Schlereth Replaces Slaten on D-backs Roster

It took Daniel Schlereth less than one year to advance to the majors after getting selected 26th overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks last June. Schlereth will once again team with Clay Zavada, with whom he played in Mobile, and the two will serve as the D-backs' left-handed options out of the bullpen.

Daniel Schlereth has been promoted to the Arizona Diamondbacks today, ousting Doug Slaten from the 25-man roster for the second time his season. Schlereth went 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in 15 appearances for the BayBears prior to the promotion. He walked 13 batters in 19 innings, but only allowed opponents to bat .153 against him.

"He has a major league curveball and a good fastball," said Mark Haley, who managed Schlereth at South Bend last year. "He doesn't lack confidence, and you've got to think you can win the fight every time you come up."

Slaten has allowed eight hits over 5.2 innings at the major league level this year. He has far better control than Schlereth does at this point, as he's allowed just one walk, but Slaten can't come close to Schlereth in terms of pure stuff. Plus, the D-backs already have more of a finesse/control southpaw in their bullpen in the form of Clay Zavada, who has been Schlereth's teammate the past two seasons.

"This is not a situational lefty," D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said of Schlereth this spring. "He's a relief pitcher, a guy that can get both lefties and righties out."

Schlereth becomes the 5th Baybear this season to skip over Triple-A and advance directly to the big leagues, joining Zavada, Kyler Newby, Bryan Augenstein, and Gerardo Parra.

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