Douglas Slaten...Is a 1998 graduate of Venice (CA) High School...Also played baseball at El Camino Community College in Torrance, CA, Glendale (AZ) Community College and Pierce College in Woodland Hills, CA.
Began season with Washington...Did not surrender a run in his first 14 appearances (6.1ip) thru 5/5 and recorded a 2.19 ERA (12.1ip/3er) in 22 games thru 6/3...Issued a season-high two walks and suffered first of two losses on 5/12 at Atlanta...Was placed on the disabled list on 6/4 and missed nearly three months of the Nats season with left elbow ulnar neuritis...Posted a 1.74 ERA (10.1ip/2er) and 11 K's in nine rehab appearances at four different locations between 8/12-31...Returned to Washington's active roster in September and was charged with five earned runs in 4.0ip while making eight appearances that month...Suffered loss in final outing on 9/27 at Florida.
Pitched well in first season with the Nationals, both at the Triple-A level (fired 17.0 scoreless innings in 11 games with Syracuse) and in big leagues...served primarily as Jim Riggleman's 2nd lefty option in the bullpen...posted ultra-stingy
.151 batting average against and allowed zero home runs when facing left-handed batters...paced NL left-handed relievers
with a .151 batting average against when facing left-handed hitters (PIT/SFG's Javier Lopez ranked 2nd at .162)...
pitched on zero days' rest 11 times to tune of a 2.45 ERA...in a career-high 40.2 innings, allowed only 7 extra-base hits
and fanned a career-best 8.0 per 9.0 innings...successfully stranded 22 of 26 inherited baserunners (85%)...worked
scoreless ball in 37 of 47 appearances...registered a hold in Nationals debut, a 3-2 win May 10 at NYM...was suspended
3 games (Sept. 10-12 vs. FLA) stemming from a Sept. 1 bench-clearing incident at FLA.
Pitched in just 11 games in 4th and final season with the Diamondbacks...was member of ARI's Opening Day roster, but spent the majority of the season with Reno of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, going 3-2 with 9 saves and a 3.09 ERA in 39 appearances...while in the PCL, registered a healthy 2.7/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio...was touched for just 3
home runs in 43.2 PCL innings.
Held opposing left-handed batters to a .232 average (13-for-56)...With 115 career appearances, ranks fifth among left-handed pitchers in D-backs history...Mike Myers is fourth on the list with 133 appearances as a D-back...Was 0-1 with a 1.54 ERA (2 ER in 11.2 IP) and held opposing batters to a .163 average
(7-for-43) in a 14-game span from April 23-May 27...Posted an 0-3 record and 6.92 ERA (10 ER in 13.0 IP) in 18 games from May 24-July
18...was placed on the disabled list July 19 with a strained right knee...was sent on a
rehab assignment to Tucson (AAA) on Aug. 4 and appeared in 4 games for the Sidewinders
before being resinstated on Aug. 13...Optioned to Tucson on Aug. 24 and recalled when the roster expanded on Sept. 2...made
7 relief appearances in the final month of the season and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits in 3.0
innings...Held opposing batters to a .188 average (16-for-85) and 1.50 ERA (4 ER in 24.0 IP)
when throwing 1.0 inning or more.
Made his professional debut on June 7 with Visalia (A), allowing a run off 2 hits with 8 strikeouts over 5.0 innings in the start against Bakersfield...Pitched in 61 games, 22 of which were appearances of 1.0 or more innings...In games he pitched less than 1.0 inning, he was 0-1 with a 4.61 ERA (7 ER in 13.2 IP) with 15 strikeouts...in games he pitched 1.0 or more innings, he was 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA (4 ER in 22.2 IP) with 13 strikeouts...Entered the game with the bases loaded, striking out 2 batters to retire the side unscathed on April 17 against the Dodgers...Allowed his first inherited runner to score on May 2 at the Dodgers after stranding 8 runners in his first 11 appearances (7.1 IP)...Picked up his first career win on May 19 at Pittsburgh, pitching 1.0 inning of relief...Allowed his first run in 14 appearances from July 1-Aug. 10 to score on Aug. 12 against Washington...Held opponents to a .212 average (7-for-33) over that stretch...From June 28 through the remainder of the season, he allowed 4 ER over 17.1 innings while striking out 14 and picking up 3 holds...Inherited 36 runners this season, allowing 12 of them to score.
2007 postseason highlights: Tossed 1.1 innings of relief over 3 NLCS games against Colorado, allowing 1 hit.
Slaten, a left-handed specialist who can also get out right-handed batters, figures to be the lefty out of the bullpen in 2007. The September callup went 0-0 and did not give up an earned run over 5 2/3 innings (nine appearances). He gave up three hits and two walks over that period. His longest outing of the season was when he threw two innings on Sept. 19 against the Padres.
Pitching for Tennessee, struck out over a batter per inning - 10.6 per 9.0 innings (3rd among Southern League relievers) -in first complete Double-A campaign...yielded just 2 home runs in 61.1 innings...did not allow an extra-base hit to a
left-handed batter all season...went 2-0 with a 6.28 ERA pitching for Phoenix in the prestigious Arizona Fall League.
Began season with El Paso of the Double-A Texas League, but by season's end paced South Bend of the Single-A Midwest League in relief wins with 5...fanned 8.2 per 9.0 innings while in the Midwest League.
Returned to Lancaster of the Single-A California League...made 19 starts, but shifted to bullpen for good in July.
Combined to go 1-6 with a 7.66 ERA in 15 games/8 starts for Lancaster and South Bend.
Made career-high 27 starts pitching for Lancaster...fanned career-best 11 on September 1 vs. San Bernardino.
Dominated in pro debut, posting a 0.96 ERA in 9 games/4 starts with ARI's Rookie-level Arizona Summer League club.