Position: P Date of Birth: 06/01/1988 Height: 5' 0" Weight: 205 lbs
Bats: L Throws: R Resides: Irving, TX
Biography: Jared Mortensen returns to Kansas City where he spent the last few weeks of the 2017 season after pitching for the Texas AirHogs. KC traded for the righty on August 15th in exchange for a player to be named later to complete the June 27 trade and as part of the April 17 trade between the two clubs. This season, the right-hander has gone 4-5 with a 4.00 ERA for Cleburne. He notched 96 strike outs in 110 innings with 47 walks and allowing 100 hits while with the Railroaders. Mortensen has tossed seven quality starts of three earned runs or less going at least six innings and he has worked at least six innings in 13 of 17 starts in 2018. In two games against Kansas City he allowed seven runs in 16.2 including an eight-inning gem on July 1st at Cleburne. Mortenson held KC to two earned runs, while striking out 11 and scattering nine hits in a 5-2 win for the Railroaders.
Mortensen was acquired last season by the T-Bones on August 26, 2017 from the Texas AirHogs in exchange for right-handed pitcher Calvin Drummond and a player to be named later. In two starts for the T-Bones the resident of Irving, Texas worked 12 innings giving up 18 hits and 10 earned runs with 13 strike outs and three walks and a 0-0 record. Mortensen was 8-2 for Texas in 2017 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 won his last five decisions giving up eight earned runs in 34 innings pitched with a 2.12 ERA in that stretch in 2017. 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 the 2017 season at AAA Fresno for Houston in the Pacific Coast League.