Minnesota Twins pitching phenom Kevin Slowey will take the ball for the big league club on Friday, as the team will play the Oakland Athletics. Coming off a three-game sweep of the division-rival Chicago White Sox, the Twins will need slow to help them continue their winning ways. Slowey, was is rated by some publications as the team’s top prospect, was currently baffling batters in the International League.
The Minnesota Twins draft Slowey in the second round of the 2005 draft, taking the young right-hander out of Winthrop University. Slowey blazed through the Twins minor league system in 2006, becoming one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. After starring for Fort Myers and New Britain, Slowey pitched for Team USA, setting himself up for his first stint of Triple-A ball in 2007.
This season, Slowey has used his trademark control to become the top pitcher in a very pitcher heavy International League, posting a 1.54 earned run average in his nine starts. In those starts, Slowey tossed three complete games, walking only five batters in 64.1 innings of work. The young right-hander struck out 57 in that span, holding the opposition to a .200 batting average.
For some, the promotion of Slowey was a long time coming, as many believed he should have been in the rotation a month ago. His promotion also could signal the start of the Twins move to the youth in the rotation, as Matt Garza should follow him to Minnesota very soon.
Slowey will face left-hander Joe Kennedy in the series opener.
The Athletics are currently 26-26 on the young season, good for third in the American League West. The Twins are now only 5.5 games out of first after the sweep of the White Sox, and the team appears to be headed in the right direction.