Mortensen CBN POW, Week XXI

by on August 29, 2013


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* RHP Jared Mortensen (Abbotsford, BC) made the jump from indy ball to affiliated ball after having his contract purchased by the Tampa Bay Rays and opened with 11 scoreless innings. ….

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By George Farelli

Singer George Strait made the city of Amarillo, Tex. famous singing Amarillo by Morning:

Amarillo by morning, up from San Antone.

Everything that I’ve got is just what I’ve got on.

When that sun is high in that Texas sky

I’ll be bucking it to county fair.

Amarillo by morning, Amarillo I’ll be there.


For Jared Mortensen it was a case of getting away from Amarillo.

And he did so after a game against the Amarillo Sox.

RHP Mortensen pitched 5 1/3 innings for the Grand Prairie AirHogs allowing two runs in a no decision in his final independent American Association start. Mortensen allowed two base runners on an error and a walk after that second inning, striking out four in the game and put the AirHogs in a position to win, which they did in 10 innings.

And after the game Matthew Hann of the Tampa Bay Rays purchased his contract and assigned him to the class-A Charlotte Stone Crabs.

The undrafted Mortensen (Abbotsford, BC) from the LSU-Shreveport Pilots went on to pitch 11 scoreless innings to win Canadian Baseball Network Player of the Week honours for Week XXI.

In his final Indy start he was facing an Amarillo roster which contained the likes of: Chris Valencia, selected in the 41st round of the 2005 draft, undrafted Chris Grossman, KC Serna, chosen by the Cleveland Indians in the 42nd round of the 2011 draft.

And in his first start of affiliated ball against the class-A Fort Myers Miracle he went up against prospects Byron Buxton, a Minnesota Twins first rounder — second over-all — from 2012 and Mike Kvasnicka, chosen 33rd overall by the Houston Astros in 2010.

Mortensen tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing two base hits while striking out four hitters to earn his first win, in a 6-0 Charlotte win over Fort Myers before 837 fans st the Charlotte Sports Park.

Mortensen faced 25 hitters and retired eight ground ball outs and eight fly ball outs.

3B Stehpen Wickens (Whitby, Ont.) hit third in the Miracle lineup and was hitless in three at-bats.

In his second outing he worked 4 1/3 innings in a 4-2 Charlotte loss to St. Lucie before 970 fans at Tradition Field.

He gave up only two base hits while striking out seven Mets batters, but was not involved in the decision.

After two appearances, his record with Charlotte is now 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA.

With Grand Prairie he had a 4-6 record, owning a 3.76 ERA. He walked 25 and struck out 94 100 1/3 innings. Mortensen reached or surpassed the seven-inning mark eight times in 2013, including a complete game shutout in the back end of a doubleheader at Sioux Falls.


Player / Class / Team AB R H HR RBI AVG

Maxx Tissenbaum  –  A  Ft. Wayne 13 – 7 – 7 .538

Skyler Stromsmoe  –  AA  Richmond 13 2 7 – – .538

Trevor Gretzky  –  A  Kane  County 21 3 10 – 1 .476

Chris Robinson  –  AAA  Tucson 20 4 9 – 2 .450

Jim Adduci  –  AAA  Round Rock 28 5 12 2 8 .429

Dalton Pompey  –  A  Lansing 19 6 7 2 2 .368

Justin Marra  –  A  Boise 15 4 5 3 7 .333

Justin Atkinson  –  A  Vancouver 22 3 7 – 4 .318

Dustin Houle  –  A  Wisconsin 16 3 5 – – .313

Wes Darvill  –  A  Daytona 20 2 6 – 2 .300

Mike Reeves  –  A  Vancouver 20 2 6 – 1 .300


Drew Miller  –  IND  Trois Rivieres 29 7 12 2 7 .414

Sebastien Boucher  –  IND  Quebec 30 7 11 1 3 .367

Jeff Helps  –  IND  Quebec 22 2 8 – 2 .364

Mark Teahen  –  IND  York 15 2 5 – 1 .333

(Minimum 10 At Bats required.)

(Stats for Houle reflect games with Rookie-clas Helena and class-A Wisconsin)




APP    IP    H    R    ER    BB    K    W – L    SV    WHIP    WK ERA

2     11.1    4    –      –       3      11     1-0        –      0.63       0.00



APP    IP    H    R   ER   BB   K   W – L   SV    WHIP    WK ERA

3     5.2    7     2    2     1    10    2-0       –       1.54       3.46

In his second professional season, Brampton native and Chicago Cubs pitching prospect Rakkar continues to make noticeable improvement in his game. This past week he made three relief appearances and in the process earned two wins and a hold. On Aug. 22nd in 16-11 victory over Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, he tossed 1 2/3 innings, gave up four base hits and two earned runs, and picked up his third win of the season. On Aug. 24th in a 2-1 win over Hillsboro Hops he threw one inning surrendered only one base hit and no runs while striking out two Hillsboro hitters, to earn his first hold. On Aug. 26th in a 4-3 victory over Hillsboro, he pitched three scoreless innings and gave up two base hits and struck out six batters, and earned his second win of the week. His overall record with Boise now stands at 4-1, 1 Save and a 3.63 ERA.



APP   IP     H    R    ER     BB    K    W – L    SV    WHIP     WK ERA

1     5.0     5     1     –        1      6      1-0         –      1.20        0.00

Another excellent outing for the Whitby native on Aug. 24th in a 4-2 victory over Staten Island Yankees, as he threw five scoreless innings allowing five hits, while striking out six Yankees, to earn his sixth win of the season.  His overall record with the Valley Cats improved to 6-0 with a 2.60 ERA.  His six wins place him tied for second most in the Single A New York-Penn League, and the 2.60 ERA rank him third lowest amongst all pitchers in the league.



APP   IP   H    R   ER    BB    K    W – L   SV   WHIP  WK ERA

1     6.0   6     1    1      1      8      1-0       –      1.17      1.50

In his first appearance for Trois Rivieres after a recent stint on the Can Am disabled list, McDonald made an excellent start against provincial rivals the Quebec Capitales on Aug. 24th. In a 4-1 victory, he pitched six strong innings and gave up six base hits and only one earned run, while striking out eight hitters in the powerful Quebec lineup. The win improved his overall record with the Eagles to 3-2 with a 4.93 ERA.



APP    IP     H    R    ER    BB    K    W-L    SV   WHIP   WK ERA   

2   13.1   13    7     7      2      9    2-0      –      1.15      4.81

Richmond made two very good starts for Round Rock this week and in the process, added two more wins to his record. On Aug. 22nd in a 12-3 victory over Oklahoma City RedHawks he pitched seven innings, gave up four base hits and three earned runs, while striking out two Oklahoma batters to earn the win. He followed that up on Aug. 27th in an 8-5 win over Albuquerque Isotopes, when he tossed 6 1/3 innings giving up nine hits and four earned runs while striking out seven Isotopes, and garnered his second win of the week.  His overall record in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League improved to 6-6 with a 5.65 ERA.


Player Movements Week XXI

C Mike Nickeas (Vancouver, BC) – Placed on the Inactive List by Toronto Blue Jays at Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, missed three games and was then re-activated.

INF/OF Pete Orr (Richmond Hill, Ont.) – Called up to the Major League Roster by Philadelphia Phillies from Triple-A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.

LHP Sheldon McDonald (Spruce Grove, Alta.) moved by the Chicago Cubs to Single-A Daytona Cubs from Single-A Kane County Cougars.

C Dustin Houle (Langley, BC) – Moved by the Milwaukee Brewers to Single-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers from Rookie Class  Helena Brewers.

SS Sammie Starr (Toronto, Ont.) – Activated from Disabled List by the Baltimore Orioles at Single-A Frederick Keys.


LHP Brian Smith (Pickering, Ont.) – Activated from the Disabled List by Chicago Cubs at Single-A Kane County Cougars.

3B Eric Wood  (Pickering, Ont.) – Placed on the Disabled List by Pittsburgh Pirates at Single-A West Virginia Power.

LHP Shane Dawson (Drayton Valley, Alta.) – Placed on the Disabled List Toronto Blue Jays at Single-A Vancouver Canadians.

LHP Rob Zastryzsny (Edmonton, Alta.) – Placed on the Disabled List by Chicago Cubs at Single-A Kane County Cougars.



OF Josh Garton (Guelph, Ont.) – Signed as a Free Agent by the Quebec Capitales IND Can Am League.

RHP Jamie Richmond (Mississauga, Ont.) – Signed as a Free Agent by the Quebec Capitales IND Can Am League, and placed on the Inactive List.

C Tommy Tremblay (Boucherville, Que.) – Signs as a Free Agent by Quebec Capitales IND Can Am League, did not appear in a game and was released.

LHP Mark Hardy (Campbell River, BC) – Activated off the Disabled List by Winnipeg Goldeyes IND American Association.

RHP Guillaume Duguay  (Trois Rivieres, Que.) – Playing rights were acquired by Trois Rivieres Eagles from Quebec Capitales IND Can Am League. He signed a contract with the Eagles but did not appear in a game and was released.


C/DH Pete LaForest (Hull, Que.) – Removed from Active Player Roster by the Trois Rivieres Eagles IND Can Am League.

INF Max Poulin (St. Eustache, Que.) – Removed from Active Player Roster by the Trois Rivieres Eagles IND Can Am League. Did not appear in a game.


Previous 2013 POWs

Week I — Jimmy Van Ostrand (Richmond, BC)

Week II – Brock Kjeldgaard (London, Ont.) 

Week II — Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ont.)

Week IV — Sean Jamieson (Simcoe, Ont.)

Week V — Cory Hall (Regina, Sask.)


Week VI – Jameson Taillon (The Woodlands, Tex.)

Week VII — Jordan Lennerton (Langley, BC)

Week VIII — Jordan Lennerton (Langley, BC) 

Week IX – Rene Tosoni (Coquitlam, BC)

Week X – Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ont.), Andrew Albers (North Battleford, Sask.)


Week XI – Tyler Hollick (Calgary, Alta.)

Week XII – Eric Brown (Thunder Bay, Ont.)

Week XIII – Adam Loewen (Surrey, BC) 

Week XIV — James Paxton (Ladner, BC)

Week XV — Rob Nixon (Welland, Ont.)


Week XVI — Dustin Houle (Penticton, BC)

Week XVII — LHP Evan Rutckyj (Windsor, Ont.)

Week XVIII — 3B Eric Wood (Pickering, Ont.)

Week XIX — LHP Scott Diamond (Guelph, Ont.)

Week XX — RHP Tom Robson (Ladner, BC) 




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