Luke Francis Bard...Last name rhymes with "hard"...On Twitter: @Luke_Bard ... Brother, Daniel Bard, pitched in Majors for five seasons with Red Sox (2009-13) ... Father, Paul Bard, was sixth round draft pick by Dodgers in 1980 and played five minor league seasons in Dodgers and Orioles systems ... Missed entire 2014 season due to injury...Had arthroscopic shoulder surgery in labrum following 2013 season ... Originally signed by Twins scout Jack Powell ... Played collegiately at Georgia Tech...Named by Baseball America as 11th best prospect in Atlantic Coast Conference entering 2011 season ... Attended Charlott e Christi an HS (NC)...Four-year letterwinner in baseball and football (quarterback) and a two-year letterwinner in basketball...Two-year captain of baseball team...Earned Louisville Slugger and National Christian School Athletic Associati on All-America honors as a senior...North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Player of the Year and Charlotte Weekly Player of the Year in 2009 after going 10-0 with 90 strikeouts and a 0.37 ERA.
Opened season with Double-A Chattanooga...Pitched more than one inning in 20 of 33 appearances for Lookouts ... During 25 game stretch from Apr. 27-July 29, went 3-1 with four saves and a 1.33 ERA (40.2 IP - 6 ER) with 60 strikeouts and 12 walks...His ERA ranked third in Southern League in that span (min. 35 IP) ... Pitched two innings May 13 vs. Birmingham and recorded all six outs via strikeout ... Did not allow a run in 10 of 11 appearances (0.51 ERA; 17.2 IP - 1 ER) from May 24-July 4 and held opponents to a .190 batting average against (12/63) in that span ... Promoted to Triple-A Rochester, Aug. 7...Recorded at least two strikeouts in each of final six relief appearances ... Tossed 1.2 innings-or-more in five of eight appearances for Red Wings.