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St. Francis High graduate Christian Bergman making way through minors

Former Golden Knight is spectacular in first appearance with Tulsa Drillers Friday.

April 10, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • After spending last season with the Modesto Nuts, St. Francis High graduate Christian Bergman looks to continue his success with the Tulsa Drillers.
After spending last season with the Modesto Nuts, St.… (Courtesy of Bill…)

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

Christian Bergman (St. Francis High, 2006) starting pitcher, Tulsa Drillers: After being named the California League Pitcher of the Year, Bergman has shown he’s eyeing more awards with the Tulsa Drillers, the Colorado Rockies double-A affiliate.

Bergman threw six shutout innings Friday in his debut with the Drillers, allowing just one hit, after being promoted from the class-A advanced Modesto Nuts, where he was spent last season and was given the aforementioned accolade.

The former Golden Knight will have to wait at least another game before picking up his first double-A victory, however. Tulsa picked up the 2-1 win Friday over the San Antonio Missions, but needed 13 innings to do so. Bergman kept the Drillers, who are 1-5 on the year, in the game early. He threw five no-hit innings and allowed just three base runners, walking two and striking out six in the game.

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Bergman was 16-5 with a 3.65 earned-run average and 121 strikeouts through 162 2/3 innings last year for the Nuts, and will look to haul in more honors this season in Tulsa, which will look to get its second win Thursday in its home opener against San Antonio.

Alonzo Gonzalez (Glendale Community College, 2012) starting pitcher, Lansing Lugnuts: After a strong showing in the minors last year, Gonzalez picked right back up where he left off in his first game with the Lugnuts, a class-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays in the Midwest League.

The 6-foot-5 left-hander threw six shutout innings and picked up the win against the Lake County Captains, 8-1, Saturday. Gonzalez gave up three hits and two walks, striking out six in the win.

Lansing is 3-3 so far this season with all three wins coming in the four-game set with Lake County. The Lugnuts looked to snap a two-game losing streak Wednesday night against the Bowling Green Hot Rods.

In stints with the Gulf Coast League and Bluefield Blue Jays last year, Gonzalez posted a 5-3 record and 3.88 earned-run averaged. He struck out 31 batters and held opposing batters to a .229 batting average through 48.2 innings.

Jason Botts (Glendale Community College, 2000) outfielder, Piratas de Campeche: Botts has been continuing his success in the Triple-A Mexican League and his eighth season in the minor leagues overall.

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