Aaron Sledgers announces retirement from baseball his personal twitter account Last week he cited an ‘ongoing shoulder injury’ that led him to ‘call it a career’ at age 30.
The Slegers were drafted by the Twins in the fifth round of the 2013 MLB Draft and have bounced back and forth between the Rays and the Angels after making their big league debut in 2017 with Minnesota. The Thinkerballer’s best season was in Tampa Bay in 2020, when he posted a 3.46 ERA through 26 innings during the shortened season. The Slegers made three appearances in the playoffs during the Rays’ run to the American League pennant, and provided Kevin Cash with his one run of his five innings during the postseason.
In some of his five MLB seasons, the right-hander had a 5.46 ERA, 59 strikeouts, and 28 walks, playing a total of 89 major league innings, mostly relieved. Over the course of his career, he induced ground balls on 51% of his batted balls.
The Slegers struggled with the Angels in 2021 and were dropped from the roster entirely in August. He signed his minor league contract with the Rays for his 2022 season, but at rookie level Florida he was only a few in his league in the complex he went through 2 2/3 innings and his shoulders were injured. started barking again. He threw his final pitch in July 2022 against the Braves’ FCL affiliate.
“I know that baseball has shaped me as a person by giving me a much broader range of talents than my skills on the field.” Slegers wrote in his retirement post. “Thank you to everyone who has supported me.” MLBTR wishes the Slegers all the best after the game.