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  1. If Bazardo keeps pitching like he has in Round Rock, I think he will get another chance in the majors with the Astros at some point this year. With Hampton and Paulino returning from the DL to the rotation, and Ortiz, Wandy, and Oswalt pitching well, there isn’t an immediate rotation spot open. When a spot start opens up, Bazardo could get the call. But he has to compete with Bud Norris for that opportunity. Norris throws hard, appears to be a more traditional prospect, and is tied for the PCL ERA lead (the last time I looked). But it would be interesting to see if Bazardo’s AAA success, which has been spectacular this year, translates to the majors.

    I would like to see him pitch in the majors, but I have some skepticism. Bazardo doesn’t get a lot of Ks. His groundball rate is good, but I wonder if he benefits from a very good defensive shortstop at Round Rock. Manzella the Round Rock shortstop is the best defensive infielder in the Astros system. Would Bazardo have the same success with Tejada at shortstop, considering that Tejada’s defense has not been good this year?

    Comment by CJ — June 26, 2009 @ 11:36 pm

  2. He’s out of options, which is why he was off of the Tigers’ 40 man after he couldn’t get anybody out last year. His FB velocity had dipped into the 80’s at Toledo last year and he was getting hit all over the park. There was no reason to try to keep him from going to minor league free agency at the end of last season.

    Comment by Eddie — June 27, 2009 @ 6:22 am

  3. I remember watching him in the few games he pitched for Detroit last year. His stuff as about as average as you could imagine. I don’t think he’s any better than a typical 4-A organizational filler.

    Comment by Nick — June 27, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

  4. Adding to the earlier response… he has always been a guy whose change was his best off pitch. The 3-4 mph drop in his velocity really neutralized that pitch.

    Comment by Eddie — June 27, 2009 @ 5:45 pm

  5. Yorman Bazardo is Venezuelan, and from all Latin American countries actually producing amateur players for MLB, Venezuela is maybe the only with reliable birth data. Unlike some Cuban (both Hernandez, Y. Escobar) and Dominican players (What’s that guy’s name? Bowden?), no Venezuelan player has ever been linked to this kind of fraud. Bazardo’s struggles surely have other sources.

    Comment by Nelson — June 28, 2009 @ 10:55 am

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