Fernando Abad
RP BOS
3 weeks ago

Abad has struck out six and walked two in 8.1 innings this month.

EDGE Analysis

Abad is posting a WHIP of 1.00 in 13.2 innings, third among Red Sox relievers trailing only fellow lefty Robby Scott and closer Craig Kimbrel. Despite that, he hasn't received much trust from manager John Farrell. Seven of his last eight appearances have come in games that were decided by three runs or less, including his recent poor showing Wednesday against Seattle when he gave up two runs in 0.1 innings with his team already trailing 3-0. The biggest hurdle between Abad and more meaningful playing time is Scott, as Farrell has shown Scott is his preferred southpaw out of the bullpen so far this year.

Fernando Abad
RP BOS
2 months ago

Abad entered Friday's game with one out and two men on in the eighth inning and struck out two in Boston's 5-4 win over the Cubs.

EDGE Analysis

The appearance was Abad's sixth of the season, the fewest among the relievers who have been on Boston's roster all season, and the first in a high-leverage spot. Manager John Farrell has preferred Robby Scott in such situations, but he was burned earlier in the game. Abad was clearly pumped after striking out pinch-hitter Matt Szucur and Kyle Schwarber, holding the lead for closer Craig Kimbrel. This one moment was the brightest highlight of his Red Sox career to date.

Fernando Abad
RP BOS
2 months ago

Abad worked around a hit and a walk in a scoreless inning Friday night in Boston's 10-2 loss to Tampa Bay.

EDGE Analysis

Abad was the final reliever to exit Boston's bullpen this season. He debuted Wednesday in a blowout loss and made his second appearance in Friday's blowout loss. That suggests he doesn't have the confidence of manager John Farrell who seemingly prefers Robby Scott when there's a need to get a left-handed batter out. That, despite what has been Abad's effectiveness against hitters of the same side. Also a contributing factor to his low usage is the makeup of the bullpen -- Abad is one of three left-handed relievers for a team that's stacked with left-handed starters.

Fernando Abad
RP BOS
3 months ago

Abad has rejoined Boston's spring training and is scheduled to throw two innings Tuesday, Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Abad fared well for Team Domincan Republic, pitching 2.1 scoreless innings. The left-hander returns to the Red Sox knowing a roster spot isn't yet secured. Fellow lefties Robby Scott and Edgar Olmos have pitched well during the spring. Abad's contract will play a role in the decision of which player opens the season on the major league roster. Scott is on the 40-man roster already while the non-rostered Olmos would need to be added to the 40-man. Boston can preserve as much organizational depth as possible by keeping Abad and stashing the others at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Fernando Abad
RP BOS
3 months ago

Abad has not allowed a run in two outings for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. He's given up two hits without a walk or a strikeout in 1.1 innings.

EDGE Analysis

We certainly understand a player wanting to perform for his country, but Abad is competing for a roster spot with Robby Scott for the second left-handed reliever spot in Boston's bullpen. Being away from club doesn't help his chances and his $2 million salary is not guaranteed if he doesn't make the roster out of spring training. Scott, who hasn't allowed a run in six spring innings, is a cheaper alternative who could wrest that bullpen spot from Abad.

Fernando Abad
RP BOS
4 months ago

Abad, who didn't pitch well after being acquired by Boston last season and was left off the postseason roster, was retained by the Red Sox because they recognize he can be an effective left-handed reliever, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Abad had a 6.39 ERA over 12.2 innings in 18 games for Boston, but left-handed hitters were just 3-for-23 (.130) against him, suggesting he can still be a useful left-handed specialist. He'll join Robbie Ross as the primary left-handers in Boston's bullpen.

Fernando Abad
RP BOS
5 months ago

Abad lost his arbitration case and will make $2 million in 2017, the Boston Herald's Evan Drellich reports.

EDGE Analysis

He was asking for $2.7 million, and the arbiter sided with the Red Sox, who were offering $2 million. Abad and Robbie Ross will enter the season as Boston's top two lefty relievers, but neither pitcher figures to see much high-leverage work.

Fernando Abad
RP BOS
7 months ago

The Red Sox will tender a contract to Abad, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Abad, who was left off the postseason roster after an awful two months following his acquisition, is entering the final year of arbitration and figures to make in the neighborhood of $2 million. If he can pitch anything like he did with Minnesota, that Abad would be a bargain.

Fernando Abad
RP BOS
10 months ago

Abad will move to lower-leverage situations in an attempt to rebuild his confidence, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. "There have been some pitches mislocated in the strike zone that have allowed some hitters back into at-bats," manager John Farrell said. "For the type of stuff that he has, and his overall strike-throwing ability... he's not a guy who is typically wild. We have to get some confidence rolling in his favor."

EDGE Analysis

Farrell hinted at this change after Abad's last outing, in which he allowed two inherited runners and one of his own to score without getting an out. Robbie Ross moves from the low-leverage, middle relief role to be the late-inning lefty.

Fernando Abad
RP BOS
10 months ago

Abad was charged with a run and let two inherited runners score in Tuesday night's win over Baltimore. In seven games over four innings for Boston, Abad has given up five runs on seven hits and three walks.

EDGE Analysis

If you want to know what an 11.25 ERA or a 2.50 WHIP looks like, check out Abad's line while with Boston. It appears Tuesday's outing was the final straw for manager John Farrell, who told Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald that he will stop using Abad in high-leverage situations for now and have Robbie Ross work setup when a left-hander his required. "We're going to have to get some work done to gain a little confidence and get him going," Farrell said. "We've used (the other bullpen lefty Robbie Ross Jr.) early in the game because he's got multi-inning capability. But we're probably going to have to shift that here a little bit."