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Aaron Slegers - 2017

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#21 ashburyjohn

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 08:09 AM

Good stuff. 24 years old, has decent offerings and certainly downward plane on his pitches due to his size. Realize he's only thrown 96 innings at AAA level, but could he be a post all-star break audition callup?

I imagine the Twins brass are happy with his progress but would like to see him continue to develop and demonstrate consistency plus a bit more dominance at AAA. Since he's not on the 40-man, but (I think) needs to be added in order to avoid the Rule-5 draft this winter, the timing of an eventual callup will depend on factors outside his control. Perhaps the trading deadline will clarify things. If not, I hope I'm not jinxing my guy if I foresee a September callup given his current trajectory.

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 08:37 AM

Aaron earned Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day honors for the fourth time so far this season with a 3-0 complete game victory over the Charlotte Knights. The game was the nightcap of a double header, and thus of the 7-inning variety, but he had made only 74 pitches so there's no telling how far he would have gone if allowed. He gave up just 4 hits and 1 walk, notching 5 strikeouts. He was like a man among boys to start the game, retiring the first 9 batters he faced. The only help he really needed came in the fourth inning when catcher Mitch Garver nailed a would-be base-stealer, in advance of a double (which was the only extra-base hit surrendered).

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Posted 24 July 2017 - 06:28 PM

Ho hum - another start, another Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day award.

 

Aaron Slegers struck out as many men as the 7 innings he pitched, in a 7-1 victory over the Toledo Mud Hens on Sunday night. He retired the first 9 batters he faced, and faced only the minimum through 5 innings thanks to a double play in the fourth. Three singles in the sixth plated a run. Then the seventh was easy again, with only a harmless one-out walk. By that point, his pitch count was up to 103, and evidently prudence dictated that his work for the night was finished. So, his final line of 4 hits and 1 walk looks mighty fine.

 

His season ERA now stands at 3.35, and he leads the International League in victories with 11.

 

Aaron seems well on his way to earning a September callup, at a minimum.

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Posted 30 July 2017 - 09:13 PM

Yet another TD Pitcher of the Day award for Aaron. This time it was to mark his eight innings of shutout ball in a return engagement against Toledo on the road. Four hits and no walks is pretty good. The only black mark on the night would be the solitary strikeout he recorded. After his 106th pitch, he turned over the ninth inning to John Curtiss who preserved the 2-0 win.

 

The game lowered Aaron's season ERA to 3.13, and ran his record to a very fine 12-4. He is the first pitcher to win 8 straight games since the working agreement between Rochester and the Twins began in 2003.

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 01:02 PM

Aaron received highest honors as Twins Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month for May 2017!

I see that he was recognized for the same honor for the month of July. Kudos to the young man.

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 12:16 PM

Aaron Slegers did not get the decision in an 8-4 comeback win over Syracuse Sunday afternoon. Rochester did not take the lead for good until the 8th inning. Slegers went only 5 innings and gave up all 4 runs, 3 of them earned, on 7 hits and 2 walks, plus one wild pitch. He did strike out 6. Syracuse didn't break through for a tally until the third, but there were baserunners in every inning.

 

This broke an informal streak of 5 quite good games where he had gone at least six and two-thirds innings. It also broke a streak of 8 straight starts where he was credited with a W.

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 04:58 PM

Slegers started a new winning streak on Saturday, pitching 7 1/3 innings in a 3-2 Red Wings victory over the Norfolk Tides. He gave up 8 hits and no walks while striking out 6. Mason Melotakis took over with a runner on first and went the rest of the way without incident for the save.

 

Aaron's AAA season ERA now stands at 3.18.

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 08:23 AM

He's going to The Show! Derek Wetmore reports (as relayed by TD poster SwainZag) that Aaron will pitch the second game of Thursday's doubleheader, and thus accrue his first day of MLB service time. Fingers crossed!

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 10:58 AM

He dood it!!!

 

Two hits and two walks in 6.1 innings against a potent Cleveland offense. A solo home run in the fourth inning accounted for the only score while he was on the mound, and then a fluke triple after he departed plated the runner from first, denying him the decision in the eventual win. Three strikeouts. Nice debut for the tall guy!

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Posted 23 August 2017 - 08:01 PM

His return to AAA on Tuesday August 22 versus Scranton was a letdown after scaling the heights. Four runs on eight hits and a walk, in only three and a third innings. Two strikeouts, but two home runs.

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 11:27 AM

Aaron started shaky but finished strong, picking up the decision in a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Bisons to run his AAA season record to 14-4.

 

He gave up single runs in the first, second, and fourth innings, but he hung tough and made it through 8 innings before hitting the 100-pitch mark. In the innings they didn't score, the Bisons went 1-2-3. On the offensive side, the Red Wings benefited from a Little League Home Run by Daniel Palka to finally take the lead in the seventh inning.

 

With 10 strikeouts to go with only 5 hits (and no walks), Slegers's pitching line was actually quite nice looking by game's end.

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