|Report Date:||March 13th, 2018|
After pitching primarily out of the bullpen as a freshman, Bergner found success in a starting role for the Chatham Anglers in the Cape Cod League over the summer, pitching to a 1.16 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with 30 strikeouts in 31 innings.
Despite a rough outing against Louisville last weekend, where he allowed six runs on six hits and four walks in four and 1/3 innings, Bergner flashed qualities that are cause for optimism. Tall and projectable at 6’4” and 200 pounds, Bergner has a quick arm that results in above average fastball velocity at 92-to-94 mph, that he was able to maintain into the fifth inning. When it’s on, Bergner’s fastball has late life, exploding through the zone and missing barrels. In this start, however, he struggled to locate, fell behind early and subsequently caught too much of the plate in fastball counts. Bergner’s best secondary offering is an above average, firm change-up at 84-to-86 mph, with tumble that neutralizes left-handed hitters. With 11-to-5 break and moderate depth, Bergner’s curveball flashes average, though the sharpness of the pitch was inconsistent throughout the game.
Though he entered the season as potential day one selection, Bergner has yet to impress as consistently as he did over the summer. A draft eligible sophomore, he has additional leverage and could return to school if he’s unable to right the ship before this year’s draft. With three usable pitches and a projectable frame, Bergner will be given additional opportunities to start as a professional, where he projects in the back of a rotation.