Dan Slania | RHP, 21 yo, 6-5, 275 | 2013 Draft – 5 | (A-) 12 G, 13.2 IP, 3.95 ERA, 8.6 H/9, 2.0 BB/9, 9.2 K/9
Another arm from the 2013 draft, Slania was the second pitcher taken by the Giants last summer. He’s a big, big righty out of Notre Dame, where he was used strictly as a reliever in three seasons. He was one of the top closers in the country the last couple years, saving 13 games each in his sophomore and junior campaigns. Big Dan combines a power fastball and slider with excellent command, but it sounds like he might have a starter’s arsenal of pitches in his belt. His collegiate workload increased pretty significantly in 2013 (59 IP in 24 appearances), and there was even talk on draft day of the Giants stretching him out as a starter. That didn’t come to fruition in his brief professional action last summer, but I wouldn’t completely rule it out going forward. If the Giants decide to keep him in the bullpen, he’ll add another name to the growing list of exciting power righties in the organization.
They said it: “From a scouting perspective, Slania is one of the top relief pitchers in all of college baseball. His fastball touches 95 and his power slider sits in the low-mid 80s…the numbers that speak the most for him are his numbers in the Cape during the summer of 2012, specifically his 48 strikeouts to just four walks.” ~ College Baseball Daily