Austin Bergner

Austin Stone Bergner (born May 1, 1997) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Detroit Tigers organization. He previously played college baseball for the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Austin Bergner
Detroit Tigers
Pitcher
Born: (1997-05-01) May 1, 1997 (age 23)
Windermere, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right

CareerEdit

Amateur careerEdit

Bergner initially attended West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida, where he started receiving national attention as a sophomore.[1] He represented the United States U18 team that won a gold medal at the 2014 COPABE Pan American Championships in Mexico. In a game against Cuba, he was brought in to close out the game in the ninth inning, earning the save in a 5–4 win.[2] He subsequently represented Team USA at the 2015 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Japan, where they also won gold. In their opening game against the Czech Republic, he struck out nine batters in six innings to lead USA to an 11–1 mercy rule win.[3] He transferred to Windermere Prep in 2015, the summer before his junior year.[4] That season, he had a 6–1 win-loss record and 0.40 earned run average (ERA) in 52.2 innings pitched. Sports Illustrated named him the #3 high school pitcher in the nation from the class of 2016,[5] and USA Today selected him as the #14 most promising prospect in his class.[6] After his senior year, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 38th round of the 2016 MLB draft,[7] but he did not sign, and instead chose to attend the University of North Carolina to play college baseball. In 2018, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[8]

Bergner throws a fastball between 90–93 miles per hour (144–149 km/h), a curveball and a changeup.[2][9]

Professional careerEdit

Bergner was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 9th round of the 2019 MLB draft.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Longenecker, Clint (October 25, 2013). "Jupiter Day 1:Season's Largest Showcase Begins". Baseball America. Retrieved May 12, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Persinger, Mike (June 19, 2015). "Patriotic to the core: Austin Bergner was born to represent his country". USABaseball.com. Retrieved May 10, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Austin Bergner and offense lead U.S. Under 18 to win in World Cup opener". USA Today High School Sports. August 28, 2015. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  4. ^ Ryzewski, Steven (September 4, 2014). "Windermere Prep's Austin Bergner makes USA Baseball national team". West Orange Times & Observer. Observer Media Group. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  5. ^ Rawnsley, David (June 11, 2015). "Puk, two who could make history lead way-too-early 2016 MLB draft top 5". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  6. ^ Halley, Jim (August 4, 2015). "No. 14 in 60 for 16: Windermere Prep (West Orange, Fla.) pitcher Austin Bergner". USA Today High School Sports. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  7. ^ "Meet the Red Sox' 2016 MLB Draft class". Boston.com. June 13, 2016. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  8. ^ "#53 Austin Bergner - Profile". pointstreak.com. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  9. ^ "Austin Bergner Profile". Prep Baseball Report. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  10. ^ "Bergner draft by Detroit Tigers in 9th round of MLB draft". goheels.com. North Carolina Tar Heels. July 4, 2019. Retrieved July 19, 2019.

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