It’s Slama-time at Rochester

Posted on August 12th, 2009 – 3:00 PM
By La Velle

Class AA New Britain righthander Anthony Slama has been promoted to Class AAA Rochester to replace Jeff Manship, who’s now with the Twins.

Slama, in 51 games at New Britain, was 4-2 with a 2.48 ERA while saving 25 games in 28 opportunities. He walked 32 batters in 65.1 innings but struck out 93 and held opponents to a .2o1 batting average.

It’s a great move for Slama, who was 24 years old in A ball last season, causing me to scratch my head. But hey, I’m not a farm director. All I remember about Slama was that he appeared at this year’s Diamond Awards to accept his award for being the Twins minor league pitcher of the year.  He was supposed to accept the award, answer a couple of questions from Dick and Bert, then roll out.

Slama sees a microphone, rolls up to it, and delivers a speech. His was the first award of the night, so everyone who followed him felt they had to speak too. Thanks to Slama, the program ran 25 minutes long. The Twins players were killing him after the banquet. It was pretty funny. Slama’s a cool dude and handled it well.

It will be interesting to see who replaces Manship in Rochester’s rotation. They might have to keep Gambino in there.

Updates: Loek Van Mil has been promoted to New Britain. Bobby Lanigan has been promoted to Fort Myers. Brad Stillings has been promoted to Beloit. And, IIRC, Kelvin Mota and Jhon Garcia to E-Town.

Wilson Ramos has been activated from the DL and returned to New Britain.

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