Eduard Bazardo Worcester Red Sox Pitcher

       
 
Age: 26
Born: September 1, 1995
Birthplace: Maracay, Venezuela
Height: 6-0
Weight: 155
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: International free agent (July 2014)
ETA: Late 2021

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Pronunciation: Edward buh-ZAHR-doh
First Pro Contract: July 2, 2014 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Alex Requena & Eddie Romero
Signing Bonus: $8,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
MLFA Eligible: N/A
   
Pro Debut: June 3, 2015 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: November 20, 2020
MLB Debut: April 14, 2021 (BOS)
Service Time (1/21): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2021): ~League Minimum
   
Twitter: @EduardBazardo1
Instagram: @09bazardo

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Small, undersized frame. Minimal projection even though he is on the thin side. Could stand to add upper body strength.

Mechanics: Throws from a high three-quarters arm slot. Starts on the third base side of the rubber with hands at his waist. Jerky, effortful delivery. High leg kick and slight trunk twist. Slight stab behind before whipping his arm forward. Loose, quick arm. Head whack. Some deception as he keeps his arm hidden behind his body. Average extension. Repeats delivery.

Fastball: 93-96 mph. Tops out at 98 mph. Pitch shows sink and cut on occasion when he drops his arm slot. Does a good job keeping the ball down and generates a lot of weak contact. Above-average control but below-average command at present. Has shown the ability at times to command the pitch arm-side, but glove-side command is more inconsistent. Velocity jumped from 91-93 mph to 94-97 mph at the 2020 Fall Instructional League. Velocity tended to fall off in later innings as a starter, but is not an issue out of the bullpen. Potential plus-to-better pitch.

Breaking Ball: 83-85 mph. Whether it is a slider or curveball depends on who you talk to. Advanced feel. 11-to-5 break. Elite spin rate, among highest in the system. Pitch has tight rotation and depth when he snaps it off. Has feel and confidence in the offering; willing to throw in any count to hitters from both sides of the plate. MLB-quality out pitch. Velocity ticked up at Fall Instructional League to 83-87 mph; used to sit 79-83 mph. At the ATS in 2021, velocity was back down at 79-83 mph, but had ticked back up into 82-84 mph range when he made his major league debut. Potential plus-to-better pitch.
  Split-Finger Fastball: 88-92 mph. On the firm side and lacks separation from fastball. Will show drop on occasion. Clear third pitch that is still in development. Replaced changeup in repertoire. Potential fringe-average pitch.

Career Notes: Older international signee at 18 years old, then spent three years in the complex leagues before breaking out as a starter in 2018 in Lowell. Was a candidate to be added to the 40-man roster after the 2019 season, but was not added and was not selected in the Rule 5 Draft. Participated in 2018 and 2020 Fall Instructional League. Had a breakout showing at 2020 Fall Instructional League that led to his addition to the 40-man roster. Began 2021 season at the Alternate Training Site. Made MLB debut in April 2021. Suffered a lat strain in May 2021 and missed considerable time.

Summation: Projects as a middle reliever with the ceiling of a late-inning bullpen arm. Drastically improved velocity at 2020 Fall Instructional League changed his projection, forcing the Red Sox to add him to the 40-man roster and putting him on the team’s bullpen depth chart. Potential for plus-to-better fastball and breaking ball with jerky, deceptive delivery could play in high-leverage innings. Needs to improve fastball command and improve consistency with his breaking ball in order to reach his ceiling.

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    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
2015 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 19 3 6 0.333 4.37 14 14 0 57.2 60 32 28 2 16 55 1.32 3.44 8.58
  2016 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 20 6 2 0.750 0.79 17 1 4 45.1 23 7 4 0 18 48 0.90 2.67 9.53
  2017 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 21 1 0 1.000 1.00 4 0 0 18.0 9 2 2 0 1 24 0.56 24.00 12.00
  2017 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 21 2 3 0.333 3.08 13 2 2 38.0 31 17 13 0 16 43 1.24 2.69 10.18
  2018 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 22 5 3 0.625 2.36 9 9 0 49.2 36 16 13 6 6 56 0.85 9.33 10.14
  2018 Greenville SAL A Bos 22 1 2 0.333 3.21 5 5 0 28.0 28 10 10 2 2 28 1.07 14.00 9.00
  2019 Salem Car A+ Bos 23 1 1 0.500 1.76 17 0 4 41.0 29 10 8 1 9 53 0.93 5.89 11.63
  2019 Portland East AA Bos 23 4 1 0.800 2.78 21 0 0 32.1 27 12 10 2 13 35 1.24 2.69 9.74
  2020 MiLB Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 24 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
   
     
    2021 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
2021 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 25     stats                            
2021 Worcester TAE AAA Bos 25     stats                            
  2021 Boston AL MLB Bos 25     stats                            
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  NY-Penn League Pitcher of the Week (July 16-22, 2018)
2019 Carolina League All-Star
  2019 SoxProspects.com All-Star
2020 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
2021 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
 
   

   
     
     
     
 
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