Christian has pitched in parts of five seasons with the Rockies (2014-16) and Mariners (2017-18), and signed a minor league deal with the Cubs in January of this season ... Is 11-15 with a 5.59 ERA (134 ER/215.2 IP) in 71 major league games, including 25 starts ... has walked 49 and struck out 130 ... In 46 career relief appearances, is 4-3 with a 5.42 ERA (52 ER/86.1 IP) ... is 7-12 with a 5.71 ERA (82 ER/129.1 IP) in 25 career starts ... Has pitched in all or parts of nine minor league seasons since 2010, going 57-44 with four complete game shutouts and a 4.04 ERA (388 ER/865.0 IP) in 154 games, all but 10 as a starter ... Was selected by Colorado in the 24th round of the 2010 draft out of the University of California, Irvine ... signed with Seattle as a minor league free agent in December of 2016 ... Earned All-Big West first-team honors in sophomore year at Cal-Irvine, going 5-2 with a 1.94 ERA ... was All-Big West second team his junior year after going 9-3 with a 3.50 ERA ... Graduated from St. Francis (Calif.) High School ... as a senior, went 10-2 with a 1.54 ERA and hit .343 ... was named the 2006 Mission League MVP and All-California Interscholastic Federation first-team member.
Christian spent a majority of the season at Triple-A Tacoma, going 8-10 with a 5.08 ERA (80 ER/141.2 IP) in 26 games (25 starts) ... went 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA (9 ER/14.0 IP) in three games (two starts) with Seattle ... Had three stints with the Mariners: May 16-17, July 13 and August 15-18 ... Made a spot start for Seattle, May 16 vs. Texas and tossed 7.0 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out five ... retired his first 14 batters faced until allowing a two-out fifth inning single to Isiah Kiner-Falefa ... At Triple-A, struck out 113 batters while walking just 39 ... surrendered two or fewer walks in 20 of 25 starts, and allowed one or fewer free passes in seven-straight starts from June 23-July 29 ... Tossed 6.0 or more innings in 10 of 25 starts, including five-straight outings from May 11-June 6.
Had three stints with the Mariners in which he went 4-5 with a 5.00 ERA (30 ER/54.0 IP) in 13 games, including eight starts ... was with the big league club May 7-June 20, August 12-13 and August 28-September 1 ... In five big league relief appearances was 0-1 with a 2.38 ERA (3 ER/11.1 IP) ... was 4-4 with a 5.70 ERA (27 ER/42.2 IP) in eight starts ... Made two starts of 7.0-plus innings while allowing no runs (7.1 IP May 17 vs. Oakland and 7.0 IP May 28 at Boston) ... In 16 starts with Triple-A Tacoma, was 9-4 with a 5.34 ERA (51 ER/86.0 IP) with 63 strikeouts and 18 walks ... Went 5-0 with a 2.17 ERA (7 ER/29.0 IP) with 24 strikeouts in his first five games to start the season with Tacoma.
Made Colorado's Opening Day roster for the second consecutive year in his final season with the organization ... in 15 outings (one start) for the Rockies, went 1-3 with an 8.39 ERA (23 ER/24.2 IP) with 22 strikeouts ... Landed on the D.L. with a strained left oblique, May 20-July 9 ... was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on July 9 ... recalled by Colorado on August 16 ... Made 10 starts with Albuquerque, going 3-3 with a 3.66 ERA (21 ER/51.2 IP) and 33 strikeouts.
Appeared on his first Opening Day roster, going on to make 26 relief appearances and four starts for Colorado. Made the Opening Day roster for Colorado before being optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque June 10 … was recalled June 18. Placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder fatigue June 30 and reinstated Aug. 1. Went 3-0 with a 4.10 ERA (52.2 IP, 24 ER) in 26 relief appearances, 0-1 with a 6.89 ERA (15.2 IP, 12 ER) in four starts. His last three appearances of the season were all starts … went 0-1 with a 9.26 ERA (11.2 IP, 12 ER). Pitched two or more innings in 18 of his 24 relief appearances, tied for second-most in the Major Leagues. In 19 appearances with one start prior to stint on the disabled list, was 2-0 with a 4.66 ERA (38.2 IP, 20 ER) … went 1-1 with a 4.85 ERA (29.2 IP, 16 ER) in 11 appearances, three starts, after his return from the disabled list … in eight relief appearances after return from the disabled list, was 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA (18.0 IP, 4 ER). Earned the win in his frst Major League relief appearance April 10 in the home opener vs. Chicago-NL … previous 10 career appearances were starts.
Got a taste of the big leagues in 2014, making 10 starts for Colorado...he made his Major League debut on June 9 vs. Atlanta...he was sidelined with a fractured left trapezium and missed 51 games...Took the loss in his MLB debut but allowed just two runs in 6.0 innings...became the 10th Rockie to record a quality start in his Major League debut (last: Christian Friedrich May 9, 2012 at San Diego)...became the second Rockie to start a game in his debut in 2014 (Eddie Butler, June 6 vs. Los Angeles-NL) and the 29th starting pitcher to make his ML debut as a Rockie...In his second career start, Bergman did not issue a walk on June 14 at San Francisco...he is the fourth Rockies starter to go without a walk in either his first and/or second career starts...Tyler Matzek (June 11, 2014), Franklin Morales (Aug. 18, 2007) and Mike Snipe (June 25, 1998) all achieved the feat in their first career starts...on the year, Bergman did not issue a free pass in six of his 10 starts...he is the first Rockies starter to have five or more games of no walks over their first 10 career starts...his 10 walks in his first 10 starts are the fewest walks allowed by a Rockies starter in their first 10 starts...Made five rehab appearances on his way back to Colorado...he began with two starts at Double-A Tulsa allowing a combined three runs over 9.0 innings...he then made three starts for Triple-A Colorado Springs...three of his five rehab starts were at least 6.0 innings including a 7.0 inning game on Aug. 13 at SAC (4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO)...At Triple-A Colorado Springs, he went 4-4 with a 3.84 ERA (75.0 IP, 32 ER) in 12 starts...he went 1-0 with a 2.04 ERA (35.1 IP, 8 ER) in 5 home starts and 3-4 with a 5.45 ERA (39.2 IP, 24 ER) in seven road starts...in a four start stretch (May 3-19), Bergman allowed just one run over 30.0 innings including three starts of at least 8.0 innings...Bergman had a 26.2 consecutive home scoreless innings streak in May (May 3-June 3)...it was the longest home scoreless streak in the 27-year history of the Sky Sox...his streak broke former Sky Sox Colby Ward's 21.1 innings at home without allowing a run, which occurred during the 1990-91 seasons...Bergman also had the fourth-longest overall scoreless streak in Sky Sox history by a starter with 21.2 scoreless frames from April 28-May 13.
Named a Texas League Postseason All-Star and Texas League Mid-Season All-Star after going 8-7 with 3.37 ERA (171.0 IP, 64 ER) over 27 starts at Double-A Modesto...Was named the TL Pitcher of the Week ending 8/4 after limiting ARK on 8/2 to just three hits, while striking out six and walking three to lead the Drillers to a 5-0 win on the road in Springdale...Baseball America labeled him Best Control in the Rockies system following the season.
Named a MiLB.com Organization All-Star, California League Postseason All-Star and CAL Pitcher of the Year after going 16-5 with 3.68 ERA (162.2 IP, 66 ER) over 27 starts at High-A Modesto...His 16 wins were tied for the most in all of MiLB (T.J. McFarland, AAA Columbus)...ranked third in the CAL for ERA and fifth among Rockies full-season hurlers...went 4-0 with a 1.97 ERA in July over five starts (32.0 IP, 7 ER)...ranked 28th-best prospect among Rockies by Baseball America.
Spent the entire season in the starting rotation for Short Season Tri-City where he made 15 starts, including two 9.0-inning complete game shutouts...was named a Northwest League All-Star, NWL Pitcher of the Week (8/15-22), Rockies organizational Pitcher of the Month for August and the Northwest League Postseason Pitcher of the Year after leading the NWL in innings pitched, shutouts, complete games and WHIP and tied for first in wins...also finished third in the NWL in opponent average and ERA...at one point won four straight starts from 7/23-8/9...carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning in Game 1 of the NWL Semifinal series against Boise...in Game 2 of the NWL Finals, he held Vancouver to just two runs over 6.0 innings on the road in an elimination game...his 13.0 innings and 12 strikeout led all NWL pitchers in postseason play.
Spent his first professional season at Rookie Level Casper where he was primarily used as a reliever...made five starts in the middle of the season going 1-3, 5.91 (21.1 IP, 14 ER) compared to 0-1, 6.00 (27.0 IP, 18 ER) in nine relief appearances.