Rays Acquire Aaron Slegers From Pirates, Move Banda To 60-Day IL

Rays Acquire 6’10” Slegers From Pirates

Tampa Bay Rays Acquire Slegers
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The Tampa Bay Rays acquired right handed pitcher Aaron Slegers from the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations and assigned him to the Triple-A Durham Bulls.  To make room on the 40-man roster Tampa Bay transferred Anthony Banda, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, to the 60-day injury list.

Slegers, 26, was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 5th round in 2013 out of the University of Indiana.  He appeared in eight games with Minnesota between the 2017-2018 season making five starts posting a 1-2 mark with a 5.90 ERA over 29 innings of work.

He was designated for assignment by Minnesota in January and claimed by the Pirates who then designated him for assignment at the end of spring training.

Although the 6-foot 10-inch righty hasn’t had much success at the big league level, but he was the Minnesota Twins pitcher of the  year in 2017 posting a 15-4 mark with a 3.40 ERA.

In 223.2 Triple-A innings of work he’s pitched to a 3.54 ERA in 233 2/3 innings with 6.8 strikeouts per nine innings (K/9) and 1.8 walks per nine (BB/9).



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