Monday, January 2, 2017

DrB's 2017 Giants Top 50 Prospects: #32 Heath Slatton

Heath Slatton, RHP.  DOB:  9/17/1993.  6'3", 200 lbs.  Drafted on 2015, Round 18 out of Middle Tennessee St U.

2015 R:  3-1, 0.79, 22.2 IP, 1.99 BB/9, 9.53 K/9, 8 Saves.
2016 A:  2-4, 2.37, 49.1 IP, 4.20 BB/9, 8.03 K/9, GO/AO= 1.15, 4 Saves.

Heath Slatton was a teammate of Ronnie Jebavy in travel ball at age 10 and again in college at MTSU. He was plagued by high walk rates in college, but the Giants liked his arm strength and drafted him in Round 18.  Slatton seemed to be on the Closer track in pro ball until late last season when he was moved into the Augusta rotation.  In 5 starts at the end of the season, he allowed just 1 ER in 20 IP with 8 walks and 17 K's.  4 of those walks came in his first start which lasted 4 IP.

I don't have much of a scouting report and I was not able to find any videos, but I found one pre-draft scouting report that had him sitting 88-93 MPH and touching 95-96 MPH.  Heath Slatton should be moving up to San Jose for the 2017 season.  We'll see if he's in the bullpen or the starting rotation.  Either way, he could be a big breakout name by the end of the season.

1 comment:

  1. From Monday, December 21, 2015

    Down on the Farm: DrB's 2016 Giants Top 50 Prospects

    Anonymous December 21, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Wow, what an effort! Thanks.
    Your list (including HM's) includes 19 players from the 2015 draft, 9 in your top 50, 4 in the top 20. Was this an exceptional draft?
    Heath Slatton, another guy from the 2015 draft, pitched very well in rookie league and for Salem as their best closer, picked in the 18th round.
    He didn't make your HM last year but from the 21st pick in the 18th round of 2015 draft (a great class!) Slatton makes your list -- like you said: a sleeper?