Blue Jays future closer quietly honing his craft in Double-A
The Toronto Blue Jays future closer is quietly honing his craft under the radar pitching for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in Double-A.
Travis Bergen is having a season for the ages and has not surrendered a run since June 15th when he was touched up for an earned run by the Altoona Curve. Bergen currently has 16 shutout relief appearances since that date and is quickly climbing up the prospect depth chart. During that stretch of 20.2 scoreless innings, Bergen has struck out 28 batters without surrendering a run.
The 24-year old was selected in the 7th round, 212th overall in the 2015 amateur draft from Kennesaw State University. Bergen has been absolutely dominant since turning pro and sports a career 1.28 earned run average with 105 whiffs in 52 career games through various minor league stops. Bergen has only surrendered 11 runs in his minor league career spanning over 77.1 innings.
This season Bergen has a minuscule 0.33 earned run average with six saves and 34 strikeouts in 27.2 innings of work since being promoted to the Fisher Cats. Prior to that Bergen made 16 appearances with Dunedin posting a 1.71 earned run average. Through 48.2 combined innings this season, Bergen has only been touched up for one home run while the southpaw has only issued three round-trippers in his career thus far.
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Bergen and his 12.2/SO9 rate could soon make the trek north as a September call-up especially seeing the Jays will be holding auditions for their depleted bullpen. The 6’1″ hurler possesses a fastball that sits in the low to mid-nineties complimented by a wipeout slider.
With the recent trades of closer Roberto Osuna, John Axford, Aaron Loup, and Seunghwan Oh the Jays will need some fresh arms for the 2019 campaign and beyond.
The Blue Jays prospect cupboard is stocked full of uber-talented promising talents and Bergen is just another on the growing list. Look for the young lefty to climb into the organizations Top 30 prospect rankings before seasons end.
He is definitely a great story to keep tabs on from here on out.