MLB breakout contenders: 30-team player ready for spring training games start

MLB breakout contenders: 30-team player ready for spring training games start

Travis Bergen: Bergen showed improved speed and spin last year, convincing the Diamondbacks to accept him as Robbie Ray’s return on the deadline. That didn’t stop the D-Backs from nominating Bergen for an assignment. Never mind; he could still find his way into someone’s reliever pen, whether in Arizona or elsewhere. His fastball, rising two ticks to 92 mph, is effective in the zone thanks to its natural climb and the flat plane created by its size and release point. Bergen’s breaking ball spins at a faster pace than those thrown by many high-quality starters (Gerrit Cole, Lance McCullers Jr., Max Fried), but you wouldn’t have known from the results: he only forced one puff and three. pursuits on 62 locations. If Bergen can just flip it on the plate more frequently as a means of stealing strikes and keeping hitters honest, he should be able to reduce his walking speed and improve the power of his fastball. There is modest potential here.

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