- Full name Randor Bierd
- Born 03/14/1984 in Santo Domingo Centro, Dominican Republic
- Profile Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 190 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Liceo Hara Nacionale
- Debut 04/02/2008
Organization Prospect Rankings
Two years after his promising 2005 season was cut short by Tommy John surgery, Bierd established himself as one of the Tigers' top relief pitching prospects, but they couldn't find room for him on their 40-man roster. The Orioles gladly took him with the third pick of the major league Rule 5 draft in December. Bierd began the 2007 season as a reliever in low Class A and earned a promotion all the way to Double-A in June. He walked only 10 batters thereafter while displaying the stuff and mound presence you'd hope to see in a reliable, sinker/slider setup man. His fastball, which ranges from 90-93 mph, has average velocity but plays up because of sharp sinking movement. His hard slider has good downward tilt and changes planes, and it also induces a lot of groundballs. He has made progress with his changeup, but it's still below average. Bierd has shown good durability since his surgery and has the stamina to pitch on back-to-back days. He averaged 5.2 strikeouts per walk in Double-A, a testament to his impeccable control. Detroit loved his work ethic and believed in his ability, and it's reasonable to think he could stick in the big leagues all season with the Orioles. If he doesn't, they'll have to expose him to waivers or offer him back to the Tigers.