxProspects.com Awards
2008 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star - RP
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (April 3-6, 2008)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (April 21-27, 2008)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Month (April 2008)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (May 12-18, 2008)
2008 SoxProspects.com All-Star - RP
2008 SoxProspects.com Comeback Player
of the Year
2009 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star - RP
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (April 9-19, 2009)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Month (April 2009)
2009 SoxProspects.com All-Star - RP

 

 
  

 
 

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