Player Spotlight - Clayton Mortensen

The Cardinals first round supplemental pick (36th overall) in the 2007 draft picked up Swing Player of the Week honors on Monday.

In two starts at South Bend and West Michigan last week, righthander Clayton Mortensen struck out 14, walked only three, and allowed just two earned runs.

In his 17 innings since joining the Swing on July 17, Mortensen has 23 strikeouts against only four walks. Mortensen, the Cardinals supplemental-first round pick in the 2007 draft, did not earn the decision in either of the Swing victories following his starts on July 30 and August 4.

Clayton Mortensen, a 6'4" righty out of Gonzaga University, who is doing very well in pro debut had a 1.77 ERA with Batavia (low-A) before joining Quad Cities.

The scouting report on Mortensen is that he's got three usable pitches, a fastball in the low 90's that sinks well, a slider and a changeup. Mortensen's body frame appears that it will able to handle added strength, which could make his fastball even better.

Mortensen who has had a history control problems, needs to make sure he locates his fastball consistently, something that he has improved on significantly in his most recent outings with Quad Cities, just four walks in 17 innings, down from 11 walks in 20.1 innings with Batavia.

The Player of the Week honors this week will probably not be the last time the spotlight shines on this top tier prospect.


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