The Baysox 20th season at Prince George's Stadium is just around the corner. During the past 19 years, hundreds of players have come through Bowie - some have stopped in for just a few weeks and others have been here for years before moving on with their careers. During the offseason, check back to baysox.com to find out where some of those players are now.
Right-handed pitcher Brad Bergesen was drafted by the Orioles in the fourth round of the 2004 First Year Player Draft out of Foothill High School in California. He steadily moved his way up the Orioles Minor League ladder making stops in Aberdeen (2005), Delmarva (2006-07) and Frederick (2007-08) on the way to Bowie.
Bergesen arrived in Bowie in late April 2008 and immediately lit up the Eastern League. He went 15-6 in 23 starts (24 games) with the Baysox and was ultimately named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year and Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the Year. In one of the best seasons by a Baysox pitcher ever, Bergesen set the franchise record for wins in a season while pitching to a 3.22 ERA over 148.0 innings.
After beginning the 2009 season in Triple-A Norfolk, Bergesen was quickly promoted to Baltimore where he made his Major League debut April 21, 2009. He spent most of the next three seasons with the Orioles, going 17-24 with a 4.68 ERA in 83 games (59 starts) between 2009 and 2011.
Bergesen began the 2012 season with Norfolk and went 4-3 in 22 games (10 starts) before being placed on waivers and claimed by the Arizona Diamondbacks in July. He went on to pitch in 19 games for the Diamondbacks, going 2-1 with a 3.64 ERA in 29.2 innings of work. At the conclusion of the 2012 season, Bergesen was released by the Diamondbacks and he signed with the Chunichi Dragons to play baseball in Japan.
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