Antonio Bastardo
Bastardo with the Pirates in 2017
Born: (1985-09-21) September 21, 1985 (age 35)
Hato Mayor del Rey, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
June 2, 2009, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
July 7, 2017, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
Win–loss record27–20
Earned run average4.01

Antonio Francisco Bastardo Rafael (born September 21, 1985) is a Dominican professional baseball relief pitcher who is currently a free agent. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, and New York Mets.

Professional career

Philadelphia Phillies


Bastardo was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2007 and assigned to the Lakewood BlueClaws of the "Low A" South Atlantic League. In Lakewood, Bastardo went 9–0, with a 1.87 earned run average in 15 games, all of which he started. He had 98 strikeouts and 42 walks in 91.2 innings of work.

At the end of the 2007 season, Bastardo was promoted to the Clearwater Threshers of the "High A" Florida State League. For the Threshers in 2007, Bastardo appeared in one game, in which he gave up four earned runs but struck out twelve in five innings.[1][2]


Bastardo began the 2008 season in Clearwater, where he went 2–0 with a 1.17 earned run average and struck out 47 batters in his 30.2 innings of work. He was then called up to the Reading Phillies of the Double-A Eastern League.

In Reading, Bastardo went 2–5 with a 3.76 earned run average in 14 starts. He pitched 67 innings, striking out 62, walking 37, and allowing 56 hits.


Before the 2009 season, Bastardo was converted from a starting pitcher to a relief pitcher, but was converted right back to a starter after only a handful of outings.[3] Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said that Bastardo had a chance to be in the major leagues at some point in 2009.[4] He was also invited to the Phillies' training camp as a non-roster invitee but was sent to minor league camp on March 16, 2009.[5]

After he was sent down, Bastardo joined the Lehigh Valley IronPigs for the rest of spring training[6] before being sent down to the Reading Phillies.[7]

Baseball America ranked him as the 11th-best prospect in the Phillies organization in 2009.[8]

After posting a 2–2 record, 1.82 ERA in nine games, Bastardo was called up to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. On May 30, 2009, the Phillies announced that Bastardo would make his major league debut in a start at San Diego on Tuesday, June 2.[9][10]


After Brett Myers tore his labrum and placed on the 15-day disabled list, the Philadelphia Phillies called up Bastardo on June 2, 2009.[11][12] He won in his first start against the Padres, allowing only one earned run during his six innings pitched.[13][14] After his Phillies' debut, Bastardo recorded a 2–3 record with a 6.75 ERA and 19 strikeouts. On June 25, during a start against the Tampa Bay Rays he suffered a shoulder injury[15] that forced him to go on the disabled list.[16][17][18] He returned to the Phillies roster for the postseason, where he made a relief appearance in the second game of the National League Division Series against the Colorado Rockies, striking out Jason Giambi with two outs and the bases loaded.[19]


For the 2010 season, Bastardo was converted into a full-time relief pitcher. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 17, 2010.[20] For the season, he recorded two wins and no losses, and an ERA of 4.34.


Bastardo pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2011
Bastardo pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2011

On April 24, Bastardo earned his first save in the major leagues when he relieved Roy Halladay after 8+23 innings, inducing one San Diego Padres batter to pop out and completing the game.

Bastardo was chosen as interim closer for the Phillies when Ryan Madson went on the disabled list.

Bastardo once pitched a 17-inning scoreless streak, lowering his ERA to 0.78 in the process. He would finish the season with a 6-1 record and a 2.64 ERA.

On November 14, 2011, it was announced that Bastardo had agreed to let Jonathan Papelbon wear Bastardo's former number 58.[21] Bastardo would end up wearing number 37.


In 2012, Bastardo posted a win-loss record of 2-5 and an ERA of 4.33. Following the season, Bastardo changed his number again, this time to 59, so relief pitcher Mike Adams could wear his number 37.


On August 5, 2013, Bastardo was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball as part of the Biogenesis baseball scandal. At the time of his suspension, which kept him out for the remainder of the season, he was 3–2 with an ERA of 2.32.[22]


Coming off part of a season during which he was one of the Phillies most "reliable" relief pitchers, Bastardo sought to stabilize the bullpen in 2014 for the Phillies.[23] He recorded an ERA of 3.94 in 67 games.

Pittsburgh Pirates

On December 10, 2014, the Phillies traded Bastardo to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Joely Rodríguez.[24] Bastardo appeared in 66 games for the Pirates in 2015, recording a win-loss record of 4–1, one save, and an ERA of 2.91.

New York Mets

Bastardo pitching for the New York Mets in 2016
Bastardo pitching for the New York Mets in 2016

On January 22, 2016, Bastardo signed a 2-year, $12 million contract with the New York Mets.[25] In 41 games with the Mets, Bastardo recorded an ERA of 4.74. He shared the major league lead in balks, with four.[26]

Return to Pittsburgh

On August 1, 2016, the Mets traded Bastardo back to the Pirates for Jon Niese.[27] He made his Pirates return debut on August 2. Bastardo spent 2 months on the disabled list in 2017 with a quad strain. He was ineffective in his 9 appearances for the Pirates, sporting an ERA of 15.00. He was designated for assignment on July 8, 2017,[28] and released on July 13.

Arizona Diamondbacks

On January 23, 2018, the Diamondbacks signed Bastardo to a minor league deal. He was released on March 20.[29]

On July 21, 2018, Bastardo was suspended 140 games for testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug stanozolol.

See also


  1. ^ "Baseball Cube bio". Archived from the original on 2009-06-05. Retrieved 2009-04-21.
  2. ^ "Baseball America Stats from 2007". Retrieved 2009-04-22.
  3. ^ Drago, Mike (April 7, 2009). "Escalona, Bastardo figure to be key cogs in R-Phils bullpen". The Reading Eagle. Retrieved 2009-04-18.
  4. ^ Malcolm, Tim (March 25, 2009). "Prospects Who Could See Major-League Action In 2009". Archived from the original on 29 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-18.
  5. ^ Malcolm, Tim (March 16, 2009). "Bastardo, Carpenter Among First Cuts". Retrieved 2009-04-18.
  6. ^ "Kendrick, Triple-A Squad Drops Another to Yanks". Oursportscentral. March 26, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-18.
  7. ^ Drago, Mike (April 9, 2009). "Young arms make Double-A leap". The Reading Eagle. Retrieved 2009-04-18.
  8. ^ "Phillies Lefties". April 18, 2009. Archived from the original on 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2009-04-18.
  9. ^ "Game Notes". May 30, 2009. Archived from the original on 1 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-31.
  10. ^ Jasner, Andy (May 31, 2009). "Phils eager to witness Bastardo's debut". Retrieved 2009-06-02.
  11. ^ Burgin, Sandy (June 2, 2009). "Bastardo set to debut against Peavy". Retrieved 2009-06-02.
  12. ^ Gurian-Peck, David (May 30, 2009). "Bastardo to fill Myers' spot, make debut". Retrieved 2009-06-02.
  13. ^ AP. "Phillies vs. Padres". Fox Sports. Archived from the original on 2009-06-06.
  14. ^ Conlin, Bill (June 4, 2009). "Bastardo performs laser surgery in Phillies debut". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved 2009-06-04.[dead link]
  15. ^ Singh, David (June 28, 2009). "Left shoulder strain sidelines Bastardo". Retrieved 2009-06-30.
  16. ^ "Phillies' Bastardo lands on DL with shoulder strain". The Miami Herald. June 30, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-30.[dead link]
  17. ^ Stamm, Dan (June 30, 2009). "Bastardo Latest Phillie to Visit the DL". NBC Philadelphia. Retrieved 2009-06-30.
  18. ^ "Phils' Bastardo lands on disabled list". USA Today. June 30, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-30.
  19. ^ Hayes, Marcus (October 10, 2009). "Bastardo shows his reliability". Archived from the original on October 17, 2009. Archived Link November 17, 2009
  20. ^ "Bastardo on the DL; Mathieson recalled from Lehigh Valley". June 17, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-17.
  21. ^ article on signing of Papelbon Retrieved 2011-11-14
  22. ^ Lawrence, Ryan (August 5, 2013). "Bastardo accepts 50-game suspension for Biogenesis scandal". High Cheese - Philadelphia Daily News. Philadelphia Media Network. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  23. ^ Polinsky, Jay (March 19, 2014). "2014 Phillies Player Preview: Antonio Bastardo". The Good Phight - Vox Media. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  24. ^ "Pirates acquire lefty reliever Antonio Bastardo from Phillies". Pittsburgh Pirates. Archived from the original on 2014-12-15.
  25. ^ "Mets sign Antonio Bastardo". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  26. ^ Major League Leaderboards » 2016 » Pitchers » Standard Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball
  27. ^ Pirates send Niese to Mets, add Nova from Yanks
  28. ^ Pirates Designate Antonio Bastardo For Assignment - MLB Trade Rumors
  29. ^ "Antonio Bastardo: Cut loose by Arizona". March 20, 2018. Retrieved March 20, 2018.