Bard was promoted to Triple-A Rochester on Monday. Bard had been a disappointment in his minor-league career before this season, as his strong arm never resulted in a strong strikeout rate. He's improved to a 2.58 ERA and 13.5 K/9 at Double-A Chattanooga, where he posted just a 7.6 K/9 last season. If he keeps it up, he could earn him a chance to see how he fits into the big club's bullpen in September.
Bard was promoted to Double-A Chattanooga after posting a 4.17 ERA with a 50:24 K:BB in 58.1 innings a High-A Fort Myers. Bard, the 42nd overall pick out of Georgia Tech in the 2012 draft, was once thought to be a top relief prospect. However, he's never been able to have an overly impressive strikeout rate (8 K/9 at High this season) and has had control issues (3.6 BB/9 at High-A). At age 25, his odds are growing long for making the majors.
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