Minor League Update: Bergman, Jarrard sizzling on diamond

Minor League Update: Bergman, Jarrard sizzling on diamond
Former St. Francis standout Christian Bergman has performed well for triple-A Tacoma. (Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press)

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

Christian Bergman (St. Francis High, 2006) Tacoma Rainiers pitcher: Since returning to Tacoma after nearly six weeks with the Seattle Mariners, Bergman has performed quite well for the triple-A squad.


The former All-Area Baseball Player of the Year is 2-1 since rejoining Tacoma on June 21 after going 4-4 with a 5.44 earned-run average in nine appearances with the Mariners.

Bergman, a right-hander, lost his last start Monday against the Albuquerque Isotopes. Bergman yielded six runs (all earned) on 10 hits in five innings in a 6-5 defeat. Bergman (7-1 at Tacoma) struck out four and walked one.


However, Bergman, who signed a minor league contract with Seattle after previously playing for the Colorado Rockies, was outstanding in his previous start July 9 against the Sacramento River Cats. He tossed six scoreless innings and gave up three hits and struck out five to help Tacoma notch a 12-0 victory.

In 10 appearances (all starts) at Tacoma, Bergman has a 3.59 ERA. He's struck out 45 and yielded 13 walks and 58 hits in 57 2/3 innings.

Through Thursday, the Rainiers were 48-50 and in third place in the Pacific Coast League's Northern Division.

Julian Jarrard (Glendale Community College, 2013), Arizona League Brewers infielder: Jarrard has begun his professional career on an excellent note since signing a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on June 15.

Playing for the Arizona Brewers, the rookie league team for Milwaukee, Jarrard is batting .342 (13 for 38) with one home run and 16 runs batted in. Through Thursday, Jarrard had registered seven doubles and scored five runs in nine games.

Jarrard, a former All-Western State Conference honoree, recorded at least one hit in seven of his first nine games. He's had four multiple-hit games, including a pair of three-hits efforts.

Jarrard homered July 6 against the Arizona Padres. He hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning in a 7-3 defeat.

In his most recent performance, which came July 9 against the Arizona Dodgers, Jarrard collected a two-run double in the fourth to help the Brewers record a 14-13 victory.

The Brewers were 15-6 and in first place in the Arizona League's Central Division.

Ryan Sherriff (Glendale Community College, 2011) Memphis Rebirds pitcher: Sherriff has continued to excel as a left-handed reliever for the triple-A squad of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Through Thursday, Sherriff, a former All-Western State Conference selection, is 4-0 with a 3.05 earned-run average. Sherriff has struck out 37 and walked just eight in 41 1/3 innings spanning 37 appearances. He's allowed 14 runs (all earned) and 32 hits.

Sherriff has picked up two wins in his last three outings. On Tuesday, Sherriff tossed a scoreless inning and earned the win after Memphis scored in the bottom of the ninth inning to record a 2-1 victory versus the Round Rock Express. He struck out one and allowed one hit.

The Redbirds were 62-35 and in first place in the Pacific Coast League's American Southern Division through Thursday.

Cesar Ramos (La Crescenta resident) Lehigh Valley IronPigs pitcher: Ramos has moved on to the next step in his career with Lehigh Valley, the triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies after spending part of last season starting for the Texas Rangers.

Ramos, a left-hander, signed a minor league contract with Philadelphia in January.

Ramos is 4-4 with a 3.99 earned-run average in 24 appearances with the IronPigs, who are in the International League. He's struck out 53 and walked 23 in 65 1/3 innings, while surrendering 37 runs (29 earned) and 62 hits.

In his last outing Tuesday against the Gwinnett Braves, Ramos tossed a scoreless inning. He struck out three and walked two.

The IronPigs were 61-37 and in second place in the league's North Division through Thursday.

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