Slowey Finally Promoted To New Britain

The Twins made a move that everybody else had been waiting a while for, promoting right-handed pitching super-prospect Kevin Slowey to New Britain of the Eastern League. Slowey joins former teammate Matt Garza, while Garrett Guzman and Matt Tolbert also recieved promotions to New Britain. Jay Sawatski was demoted to Fort Myers as part of the move as well.

The Twins promoted right-handed pitching phenom Kevin Slowey to New Britain on Thursday, a move that has been long awaited. From day one, Slowey has dominated the Florida State League, and was even named the Florida State League All-Star Game's Pitcher of the Game. He will be joined in his call-up by Garrett Guzman, and Matt Tolbert.

The Twins drafted Slowey in the second round of the 2005 draft, and since then he has been on a fast-track through the Minor Leagues. When we spoke to him in May, he gave us an indication on whether or not he was ready for the Eastern League.

"I would like to think I would be able to hold my own in AA, but having never pitched there, I cant really be sure," Slowey explained. "Also, moving up or down in the organization is one of those things that the individual player has very little control over."

For the Miracle this season, Slowey had posted a 1.01 earned run average in 14 starts. He has shown pinpoint control, walking only nine batters in 89.1 innings of work, while striking out 99. To make room, Jay Sawatski will be demoted to Fort Myers.

Guzman, who missed all of last season due to injury, has also played well enough to warrant a promotion. He had been one of the key bats in the Fort Myers lineup all season long, and had given the Miracle plenty of clutch hits. Tolbert is a good infielder, who has shown great strides at the plate. They should fill the voids left by the promotions of Tommy Watkins and Alexander Romero in recent weeks.


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