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Blue Jays pick LHP Travis Bergen in the 7th round of the MLB Draft

After going way off the board with their preceding two picks, in the 7th round the Blue Jays went with a much more known pick, taking 6'1", 205 pound junior LHP Travis Bergen out of Kennesaw State University. This in itself fits a trend of the Blue Jays, as they've taken Max Pentecost (2015) and Chad Jenkins (2009) from KSU in recent drafts, albeit both those were in the first round. In the last 10 years, KSU had has seven players taken in the top 10 rounds, three drafted by Toronto.

Bergen's draft stock was a little all over, ranking as high as 78th by Kiley McDaniel at Fangraphs on his final sortable draft board, and as low as 238th by Baseball America. Perfect Game put him at 101, and at 150th. Here's what had to say about Bergen:

Bergen can hit 94 mph with his fastball, but he usually pitches at 88-92 mph. He lacks downhill plane because he's 6 feet tall and leaves his heater up in the strike zone more than he should, but it's effective because his extreme crossfire delivery produces run and sink and allows him to get inside against righties.

Bergen's breaking ball varies between a fringy slider in the lower 80s and a promising cutter in the upper 80s, and he may want to focus on the cutter in pro ball. His changeup has some sink and is an effective third pitch. He throws enough strikes to remain a starter, though his lack of a true plus pitch gives him little margin for error.

In 2015, Bergen went 6-4 in 14 starts, with a 3.15 ERA in 100 innings, allowing 89 hits with 84 strikeouts against 31 walks. Statistically, he was even better in his sophomore season in 2014, going 9-5 with a 2.89 ERA in 99.2 innings, with only 15 walks against 78 strikeouts, though allowing 105 hits. One thing worth noting is his home runs allowed leaped from from 2 to 11, which is partly a function of new lower seamed balls being introduced, but Bergen was hurt a lot more than the most.

Another thing that makes him typical of a collegiate Blue Jay pick is that he had an excellent summer in the Cape Cod League prior to his draft year. Pitching for Bourne last summer, he starting six games and threw 32 innings, striking out 36 against just 4 walks, while allowing 32 hits.

Here is a link to his Kennesaw State profile page, a feature article by Aaron Fitt of D1Baseball from a March game, as well as some video of him pitching: