The Big Man Looks To Impress At Pirates Camp

Pitcher Aaron Slegers Stands 6 Feet 10 Inches

Eric Hagman
February 14, 2019 - 12:37 pm

Eric Hagman 93.7 The Fan

Bradenton, FL (93.7 The Fan) - Say this about Aaron Slegers.  He knows how to make an entrance.  At 6 feet 10 inches, the righthanded pitcher has to duck his head every time he enters the clubhouse at Pirate City.  

Slegers, 26, was claimed off waivers from Minnesota just a month ago.  In camp, he hopes to recapture the form that earned him Twins minor league pitcher of the year in 2017.

"This time last year I was competing for a spot in the rotation with the Twins," Slegers said.  "I went down to Triple-A and was going up and down fairly regularly from Minnesota.  Unfortunately, injuries happen in this business, and I suffered an injury to my shoulder and the Twins decided to go another way.  I'm very fortunate to be here."

Slegers pitched in 4 games for the Twins in 2018, going 1-1 with a 5.27 ERA. In 15 starts for Rochester, he was 5-7 with a 3.80 ERA, after posting a 15-4 record the previous season.  He was designated for assignment on Jan 4 and joined the Pirates a short time after.

"I really try not to look into things I can't control or decisions that I don't have a part of," Slegers said of the end of his Twins career.  "I understand they have a business decision to make and they have other pitchers, and that's fine.  I'm happy to be here and have a new opportunity with a new team."

General manager Neal Huntington says his scouts liked Slegers.

"He wants to be really good at the major league level and has to figure out a way to take that step forward," Huntington said.  "He's still figuring out his body.  There's a lot of moving parts, a lot of length to the moving parts.  He's still figuring out he can be the best pitcher he can possibly be."

Slegers agrees and says he's growing more accustomed to his body every day.

'There's a lot of ligaments and limbs going everywhere and things to control, so that's always a battle."

It's one he hopes to win, so his next great entrance will come at PNC Park.