June 24, 2008

Anthony Slama Q&A

Anthony Slama was selected in the 39th round of the 2006 draft. At 24-years-old, he doesn't get the respect that he should for being one of the top pitching prospsects in the entire system. So far he has a 1.03 ERA in just under 70 innings pitched. He has struck out 112 in that same period of time while walking just 22 walks allowed. The 6'3'' right-handed pitcher has had a great 1/2 season so far in Ft. Myers with a 2-0 record and a 0.47 ERA in 38 innings to go along with his 63/12 K/BB ratio. If he keeps it up, he should be in New Britain before the end of the season. Hope you enjoy!

Josh's Thoughts: Before you were drafted by the Twins in 2006, what other teams were interested in you?
Anthony Slama: I'm not sure which teams were interested in drafting me, I had only a few converstaions with scouts before I was taken in the draft by the Twins.
Josh's Thoughts: What was it like to hear your name called on draft day?
Anthony Slama: I actually didn't hear my name. I was in the process of moving out of my college house and back to Orange County when my mom and dad called me.
Josh's Thoughts: What is your pitching repertoire?
Anthony Slama: I throw a fastball, slider and change-up.
Josh's Thoughts: What would you say is your strikeout pitch?
Anthony Slama: My strikeout pitch is my fastball.
Josh's Thoughts: How does it feel to be named a Florida State League All-Star?
Anthony Slama: I feel truly honored to be called an "All-Star."
Josh's Thoughts: When you were growing up, what team(s) did you follow?
Anthony Slama: I grew up a Dodgers fan.
Josh's Thoughts: Who were your favorite players when you were growing up?
Anthony Slama: Brett Butler, Roger Clemens and Mark Prior.
Josh's Thoughts: Who has been the biggest influence in your career?
Anthony Slama: My mom and dad and my coaches.
Josh's Thoughts: Do you feel that attending college has helped with your transition into professional baseball?
Anthony Slama: Definitely. College made me a more mature ballplayer and person.
Josh's Thoughts: What is your goal for the remaining of the season?
Anthony Slama: My goal is to pitch well, stay healthy, and help my team win.
Josh's Thoughts: What do you like to do in your free time?
Anthony Slama: I like to read, watch movies, listen to music and play computer games.
Josh's Thoughts: What are your interests besides baseball? Favorite music, movies, other hobbies etc.
Anthony Slama: I listen to a lot of Rock and I play a little guitar.

Josh's Thoughts: If you weren’t playing baseball, what else would you be doing?
Anthony Slama: Working at a job
Josh's Thoughts: Any nickname?
Anthony Slama: Slama
Josh's Thoughts: What is something people would be shocked to know about you?
Anthony Slama: I have a dog named David Bowie.
Josh's Thoughts: What are your goals for the season? Long term?
Anthony Slama: I want to win a championship this season and long term i want to play in the major leagues for the Minnesota Twins.
Josh's Thoughts: Thanks Anthony! Best of luck to you for the rest of the season.


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