Fernando Abad dealing in the Dominican, looking for work stateside

Fernando Abad #58 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the game against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park on September 24, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
Fernando Abad #58 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the game against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park on September 24, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images) /
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He’s off to a great start thus far pitching in the Dominican Winter League, now Fernando Abad waits for that invitation to spring training, stateside.

A quick glance at the career pitching record of Fernando Abad and you may wonder why he has hung around as long as he has. The nine year veteran, with a career win/loss record of 8-29, continues to find work prior to each major league season.

Abad is currently hurling in the Dominican Winter League, waiting for his phone to ring, watching the mailbox for his invite to spring training. The way he is pitching now, he’ll get that call, we’ll just wait and see which team is on the other end of the phone.

Signed out of the Dominican Republic, Abad made his debut in the majors in 2010 for the Houston Astros. After three years in Space City, he’s bounced around the league some, playing for a total of five teams since his departure from the Astros. He always lands on his feet, with a minor league contract in hand, making a major league roster out of spring training.

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An 80-game suspension in 2018 for performance enhancing drugs didn’t scare teams away from signing Abad. Where he didn’t pitch in America that season, he has since signed a few contracts and found his way on a roster.

And now he is on the free agent market once again. He last pitched in the majors in 2019, for the San Francisco Giants. He was signed to a minor league contract prior to last season, with the Washington Nationals, though was a roster casualty when the coronavirus pandemic shut down the league. The New York Yankees brought him in and kept him around on their 60-man roster, though he never made the active-25.

Currently, Abad is pitching for the Toros de Este in the Dominican Winter League. He has yet to surrender a run in the seven innings he’s pitched, while allowing just two baserunners. His five saves lead the team.

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Fernando Abad may not be the piece of the puzzle that will turn a team into a playoff contender, though one thing is certain, come April, he will be a piece of the puzzle for someone.