In the Major League portion of the Rule 5 draft, the Mets selected Justin Slaten from the Texas Rangers. Shortly after the draft, Slaten was traded to the Boston Red Sox for cash and left-handed pitching prospect Ryan Ammons. Justin Slaten, we hardly knew ye.
Ammons, who had a successful collegiate career at Clemson, was drafted earlier this year in the tenth round by the Red Sox. He began his senior year as a starter, but after suffering a forearm strain, he returned as a reliever. Whether or not that role will continue forward is anyone’s guess.
Here’s what SoxProspects.com has to say about Ammons:
Low-90s [fastball]. Tops out at 94 mph. Control is ahead of command. Has shown bat-missing ability in college. Slider [is his] primary secondary offering. [Also features a] show-me splitter, thrown to both sides of the plate.
Summation: Intriguing fastball/slider combination from the left side. Has some effort in delivery, but showed bat-missing ability against high-level competition in college. Unclear if he will be developed as a starter or reliever.
For a team with so many needs in the bullpen, it is a little surprising that the Mets did not keep Slaten for themselves, as he had an excellent year between Double-A and Triple-A last season in the Texas system.
From Sports Illustrated:
The 26-year-old posted a 2.87 ERA with an 86-to-20 strikeout-to-walk ratio, .206 batting average against and 1.07 WHIP in 59 2/3 innings between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock last season.