Sunday, August 22, 2010

Minor Moves: Bortnick, Wendt

The Tampa Bay Rays have made the following minor league transactions:
  • IF Tyler Bortnick was promoted to the Charlotte Stone Crabs.
  • C David Wendt was promoted to the Bowling Green Hot Rods.

Bortnick was hitting .303/.451/.408 with 32 doubles, 2 triples, 8 home runs, 45 RBI's and 39 stolen bases for the Hot Rods this season. Bortnick was drafted by the Rays in Round 16 of the 2009 Draft and was an all-star in 2009 and player of the week in June of 2010.

Wendt returns to the Hot Rods from the Hudson Valley Renegades. He is hitting .280/.400/.308 combined between the Hot Rods and Renegades this season. Wendt was drafted by the Rays in Round 50 of the 2009 Draft.

Bortnick is scheduled to be with the Stone Crabs on Monday and Wendt with the Hot Rods today.


  1. Here is the complete press release from Tom Gauthier, the Bowling Green Hot Rods Director of Broadcast/Media Relations:

    For Immediate Release

    Prior to today’s game with the South Bend Silver Hawks, Hot Rods second baseman Tyler Bortnick earned a promotion to Charlotte of the Florida State League. He will head to Florida on Monday, August 23, to join the Stone Crabs in Port Charlotte, FL.

    Bortnick’s promotion comes on the heels of his best game of the season on Saturday night. In the series-opener at South Bend, Bortnick picked up four hits and drove in three runs, tying career-highs in both categories. He also scored twice and stole his 39th base of the season, second most on the club.

    He leaves Bowling Green with a .303 average, which would qualify for the highest in team history for players who have enough at-bats. Bortnick finished with 123 hits, 12 shy of the team record set by Tim Beckham during the 2009 season.

    The Mentor, OH, native finished his run in Bowling Green with eight home runs and 45 RBI in 113 games. In addition to batting average, he led the team with 32 doubles, 72 runs, and a team-record 63 walks. He was also hit by a team-high 11 pitches resulting on a .403 on-base percentage.

    He joins a Stone Crabs ball club that clinched a playoff spot in the first half of the season. He will join fellow 2010 Hot Rods Shane Dyer, Chris Murrill, Kirby Yates, and Deivis Mavarez, who have already been promoted to Charlotte.

    Dave Wendt has been recalled from Hudson Valley to take the spot of Bortnick. He is in the starting line-up for today’s game with South Bend.

    Congrats to Tyler and the Bortnick family!

  2. Good move by Tampa Bay, Bortnick played very well for Bowling Green this year and deserved the promotion.

  3. Holy crap I thought he was going to spend the whole season in BG. Is he going to play full time, or split with Hall?

  4. Shouldn't Bortnick's line read .303/.408/.451?

  5. More moves coming up. Players are moving today.

  6. Anon: MiLB is showing Bortnick's line with Bowlings Green as .303 avg, .451 slg, and .408 OBP.

  7. Congratulations Tyler Bortnick! much deserved promotion---Bowling Green's loss and Port Charlotte's gain!