Aaron Allan Slegers (pronounced "SLEHgers")... Is a 2010 graduate of Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale, AZ...Was limited to 10.0 innings pitched from 2010 (senior year of high school) to 2012 (red shirt sophomore year of college) with forearm pain, a broken right wrist and a stress fracture in right tibia...Went 6-1 as a junior in high school with 43 strikeouts and a 1.32 ERA in 41.0 innings...Helped ND Prep to finish as 4A State Runner-Up as a junior, while the team won the East Sky Region in both 2009 and 2010...Also played club baseball for the Arizona Diamondbacks Scout Team in 2009 and 2010...Attended Indiana University from 2011-13, going 9-3, 2.29 ERA (114.0ip/29er) with 21 walks and 64 strikeouts in 24 games (18 starts)...Went 9-2 with a 2.04 ERA (106.0ip/24 ER) in 18 starts as a junior in 2013; named a 2013 Louisville Slugger/CollegeBaseballInsider. com All-America.
Began season with Rochester (Twins' AAA) and was the Red Wings' Opening Day starter on 4/9 vs. Syracuse (6.0ip/1er)...Pitched 6.0 scoreless frames in his second start for his first win...Was recalled by Minnesota on 4/26, but did not appear in a game and was optioned back post-game...Went 5-1 with a 1.97 ERA (50.1ip/11er) in his first eight starts with Rochester thru 5/20...Was recalled by Minnesota again on 5/30 and pitched a career-high 5.1 innings of relief that night at Kansas City... Was optioned back to Rochester the next day...Lost five straight Triple-A decisions between 5/25 and 6/30...Was recalled a final time by Minnesota on 7/5...Won his first Major League game after giving up one run in 6.0ip in his start on 7/5 vs. Baltimore...Suffered loss on 7/10 vs. Kansas City (1.1ip/5er)...Was placed on the 10-day disabled list on 7/14 with right shoulder inflammation...Made one rehab start with Rochester on 8/4, but re-aggravated his shoulder injury and was sent back to Minneapolis to continue rehab at Target Field...Was reinstated from D.L. on 9/25...Made final appearance on 9/28 (1.0ip/0r).
Was invite to Twins spring training, reassigned to minor league camp March 13 and began season with Triple-A Rochester ... Named International League Pitcher of the Week July 24, going 2-0, 0.64 (14.0 IP, 1 ER) with two walks and 12 strikeouts in two starts ... Went 9-0, 2.10 ERA (64.1 IP, 15 ER) with 13 walks and 49 strikeouts in a 10-start stretch from June 15-August 12 ... Named Twins minor league Pitcher of the Month for July, going 5-0, 0.99 ERA (36.1 IP, 4 ER) in five starts ... Contract selected as 26th man for doubleheader with Cleveland August 17 ... Made major league debut in a start August 17 vs. Cleveland (Game 2), allowing two runs on two hits in 6.1 innings pitched; did not factor into decision and was returned to Rochester following game ... Set season high with 10 strikeouts for Rochester August 27 vs. Buffalo (8.0 IP) ... Recalled September 4 and spent rest of season with Twins. ALed Twins minor league system in wins (15), innings pitched (148.1), starts (23), and second in strikeouts (119) ... Led all Triple-A in wins and tied with Bowie's (Baltimore) Yefry Ramirez for most in all of Minor League Baseball...ranked fifth in all of Triple-A in innings pitched ... Given 2017 Jim Rantz Award as Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
Spent entire season with Double-A Chattanooga...placed on disabled list July 10 with right biceps tendinitis; reinstated July 26...named Twins minor league Player of the Week September 3, going 1-0, 1.29 ERA (14.0 IP, 2 ER) with three walks and 13 strikeouts in two starts for the Lookouts...led Lookouts in wins (10), starts (25), innings pitched (145.1) and strikeouts (104)...ranked ninth in Southern League in ERA (3.41) among starters and tied for fourth in innings pitched (145.1).
Began season with Single-A Ft. Myers...named Twins minor league Player of the Week after pitching a complete game shutout May 24 vs. Brevard County, allowing three hits and nine strikeouts...pitched back-to-back complete games July 27 (7.0 IP) and August 2 (6.0 IP)...promoted to Double-A Chattanooga August 7...named Twins Minor League Pitcher for the Week for September 3, striking out 13 in 14.0 innings, allowing two earned runs in two starts...finished the season with the second lowest WHIP (1.04) and opponent average (.227) in the Florida State League, as well as the fourth lowest ERA (2.87).
Began season with Single-A Cedar Rapids as one of the team's primary starters...pitched 6.0 innings or more in 11 of his 20 starts, recording a quality start in eight of those outings...promoted to Single-A Ft. Myers August 1 and made three starts for the Miracle to finish the year...ranked third in the Midwest League in walks-per-9.0 innings pitched (1.5).
Spent first professional season with Rookie Elizabethton...allowed just one earned run in nine appearances...walked two and struckout 18 in his 19.0 innings...earned a save in three of his final four appearances, all of which were at least 2.0 inning outings.