Christian Bergman, Nik Turley primed for playoff push with minor league baseball teams

Baseball: Bergman, Turley prepare to lead respective teams on playoff runs, while Smith aims to bounce back from injury.

August 14, 2013|By Andrew Shortall,
  • St. Francis High graduate Christian Bergman is looking to work his way up the ladder with the Tulsa Drillers to the Colorado Rockies.
St. Francis High graduate Christian Bergman is looking… (Courtesy of Rich…)

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

Christian Bergman (St. Francis High, 2006) starting pitcher, Tulsa Drillers: If there was any question, Bergman has bounced back.

The former Golden Knight standout struggled throughout July, when he posted a 5.52 earned-run average in five starts. He gave up 11 runs, 17 hits and four homers in 11 innings in his final two outings in July.

Bergman opened August by recording his third career shutout in the Colorado Rockies organization Aug. 2. He allowed just three hits, three walks and struck out six in the double-A Drillers’ 5-0 win over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. It’s Bergman’s first shutout since 2011 and his only complete game of 2013, as he improved to 6-7.

“I haven't felt so energized as long as I can remember, it was a great feeling,” Bergman, who threw 104 pitches, 68 strikes and struck out the side in order to end the game, told afterward.


“My goal every time I go out there is to stay in the game as long as possible and give my team a chance to win. If I'm throwing a lot of innings, that means the other parts of pitching are taking care of themselves — getting ground balls, throwing strikes, stuff like that. That's definitely something I take pride in.”

Bergman came back and allowed just two runs in his next appearance to bring his record to an even 7-7 on Aug. 8. The Drillers went on to defeat the Midland RockHounds, 4-2, behind Bergman’s performance.

The right-hander struck out five and didn’t walk a batter. He gave up six hits, with his only blemish being a pair of leadoff homers he surrendered in the first and fifth innings.

Bergman’s remained a Texas League leader in innings pitched (145 1/3, first), WHIP (1.09, fourth), earned-run average (3.28, fifth) and strikeouts (101, ninth) this year.

After winning the first half of the Texas League North Division season, double-A Tulsa is in third place in the second half at 26-24.

Nik Turley (La Cañada native) starting pitcher, Trenton Thunder: After entering the season as the 14th-ranked prospect in the New York Yankees organization, Turley has shown he may be ready for a new challenge.

After posting a 4.90 ERA through his first 13 appearances, Turley has gone 4-1 with a 2.35 ERA and 48 strikeouts versus 24 walks over his next 10 outings and 53 2/3 innings pitched.

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