Looks like after Tuesday there will be 28 former BlueClaws to have played in a big league game. The Phillies have announced that Antonio Bastardo (2007) will pitch for them on Tuesday in place of the injured Brett Myers. Bastardo went 9-0 for Lakewood in 2007 and this year had a 1.82 ERA for Reading and a 2.08 ERA over two starts with Lehigh Valley. He was with Greg Legg in extended spring training at the beginning of 2007, like Sergio Escalona, who debuted two weeks ago. Here is what Jayson Stark of ESPN.com said about Bastardo:
Then there’s a left-hander who is climbing everybody’s charts, Antonio Bastardo, who has a 50-9 strikeout-walk ratio between Double-A and Triple-A. The Phillies dangled Bastardo in July for Rockies reliever Brian Fuentes. But a year later, he is actually drawing some Johan Santana comparisons, and might have passed Carrasco as their No. 1 pitching prospect.
High praise indeed. Remember, the Phils could have called up Carrasco, the more highly-touted entering the year, Kyle Kendrick or Drew Carpenter, who both have big league experience, yet it’s Bastardo who will take Myers place, at least for now.
“We’ve got some real good reports on him,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “He’s had two real good outings since he’s been at Triple-A, and he was real good at Double-A.”