Pirates Show Interest in Kevin Slowey
The Pittsburgh Pirates, along with the Colorado Rockies, have shown interest in Minnesota Twins right hander Kevin Slowey, according to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports. Slowey is currently on a rehab assignment with Minnesota’s AAA affiliate, with a 2.45 ERA in 7.1 innings. He posted a 4.91 ERA in 14.2 innings with the Twins this year, working out of the bullpen.
Slowey, who is a 27 year old right hander, hasn’t fit in to the Twins plans this year, and has been available the whole season. He would be a good gamble for the Pirates to take, thinking long term. He’s only 27, and in 2008 put up a 3.99 ERA in 160.1 innings, along with a 6.9 K/9 and a 1.3 BB/9 ratio. He’s always kept his walks low, and his strikeout rates have been decent as a starter.
Slowey pounds the strike zone, usually hitting it in 55% of his pitches, which is at least 5% more than the league average. He would be a good gamble for the Pirates to take, as they could use him in relief this year, replacing Chris Leroux for the short term, and could consider him as a starter for the long term. He’s only 27 years old, so there’s a chance he could pull a Paul Maholm and rebound to the strong performances that he put up in previous years.