Monday, July 25, 2011

Could Slowey provide a boost in the stretch run?

The trade deadline is less than a week away and the Twins recent homestand did little to help decide if the Twins will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline. With the deadline looming, there have been many names that have been many Twins players that have been rumored to be part of deals. Players like Michael Cuddyer, Kevin Slowey, and Denard Span find themselves in the heat of the hot stove conversation.

The Kevin Slowey saga has been an interesting story line to follow since the beginning of the season. During Spring Training, he became the odd man out in the battle for a role in the starting rotation. The Twins felt Scott Baker needed more time to warm-up than Slowey and this gave Baker the last spot in the starting rotation. In hindsight, this looks like a great decision since Baker has been the Twins best starting pitcher this season.

From that point, Slowey was relegated to the bullpen to fill various roles for the team. He only made six appearances with the Twins during the months of April and May. Those appearances were separated by different stints on the disabled list with various injuries. In the early months of the season, Slowey let the Twins know that he was uncomfortable pitching out of the bullpen. The Twins placed Slowey on the DL with an abdominal injury and he has now be sent to pitch in the rotation at Rochester.

The starting pitching for the Twins has been very inconsistent over the course of the season. There have been signs of life from the rotation but the starters have struggled to put together a string of consistent outings from the pitching rubber. These inconsistencies could lead to an opportunity for a player to get a chance to show his worth to the team. Anthony Swarzak and Scott Diamond have both shown positive signs in their brief chances with the team.

Could Slowey be the next player given an opportunity to provide a boost to the Twins during the stretch run of the season?

Just a month or two ago this would have been one of the most far fetched ideas for the Twins in 2011. Slowey and the Twins organization seemed to be having a falling out and it looked as if Slowey may never pitch in a Twins uniform again. Both the Twins and Slowey seemed to be handling the situation like boys fighting over matchbox cars on the playground of their elementary school.

The Twins need some kind of help for a pitching staff that is faltering in the dog days of summer. Some in the Twins organization think top pitching prospect Kyle Gibson will not be called up this season because of some of his recent troubles. This leaves very few starting arms that could be ready to help from the AAA. Slowey is the only proven option that has big league experience and he is already on the 40-man roster for the Twins.

Tonight in Rochester, Mr. Slowey will take the mound for what could be his last start in the Twins organization. There will be many scouts on hand to see what Slowey has to offer their own teams in the heat of the pennant race.

The idea of bring Slowey back into the fold for the Twins could be very far fetch. There seems to have been some bridges burned between the two parties that could be very hard to repair. Also bringing Slowey into a clubhouse with decent chemistry could offset the balance of a team trying to stay in the pennant race.

But the thought of having a pitcher with a lot to prove to the world is an idea that is worth exploring...

No matter how far fetched it may seem.

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