The Toronto Blue Jays have welcomed Travis Bergen back into the organization after the hurler cleared waivers following his release by the San Francisco Giants.
Travis Bergen was plucked from the Blue Jays in the Rule 5 draft by the San Francisco Giants earlier this year. It was somewhat of a surprise that the reliever was left unprotected following a tremendous campaign in 2018 with Dunedin and New Hampshire.
The 25-year old southpaw had a flawless spring training earning a spot in the Giants bullpen coming out of spring training. Bergen then appeared in 21 contests surrendering 12 earned runs in 19.2 innings of work for the Giants. The hurler recently missed nearly three months with a strained shoulder having just returned off the injured list on August 09th.
Bergen made three relief appearances in August, however, the final two he surrendered two runs in both outings prompting him being designated for assignment. The rookie did enjoy some success with the Giants having made 16 scoreless appearances out of his 21 opportunities while also averaging 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings of work at the major league level.
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The lefty as been assigned to Triple-A Buffalo where he will attempt to climb back up the Blue Jays depth chart before seasons end. The former 7th round selection in the 2015 draft sports a career minor league record of 7-3 with a 1.65 earned run average and nine saves in 76 games.
The Jays also lost Jordan Romano in the Rule 5 draft along with Bergen, however, Romano also made his way back to the organization following his designation. Romano figures to be an important piece in the bullpen next season and has the makings to be a closer at the major league level.
Hopefully, Bergan can reassert himself much like Romano has done as there will be plenty of opportunity in the bullpen come spring training next season.