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St. Francis graduate Christian Bergman crowned all-star with Tulsa Drillers

Baseball: St. Francis High graduate adds to impressive minor league resume with Texas League All-Star selection in double-A.

June 19, 2013|By Charles Rich and Andrew Shortall
  • Christian Bergman, a St. Francis High graduate and the 2012 California League Pitcher of the Year, is looking to make an impact with the Tulsa Drillers this season.
Christian Bergman, a St. Francis High graduate and the… (Courtesy of Tulsa…)

The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level.

Christian Bergman (St. Francis High, 2006) starting pitcher, Tulsa Drillers: Bergman, who was named last season's California League Pitcher of the Year, is now thriving in the Texas League.

He's quickly made a name for himself after pitching for the Modesto Nuts last season and diligently working his way up the ladder in the Colorado Rockies farm system.

Bergman, a former All-Area Baseball Player of the Year, was selected Tuesday to participate in the league's 77th all-star game on June 25 in Springdale, Ark., for the North Division. He'll be one of six Drillers, the Rockies double-A affiliate, picked to compete in the contest. Bergman will be joined by Tulsa teammates Tyler Matzek, Kent Matthes, Kyle Parker, Angelys Nina and Kiel Roling.

The players were chosen for the contest via voting by the league's managers and media.

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Bergman, 25, is 3-6 with a 3.20 earned-run average and 1.14 WHIP in 14 starts. The right-hander has struck out a team-best 57 and allowed 42 runs (30 earned) in 84 1/3 innings.

On Tuesday, Bergman picked up his sixth loss of the season after receiving no run support in a 3-0 loss to the Springfield Cardinals. The former Knight allowed six base runners (four hits, two walks) and three runs over six innings.

Bergman, who struck out three batters, gave up all three runs on a homer from Xavier Scruggs in the bottom of the third inning. The Cardinals launched a two-out rally with a walk and Chris Swauger single, which set the table for Scruggs.

Before that, Bergman turned in a quality start against the Springfield Cardinals on June 11. In seven innings, Bergman allowed three runs (two earned) and struck out two. He did not pick up a decision in Tulsa's 4-3 home victory. Bergman threw 96 pitches, 62 for strikes. He also had a hit in two plate appearances.

The Drillers came into Wednesday in first place in the Texas League North Division at 34-34.

Nik Turley (La Cañada native) starting pitcher, Trenton Thunder: The 14th-ranked prospect in the New York Yankees organization, according to MLBPipeline.com, has hit a rough patch with the team's double-A affiliate.

With a 5-5 record this year, Turley has picked up losses in his past three starts. Most recently, he gave up six hits, six runs and a homer — his eighth of the year — in an 8-4 loss to the Altoona Curve Friday. He struck out six and walked two through five innings.

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