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6/25/1985 (31 y, 8 m, 25 d)
2006 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 28, Overall: 28, Team: Boston Red Sox
$1.9M / 1 Years (2013)
Bard signed a minor-league contract with the Cardinals last week, Baseball America reports. (6/6/2016)
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Year in Review:
Bard broke on to the scene in a big way in 2009, pitching 49 innings out of the Red Sox bullpen. His ERA was a solid 3.65, but he generated tons of hype with a fastball that averaged 97 mph, a devastating slider, and his 11.5 K/9 rate. Unfortunately, those came with a 4.00 BB/9 rate, which limited his effectiveness. Another issue is that he had a fairly extreme platoon split, with a .545 OPS versus righties and an .866 against lefties, which is a common issue for fastball/slider pitchers. Still, it was a very good first exposure to the Majors for Bard, and by the end of the year the Sox were regularly using him in a set-up role in the eighth.
The Year Ahead:
Bard’s value comes from being, seemingly, second in line for saves for the Red Sox. In deeper leagues, or those with large benches, these players can be taken late in the draft. On top of that, Bard should provide a nice number of strikeouts, possibly 75 in 60 innings. He should also provide a solid ERA in the mid-3.00s – better if he can get his walks under control. The walks do give him a fairly high (for a good reliever) WHIP, in the 1.25 range. As a set-up man, he should pick up a handful of wins. On the off chance that the Sox trade Papelbon, Bard’s value skyrockets. (Dave Allen)
Middle relievers are usually a last resort option, but in terms of last resorts Daniel Bard ranks among the best. With an upper-90s fastball and a knee-buckling breaking ball, Bard can make fools of hitters as he sets them up for closer Jonathan Papelbon. Unfortunately, he does not rack up the saves, and therefore won't be of elite value. In 2010 he had an incredible 1.93 ERA and 1.00 WHIP, along with the 12th-most strikeouts for a non-closer relief pitcher, so he's not completely devoid of value. In a keeper league he might make sense, since he could take over for Papelbon in 2012. But barring injury or an unlikely trade, Bard will once again be in a setup role for 2011, thus hindering his value. He'll likely go far higher in 2012 drafts. (Joe Pawlikowski)
The Quick Opinion:
Bard has the makings of an elite reliever, but he's not quite an elite fantasy player yet because of his role. Until the Red Sox part ways with Jonathan Papelbon, which will most likely come after 2011, Bard will be a reliever who racks up strikeouts.
After two-and-a-half years as a hyper-effective setup man, the Red Sox are bringing Bard to camp as a starting pitcher next season. They aren't guaranteeing him a rotation spot in 2012, but they'll see what he can do multiple times through the order in Spring Training before making a decision. He could be back in the bullpen my mid-March. We know what Bard can do as a reliever, and that's provide a ton of strikeouts with a low-ERA and a microscopic WHIP, plus this year he has a very real chance to close. He hasn't been a successful starter since college though, and it's close to impossible to know how effective he'll be when he presumably loses a little off his fastball as a starter (meaning 94-96 MPH rather than 98-100) and batters see him multiple times. History is not on his side as a starter, so the safe play is to grab him with the expectation of relief work and save potential. As a starter ... your guess is as good as mine. (Mike Axisa)
The Quick Opinion:
Bard will go to Spring Training as a starter next year, but he's not guaranteed a rotation spot and could end up back in the bullpen by the end of camp. With Jonathan Papelbon in Philadelphia, Bard's opportunity to grab saves has never been better.
After moving to the rotation to kick off 2012, Bard's year (and career) took two steps back when control issues and a loss of velocity reared their heads. Bard has too much talent to be totally dismissed by the Sox, but with Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey in town and his starter experiment a bust, his path to 2013 fantasy relevance outside of leagues which count holds is long. (
The Red Sox broke Daniel Bard. It's not clear if he's ever going to get fixed, either. Now four years removed from his failed conversion to starter, Bard may never see significant playing time again. He's worth avoiding until he can show any resemblance of his former self. (David Temple)
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