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Twins’ Aaron Slegers to make MLB debut tonight

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He’s large and in charge of starting the second game of today’s doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians.

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“You all look like ants to me.”
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Last night’s Twins-Indians game was rained out, meaning the two teams are playing a doubleheader today at Target Field, meaning they both also get to call up a 26th man for the second game, meaning the Twins were obviously going to call up a pitcher—and call-up a pitcher they did.

His name is Aaron Slegers, and he will make his major league debut when he starts the second game of the doubleheader tonight.

What’s the biggest thing to know about Slegers? Him. He’s 6’10”. That’s three inches taller than noted tall baseball man Aaron Judge, and just one inch shorter than tallest major league baseball man ever Jon Rauch. They say being tall is good for pitchers, and if that’s true Slegers should be amazing!

Well, at least solid, maybe. That’s what he’s been for the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings this year, where the righty has a 3.18 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 130.1 innings. His last outing down there was August 12th, when two earned runs over 7.1 innings.

So this will be fun! Slegers will wear number 50, and since he’s just serving as the 26th man, he’ll be flown back to Rochester right after the game. The Twins are also adding him to the 40-man roster, but that’s no biggie because there was an open spot anyway.

UPDATE:

Slegers did great!