|Anthony Slama has|
pitched in 194 minor
league games with a
Roster status: 40-man roster, two options remaining
Chances of making roster: Slim
Anthony Slama was a 39th-round draftee. He is generally described as having "average" stuff and his control record isn't good. He just gets outs -- or at least he has in the minors.
He's a test case for stat analysis of minor leaguers versus the traditionalist approach. The stats say he should have gotten a shot a couple years ago, much less now; the Twins, a bastion of traditional tools scouting, clearly doubt that his package of skills will translate in the majors.
Slama didn't do himself any favors on Monday when he gave up two runs on four hits and a walk. A bad outing on Feb. 28 shouldn't cripple his chances, but Ron Gardenhire and Rick Anderson have a lot of other possibilities to choose from.
He'll probably have to return to Rochester, get more outs there and wait for somebody with more impressive talent to fail or get hurt to get another call. It may not be fair, but it's reality.