Blue Jays: Looking at former prospects traded at the deadline under Ross Atkins
Travis Bergen – LHP
Traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for LHP Robbie Ray – August/31/2020
A seventh-round selection of the Jays in 2015, left-hander Travis Bergen is a unique player amongst the prospects that Ross Atkins has traded since becoming general manager of the Blue Jays. Bergen was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 2019 Rule 5 Draft and appeared in 21 games and pitched to a 5.49 ERA with an 8.2 K/9 before being sent back to the Blue Jays organization after he went on the 60-day IL with a shoulder strain.
Bergen made his Blue Jays debut in 2020 and spent most of the year in AAA before being traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for veteran Robbie Ray. He flirted with the Diamondbacks roster for the rest of the season before being traded back to the Blue Jays in the offseason for cash considerations. He spent the 2021 season split between the MLB and the MiLB before electing free agency in the 2021/2022 offseason, earning a 1.69 ERA through 10 relief appearances when with the Blue Jays.
The Georgia product signed with the San Diego Padres on a Minor League deal and has spent all season in AAA. The southpaw has 22 appearances on his record this season while pitching to a 3.97 ERA through 22.2 innings of work. The walks and command have been his biggest issue this year, as he owns a 7.9 BB/9 with 20 free passes compared to his 9.9 K/9.