Beerleaguer: I'll be honest: I was pulling for Bastardo. Carlos Carrasco seemed to be everyone's first choice. From what I gather from writers close to the team, he isn't ready. He doesn't have the toughness. When things don't go well for Carrasco, it snowballs. I think it's best to treat a high-ceiling 22-year-old with care. So from the list of choices, I'm on board with trying to catch lightning in a bottle with the hot hand of Bastardo. Of course, I'd rather see the Phils trade for proven help, but it's not going to happen May 31.
Additional notes: Last season in Reading, he had a 1.66 ERA in the first and second innings, then a 7.07 ERA after the fourth, according to Mike Drago of the Reading Eagle. He also missed two months with shoulder inflammation. During one of the spring broadcasts, it was mentioned that Bastardo, along with fellow prospect Andrew Carpenter, spent time with trainers addressing their physical fitness.