Yorman Bazardo

Birth date 11 Jul 1984 (32 years)
Nationality Venezuela Venezuela
Position Pitcher
Team history
Houston Astros 2009 - present
Detroit Tigers 2007 - 2008
Seattle Mariners 2006 - 2007
Florida Marlins 2000 - 2005

Yorman Osorio Bazardo is a professional baseball played from Venezuela who plays as a pitcher. Bazardo began his playing career in the youth leagues in Venezuela. As a 16 year old, Bazardo was noticed by scouts and the Florida Marlins decided to sign the youngster as a valuable addition to their youth setup. Bazardo began playing for the Marlins in the Venezuelan Summer League and appeared for the Marlins’ affiliate, the VSL Marlins.

A 7-2 record and a 2.43 ERA gave him a huge jump into the Low A-Division where he suited up for the Jamestown Jammers. Bazardo was again quite impressive, proving his faithful right with a 5-0 record and a 2.72 ERA along with 6 saves as well. He moved into the A-Division in 2003, this time with the Greensboro Bats and became a starting pitcher. Running into a bit of trouble for the first time in his career, Bazardo ended with an ERA of 3.12 and a 9-8 win-loss record.

The performance was still good enough to warrant a place in the Advanced A-Division with the Jupiter Hammerheads and Bazardo had a losing season for the first time. The 5-9 record was attributed to lack of support, more than poor performance on his part, as Bazardo still ended the season with a 3.27 ERA. Bazardo ended the year on a high though, as he was named to the MLB roster for the Marlins. In 2005, that confidence was further boosted with a call-up to Spring Training.

Despite not making the team, Bazardo was assigned to the AA-Division with the Carolina Mudcats. Later in the year, struggling pitcher Logan Kensing was sent down to the minors and Bazardo was called up as a replacement in the Marlins’ roster. In his only appearance as a relief pitcher, Bazardo was totally out of his league and gave away 5 runs including 4 ERs, all in just 1 2/3rd innings. The very next day, Bazardo was back with the Mudcats. After seeing the season through to the end with the Mudcats, Bazardo was traded out to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Ron Villone.

Bazardo started his Mariners career with the AA-Division affiliates, the San Antonio Missions. In 2006, Bazardo was named as the Missions’ Pitcher of the Year after a 6-5 record and a 3.64 ERA. He was also named to the Texas League All Star Team before leaving for Venezuela to play in the Winter League. Although the Mariners did add Bazardo to their 40-man roster, he was sent back down after Jeff Weaver was acquired in a trade.

Bazardo was subsequently traded out to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Jeff Frazier.

At Detroit, the season began, for Bazardo, in the AAA-Division with the Toledo Mud Hens. A 10-6 record and a 3.75 ERA later, Bazardo spent 2007 shuttling between the MLB roster and the Mud Hens. The Tigers were struggling with injuries and that showed in the number of times Bazardo was required to come up and shoulder the responsibility. Bazardo ended up making 11 appearances for the Tigers and his debut at the MLB came with a 2-1 record and a 2.38 ERA.

Despite starting with the Tigers in 2008, Bazardo was sent down to the Mud Hens owing to a terrible start to the season. Bazardo became a free agent at the end of the season after the Tigers refused to offer him a new contract.

In 2008, Bazardo signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies but before making an impact, was released in April 2009. Bazardo signed with the Houston Astros in April however, it was only on a minor league contract. Towards the latter part of the year, Bazardo managed to get himself on the 40-man roster after some strong showings in the minors.

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