Jared Mortensen experienced big highs in 2015, including a promotion to Triple-A Durham, and now participating in the Double-A Southern League Playoffs with the Montgomery Biscuits.
Mortensen returned from a 2-game stint with the Durham Bulls, earning a win in both outings. With the Bulls season done, the Tampa Bay Rays sent the RHP back to Montgomery to give the team an extra arm in post-season play. He made 17 regular season starts for the Biscuits in 2015, finishing with a 3.78 ERA, and 96 strikeouts in 114 innings of work.
Here’s what Mortensen said about the playoffs, his experience with the Bulls, and the chemistry of the Montgomery squad.
On Being Back with the Montgomery Biscuits after Playing with Durham Bulls: It was an incredible experience to play there in front of 10,000 plus. And to be around those types of guys who know the game so well it really helped me learn a lot more, just from guys who are experienced and understand baseball at its highest level. I'm really excited to be back, playoffs are why you play the game. You want to win and this team is about winning and playing together. I went in 2013 with the Stone Crabs and this season is more special than my time with them. So I'm excited to see what we're really capable of.
On Facing Triple-A Hitters: They have an approach no matter what count it is, whether they sit fastball or breaking ball. They don't swing freely like in AA. So it's a little tougher to get the swing and miss or get a guy to chase a pitch. The other challenge for me was adjusting to the crowd and how intense they are. They really get into it so it was tough to keep my nerves down.
On the Biscuits as a Team: The chemistry these guys have together is unreal. We play for each other. No one is bigger than the team and it shows every day on the field. The Biscuits are hot and we're going to continue to put crooked numbers up and post zeros.
On 2015 Highlight: Clinching the second half in Mobile. Seeing how happy everyone was to be in playoffs is truly a blessing. We all play to try and win every game and get to the post season, and we did it together by being a team that doesn't quit. We made a huge run and dominated the second half together and it was surreal to have it pay off.
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