Christian Bergman

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Starting pitcher Christian Bergman has played in the Colorado Rockies minor league system since 2010 (through 2014).

Bergman hit .343 as a high school senior and went 10-2 with a 1.54 ERA with 78 K to 9 BB in 78 IP. As a college freshman, he was 0-4 with a 4.98 ERA. He was 1-5 with a 2.39 ERA for the Anchorage Bucs that summer. His sophomore year, he improved to 5-2, 1.94. He was All-Big West Conference. Back with Anchorage, he excelled at 4-2, 1.34 with only 8 BB in 60 2/3 IP to win All-Star honors for the Alaska Baseball League. He had a 9-3, 3.50 record as a junior. He tied for 5th in the Big West in wins. He was again 9-3, with a 3.72 ERA and one save as a senior. He tied for third in the Big West in wins, three behind Noe Ramirez and Daniel Renken.

He was taken by Colorado in the 24th round of the 2010 amateur draft. The scout was Jon Lukens.

He went 1-4 with a 5.96 ERA for the Casper Ghosts in his first season. In 2011, he was 7-5 with a 2.59 ERA in 15 starts for the Tri-City Dust Devils, walking only 11 batters in 97 1/3 innings. He was a Northwest League Post-Season All-Star and ranked the #1 pitcher in the league by The Baseball Cube website. He finished third in the NWL in ERA (behind Vicente Campos and Tyler Gagnon), tied Nelson Gonzalez and Philip Brua for first in wins, led in shutouts (2; no other starter had any) and edged Campos for the WHIP title (.97). He came one inning shy of the NWL record for consecutive shutout innings - 32. He tossed 13 innings in the playoffs and struck out 12. He and Campos were the All-Star righties in the NWL.

Bergman was 16-5 with a 3.65 ERA in 27 starts for the Modesto Nuts in 2012. He made the California League leaderboard in ERA (third, behind Matt Andriese and Josh Bowman) and wins (first by four over Taylor Rogers). He led Rockies farmhands in wins (two over Ben Alsup) and tied Edwar Cabrera for 4th in strikeouts (121). Despite being in a hitter's league, he was also 5th in the Rockies chain in ERA. He was a California League Post-Season All-Star (joining Andriese, Kevin Quackenbush and Roenis Elias as the pitchers picked) and Organization All-Star. He was named the Cal League's Pitcher of the Year; he was the second of at least three straight Nuts to win, following Chad Bettis and preceding Dan Winkler. He tied T.J. McFarland for the most wins in the minor leagues.

In 2013, he was 8-7 with a 3.37 ERA for the Tulsa Drillers, walking only 23 in 171 innings. He was among the Texas League leaders in ERA (4th, between Brandon Hynick and Lay Batista) and strikeouts (111, 9th, between Seth Blair and Keyvius Sampson). He was a TL Post-Season All-Star, his third All-Star nod in three years; the other pitchers picked were Sampson, Mike Foltynewicz, Jeremy McBryde, David Martinez, Quackenbush, Neil Ramirez and Carlos Hernandez.

He began 2014 with the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

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