By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Right-handed pitcher Patrick Christensen enjoyed a dominant career as the hammer at the back of the bullpen for La Salle University.
He graduated in 2013 tied for 5th, all-time, in saves in Division I history with 44.
Last June, he was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 27th round, and since turning pro he has not missed a beat.
Christensen is currently in the bullpen for Houston’s Single-A team in the Midwest League, the Quad Cities (Iowa) River Bandits.
“So far things have been going pretty well,” Christensen tells KYW Newsradio. “I’m glad that things have been working out and hopefully, I keep getting a shot to pitch and move in the organization if they give me one. So I’m liking where things have gone so far and hopefully, they continue to go well for me.”
In eight games this season, Christensen, a side-armer, is 1-1 with a 1.13 ERA in eight innings. He has struck out nine and walked two, while allowing just five hits.
This success comes after he put together a 2.57 ERA in 23 games last season in his first taste of professional baseball. One of the most impressive things about Christensen is how he doesn’t beat himself. In 36 innings as a pro, he has walked just five batters. Needless to say, the transition from college to the pros has been quite smooth.
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