Posted 25 February 2013 - 12:47 AM
He would have been up last year if not for missing over 2 months with a broken leg. Believe me, I want to see Slama get an extended look with the Twins to get a chance to prove that the minor league numbers aren't a fluke. As I wrote in the prospect handbook, Slama is really a case of the numbers versus the scouting reports.
The numbers are undeniable. He's been pretty incredible with the strikeouts, the low WHIP and the low ERA while pitching in save situations.
The scouting side of it notices a few things too. 1.) The guy tops out closer to 88 than to 91. Today on the Hammond Stadium radar gun (according to the radio guys), he was hitting 88-89, but that gun is 2-3 mph fast. 2.) Walks have always been an issue (along with working fairly slow because of all the 3-ball counts), and today certainly didn't help that. The walks will bother Gardy more than the hits. 3.) They don't think he'l be able to consistently get left-handed hitters out because of his delivery and where the ball comes out of his hand.
I want to see Slama get a real, extended opportunity. He is a really good person, works really hard, etc. He has put up the numbers, which should count for something, especially the AAA numbers, but he is also what he is in terms of pitches. He doesn't throw as hard or have as much bite on his pitches as guys like Luis Perdomo, Esmerling Vasquez, Casey Fien, and yes, even Jeff Gray. So, I get it, but from a personal level, I want to see him get a chance.