Bastardo Climbs Ladder To Lehigh Valley
Antonio Bastardo (Photo: Tony Dejak/AP)
Antonio Bastardo (Photo: Tony Dejak/AP)
Posted May 21, 2009

Antonio Bastardo is deserving of a promotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 23 year old left-hander recently reached the 100 inning mark at Double-A and has had success as both a starter and reliever.

Antonio Bastardo was moved to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Thursday and deservedly so.

Bastardo started the season in Reading's bullpen, but was moved to the rotation a month ago. As a reliever, Bastardo posted a 1.23 ERA and picked up two saves in two opportunities. The move to the rotation didn't seem to bother him much, as he started five games and posted a 1.98 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings of work.

Bastardo had been a starter for all of his professional career before moving to the bullpen this spring. He will likely pitch out of the IronPigs bullpen, since their rotation appears set, at least for now.

One thing that the Phillies were looking for Bastardo to do was cut down on his walks and he's done a decent job of doing just that this season. He is averaging 1.8 walks per nine innings this season, a much better number than the 4.5 walks per nine innings that he averaged coming into the season or the 5 walks per inning that he allowed last year at Reading.

To make room for Bastardo, the Phillies moved pitcher Jason Anderson back to Reading. Anderson has been volleyed back-and-forth between Reading and Lehigh Valley this season, spending two separate stretches with each club as of his reassignment to the R-Phils. Anderson had struggled in his first stint with Lehigh Valley, posting a 5.40 ERA, but was much more effective in his latest run with the club, when he posted a 1.29 ERA. Earlier this season, Anderson had a stretch of six shutout innings with Reading before being moved back to Lehigh Valley. On the season, he's a combined 1-0 with a 2.53 ERA.

Bastardo was ranked as the 11th best prospect in the Phillies organization this season by Philly Baseball News.

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