Antonio Bastardo Traded to Pittsburgh for “Power Lefty” Joely Rodriguez

Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Though Jimmy Rollins’ trade to the Dodgers is the big news of the day, the Phillies have also dealt reliever Antonio Bastardo to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for 23-year-old LHP Joely Rodriguez.

According to Pittsburgh Sporting News, “Rodriguez went 6-11 with 4.84 ERA in Double-A last year and was the Arizona Fall League’s All-Prospect team this year.” Rodriguez’s best year in the minors came in 2013, when he put up solid numbers in A and A+ ball:

A: 5-5-0, 2.72 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 72.2 IP, 2.5 BB/9, 7.1 K/9
A+: 4-3-0, 2.67 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 67.1 IP, 2.5 BB/9, 5.9 K/9

Rodriguez regressed a bit in 2014, but is still seen as a power thrower who pitches into ground balls and who just turned 23-years-old.

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