08/26/2017 1:55 PM -
GARY, IN.– The Kansas City T-Bones announced today that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Jared Mortensen from the Texas AirHogs in exchange for right-handed pitcher Calvin Drummond and a player to be named later.
Mortensen was 8-2 for Texas this season with a 2.57 ERA in 10 games. The righty out of the Louisiana State University-Shreveport, appeared in 15 games for the Airhogs working 70 innings with 64 strike outs this season. Mortensen has won his last five decisions giving up eight earned runs in 34 innings pitched with a 2.12 ERA in that stretch.
Mortensen hails from Abbotsford, British Columbia and was a 2015 member of the Canadian National Team that participated in the Pan-Am Games. He began his career in 2013 with the Grand Prairie Airhogs going 4-6 with a 3.77 ERA and was signed as a non-drafted Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Rays during that season. He would spend the rest of 2013 in the Florida State League with Charlotte appearing in four games working 17.1 innings with a 1.04 ERA and a 2-0 record.
In all Mortensen spent parts of three season with the Rays organization reaching AAA Durham in 2015. In 2014, he saw time at both high A Charlotte and AA Montgomery. He would go 7-2 combined with a 4.73 ERA in 85 innings of work. The next season he would spend the bulk of his time at AA totaling 114.1 innings pitched with a 3.78 ERA in the Southern League. Mortensen would post a 7-5 record with Montgomery and finish with two games at Durham going 2-0 in a pair of starts and a 2.77 ERA.
His final season in the Rays system was in 2016 where he worked 72.1 innings at AA Montgomery with a 7-7 record and a 5.23 ERA. Mortensen has spent two winter seasons in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela in his career and began this season at AAA Fresno for Houston in the Pacific Coast League.
Calvin Drummond spent four years with the Detroit Tigers organization before signing with the T-Bones last off season. The right hander out of California was 6-3 with the T-Bones with a 4.85 ERA and 78 strike outs.
The T-Bones continue their seven-game road trip with the second game of a three-game series with the Gary Southshore RailCats tonight at the US Steelyard at 6:10pm. The game can be heard online on the T-Bones Broadcast Network. For additional information or interview requests, members of the media may contact the T-Bones Media Relations Department at 817-739-3693. Tickets are available online, by calling (913) 328-5618 or by visiting in person the Providence Medical Center Box Office.