Name: Kevin Slowey
Position: Starting Pitcher
DOB: May 4, 1984
The Minnesota Twins selected Kevin Slowey in the second round of the 2005 draft after a standout career at Winthrop University. While in college, Slowey got off to a fast start to his career, as he struck out an unbelievable 19 batters in one game as a Freshman. From there, he was all over the Major League scouts radar, as he finished his collegiate in grand fashion as well. During his last year at Winthrop, Slowey went 11-1, and struck out 134 batters in 136 innings of work.
More impressive was the fact that he walked only thirteen batters during the entire season, as he led the nation in strikeout to walk ratio. The Twins signed him for a shade under 500,000 dollars, and he quickly showed he was ready for professional baseball. Starting off in the Appalachian League playing for Elizabethton, Slowey dominated, and finished the year in Low-A Beloit.
He appeared in only four games for the Elizabethton, working exclusively out of the bullpen, and quickly showed he belonged to be playing in a higher level. In eight innings of work, Slowey held the opposition to a .080 batting average, and struck out 15 batters. Again he showed excellent control, walking no batters the entire time he was in the Apply League, prompting the Twins to promote him to full-season Beloit.
For Beloit, Slowey moved back into his natural role as a starting pitcher, and the young righty appeared to not miss a step. Overall, Slowey appeared in 13 games for the Snappers, starting nine, and appeared just as dominant as he was in the Appalachian League.
Statistically, Slowey appeared to be the most dominant pitcher on the team while he was in the Midwest League, and again showed pinpoint control to overmatch his opposition. He struck out 69 batters, walked only eight, and held the opposition to a .183 batting average. For the season, Slowey finished with a 3-2 record, and ended the year with a 2.24 earned run average in Midwest League play.
The biggest highlight of Slowey's season was a near no-hitter against West Michigan, as he struck out ten batters, and allowed a hit with two outs in the ninth. The emergence of Slowey has plenty of people within the organization excited about what he brings to the system.
Repertoire: Four-Seam Fastball, Two-Seam Fastball, Slider, Curveball, Changeup
Fastball. Slowey does not have an overpowering fastball, but he should be able to add a couple miles per hour to it as he continues to grow into his body. During the game, Slowey's heater sits in the high-80s, but he has been known to top out in the low-90s. The best part of his fastball is the fact that it has tremendous late movement, and with the way he hides the ball, it gives his heater the look of one that is much faster. If he can get his fastball to sit in the 88-91 miles per hour range, it should be an even better compliment to his other pitches.
Other Pitches. When we spoke to Slowey back in December, he told TwinCitiesDugout.com that he considers his slider to be his outpitch, but it could be any of his other pitches as well. While his slider is a plus pitch, he also has a tremendous changeup, and is beginning to really develop his curveball. Instructional League definitely helped him with his pitches, and the best part is the kind of command he has with all his pitches. Coupled with his fastball, Slowey has one of the better arsenals in the organization.
Pitching. What sets Slowey apart from every other player in the Twins organization is his uncanny control. Stemming from his collegiate days, Slowey has showed the very rare ability to spot his pitches wherever he wants them. He also will throw any pitch he wants in any situation, leading to a lack of walks. He is the kind of pitcher that players love to play behind, due to his ability to throw strikes, and keep the game moving.
Projection. Slowey projects as a starting pitcher, but could be very valuable in any situation in the game. He showed the ability to not only be a top of the line starter, but also showed the ability to dominate out of the bullpen, which is something that any team would love to have. He is the kind of player that loves to get his work in, and sometimes works harder on his off days than he does on his work days. He is also the kind of player that will do whatever is asked of him. When we spoke to him a few months back, he told us he would do whatever the Twins wanted him to do, and that is something that is going to enable him to move quickly through the system.
ETA. 2007. Slowey is one of the closest young players to the Major Leagues, and could be in the rotation for the Twins during the 2007 season. He has unbelievable control, and he uses a great arsenal to get people out. He knows how to pitch, and he should be one of the anchors in a very tough Rochester Red Wings rotation in 2007. He should be a top pitcher in the International League in 2007, and may be counted on to help the Minnesota Twins repeat as American League Central champions in 2007.