|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Born: September 4, 1992|
|August 17, 2017, for the Minnesota Twins|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2018 season)
|Earned run average||5.90|
Aaron Allan Slegers (born September 4, 1992) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played college baseball at Indiana University Bloomington for the Indiana Hoosiers. He has previously played for the Minnesota Twins.
Slegers attended Notre Dame Preparatory High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. He pitched for the school's baseball team, spending most of his junior year on the junior varsity team. He underwent a growth spurt between his junior and senior years, increasing from 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) to 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 m), and resulting arm pain as his bones grew faster than his tendons limited him to only two innings pitched in his senior year. He enrolled at Indiana University Bloomington, where he made the Indiana Hoosiers baseball team as a walk-on. He threw one inning before he suffered a broken wrist when hit by a line drive. The next year, he had a stress fracture in his right tibia. His injuries limited him to throwing 8 1⁄3 total innings in his freshman and sophomore years. In 2013, his junior year, Slegers helped Indiana win the Big Ten Conference's regular-season championship and the conference tournament, and Indiana appeared in the 2013 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. He was named the Big Ten Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Year after going 9-2 with a 2.04 ERA.
The Minnesota Twins selected Slegers in the fifth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft. He signed with the Twins, receiving a $380,000 signing bonus. He made his professional debut that year with the Elizabethon Twins of the Rookie-level Appalachian League, compiling a 0.47 ERA in 19 innings pitched. He began the 2014 season with the Cedar Rapids Kernels of the Class A Midwest League, and was promoted to the Fort Myers Miracle of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League in July. In 23 total starts between both clubs, he pitched to a combined 9-8 record with a 4.53 ERA. He returned to Fort Myers in 2015, and after pitching to an 8-6 record and a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts, he was promoted to the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Class AA Southern League in August. In six starts for the Lookouts, he was 1-4 with a 4.91 ERA. He pitched for Chattanooga in 2016 and compiled a 10-7 record with a 3.41 ERA in 25 starts.
On August 17, 2017, Slegers made his major league debut for the Twins. He was optioned back to Rochester the next day, and was recalled on September 4. In 24 starts for Rochester he was 15-4 with a 3.40 ERA, and in four games (three starts) for Minnesota, he was 0-1 with a 6.46 ERA. Slegers began 2018 with Rochester and was recalled by the Twins on April 26.
Slegers was designated for assignment on January 3, 2019.
On January 11, 2019, Slegers was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Slegers was designated for assignment on March 28, 2019, after the contracts of Melky Cabrera, Francisco Liriano, and J. B. Shuck were selected.
Tampa Bay Rays
On March 30, 2019, Slegers was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for cash considerations. On May 16, 2019, Slegers was designated for assignment by the Rays without appearing in an MLB game for them.
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- "Lookouts' Aaron Slegers provides hope on the hill". Chattanooga Times Free Press. May 1, 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
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- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)