In 2017, Gercken found success pitching for the New Jersey Jackals in the Can-Am League. Gercken led the team with 43 appearances in 2017. He ended the season with a 2-2 record and a 2.70 ERA that struck out 47 strokes in 46.2 innings. In 2018, Gercken was just as impressive and released a 2.08 ERA and a 2-2 record of 30 appearances.
He did not play during 2020.
Hrbek will participate in his fourth season with professional baseball and his first with the Xs.
Hrbek last played in 2019 in the Frontier League for Evansville Otters. There he collected five rescues on 15 excursions, with a 1.08 ERA. In 16 2/3 rounds he showed electrical things that knocked out 27 strokes while he only went five.
The almost 26-year-old, played for both the Mets and Royals organizations. He spent two seasons with Kansas City on their rookie and Class A level. In 2018 with Class-A Lexington, Hrbek went 4-2 on 24 trips out of the bullpen, put together a 4.50 ERA and struck out 35 strokes in 36 rounds of work.
With Met’s Class A affiliate, Columbia, Hrbek improved those numbers. Goes 4-0 on 20 appearances and a 3.12 ERA. He collected a career-high 50 strikes over just 40 1/3 innings.
By putting together his 2019 campaign between Class-A Columbia and the independent league Evansville, Hrbek went 5-2 in 35 games with a 2.52 ERA. He recorded a 12.2 K / 9 by whipping 77 strokes on 57 rounds of work. While also showing good control on going only 16 to hit a mark of only 2.5 BB / 9.