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20th Ducks Alumnus Promoted to Major Leagues

Left-handed pitcher Fernando Abad called up by San Francisco Giants
 

(Central Islip, N.Y., Aug. 16, 2019) – The San Francisco Giants promoted 2018 Long Island Ducks left-handed pitcher Fernando Abad to the Major Leagues on Thursday. He pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning in the Giants 7-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, thereby becoming the 20th player in Ducks history to reach the MLB level after playing on Long Island.

Abad made 19 relief appearances with the Ducks during the 2018 season. He compiled a 1-0 record with a 0.48 ERA and two saves, yielding just two runs (one earned) over 18.2 innings of work. The southpaw surrendered just 15 hits and five walks while striking out 23 batters and holding opponents to a .208 batting average. He began his Ducks career with 13 consecutive scoreless appearances and struck out at least one batter in 16 of his 19 games. The Dominican Republic native made five postseason appearances as well, giving up just one run on three hits in seven innings while striking out eight. His three scoreless innings of relief in Game Five of the Liberty Division Championship Series at Somerset helped the Ducks earn their third consecutive division title.

The 33-year-old was signed by the San Francisco Giants on February 28. He pitched six scoreless innings over three appearances with Double-A Richmond in the Eastern League to begin 2019 before being promoted to Triple-A Sacramento of the Pacific Coast League. In 38 appearances with the River Cats, he accrued a 2-3 record with a 3.07 ERA, 13 saves and 49 strikeouts to just four walks over 44 innings. Abad returns to the Major Leagues for the first time since 2017 with the Boston Red Sox. 2019 represents his ninth season at the MLB level and sixth Major League club (Astros, Nationals, Athletics, Twins, Red Sox).

Following is the complete list of Ducks players to reach MLB after playing on Long Island:

PLAYER YEAR(S) WITH DUCKS PROMOTED BY PROMOTION YEAR
Fernando Abad 2018 San Francisco Giants 2019
Wilkin Castillo 2018 Miami Marlins 2019
Henderson Alvarez 2017 Philadelphia Phillies 2017
Quintin Berry 2017 Milwaukee Brewers 2017
Tim Melville 2017 Minnesota Twins 2017
Rich Hill 2015 Boston Red Sox 2015
Scott Rice 2008 New York Mets 2013
Lew Ford 2009, 2011-Present Baltimore Orioles 2012
Kip Wells 2010 San Diego Padres 2012
Justin Hampson 2010 New York Mets 2012
Joey Gathright 2010 Boston Red Sox 2011
Robinson Cancel 2010 Houston Astros 2011
Erick Almonte 2006 Milwaukee Brewers 2011
Jay Gibbons 2008 Los Angeles Dodgers 2010
Mel Stocker 2006 Milwaukee Brewers 2007
Nelson Figueroa 2006 New York Mets 2008
Ken Ray 2002 Atlanta Braves 2006
Bill Pulsipher 2004 St. Louis Cardinals 2005
Pedro Borbon Jr. 2003 St. Louis Cardinals 2003
Carlos Baerga 2001 Boston Red Sox 2002

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.
 

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