Where Are They Now? – Kevin Slowey

Posted: May 8, 2012 by Crackin' Wax in 2012, Minnesota Twins, Where Are They Now?
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Kevin Slowey

With the ridiculousness of posting each and every single card that I got in a trade recently, doing so one-by-one at that, I feel I may have temporarily burnt both myself and the rest of the blogosphere out on Crackin’ Wax. Not to worry, never you fret. It wasn’t a break up. Merely a time out. What better way to come back to life than with a WATN post about a guy that few people outside of the AL Central have ever heard of? I can’t think of any.

Slowey, a bit of a bookworm, was drafted by the Twins in the second round of the 2005 Draft. He ascended rapidly through the Twins’ farm system earning his first call-up in 2007. Known for his excellent command of the strike zone, he had posted a 1.54 ERA while racking up 57 K’s and dishing out just 5 walks as a starting pitcher for the AAA squad that year. Slowey gave up just one run in his Major League debut, a 6 Inning start which ended in a Twins win. He earned his first career ML W in his very next start.

While with the Twins, Kevin was compared most often to legendary Twins pitcher Brad Radke. His command of the strike zone was impressive to say the least. In 2008, he tallied 123 strikeouts and pitched two shutouts in just 27 games. In an injury-shortened 2009 campaign, he posted a 10-3 Win/Loss record in just 16 games. However, in 2011, Kevin’s command seemed to derail and never got back on track. He began and ended his season in the bullpen with a miserable 0-8 record, no holds and a 6.67 ERA.

In early December of 2011, Slowey was traded to the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named at a later date. Less than a week later, he signed a deal outright in order to avoid arbitration. However, before he ever had the chance to don a Colorado uni, the Rockies traded Slowey in late January 2012 to the Cleveland Indians for Zach Putnam.

Currently, Slo-mo is being used as a starter for the Cleveland Indians’ AAA team, the Columbus Clippers. As of this posting he is 2-2 in 5 starts but has a fairly high ERA of 5.68 and has given up 6 home runs. It is unclear if Slowey will earn another call-up to the Majors or if we’ll ever see him back here in Minnesota again.

Of all of the recent starting pitchers that the Twins have used, Slowey was by far the biggest surprise. I was surprised at how quickly he made it to the Majors and equally as surprised at how quickly he tumbled back down to the Minors. His pinpoint precision was amazing to watch, especially when he was en-route to a no hitter–which he was eventually denied by his own Manager. Whether from injuries or from a severe lack of confidence, Slowey just hasn’t been the same in the last few years. I certainly wish him the best of luck with Cleveland. He has quite a lot of potential and I would certainly enjoy seeing him realize it once again.

  1. I loved Slowey; prior to his last year, he had one of the Twins highest winning percentages. I miss Slowtime.

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