Young Guns III
No, unfortunately they’re not making another sequel to the greatest movie of 1988. No, this entry is devoted to yet another young arm in the Dodgers system who’s making some noise: Alberto Bastardo.
Bastardo’s season has started with some really nice numbers, despite his 1-1 record. He’s holding batters to a .177 BAA, has struck out 19 in 17.2 innings while walking only 2, and has a 2.04 ERA on the season.
Now, before we get too very excited, he’s 25 years old and pitching in High-A ball. Quite frankly, he should dominate these hitters. But it’s still nice to see him go out today for the Inland Empire 66ers in the California League and pitch 7.0 scoreless innings, striking out 6, walking none, and allowing just 2 hits against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Angels).
Those two hits were back-to-back singles in the bottom of the fifth, after he’d thrown 4.1 perfect innings. Then, because they’d angered him, he picked off the runner at first and fanned the batter to end the inning.
Don’t make Alberto Bastardo angry. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.
His changeup and his slider looked as good as I’ve seen them look this year, and he’s locating his fastball very well.
His pitching coach, Charlie Hough, only used one word to describe the southpaw’s performance: “Great.”