Posted August 4, 2014 11:31 am

Augusta swaps relievers, receives Kaden

The San Francisco Giants assigned right-handed reliever Daniel Slania to Double-A Richmond from Class-A Augusta on Monday.


As a corresponding move, the Giants assigned 2014 27th-rounder Connor Kaden to Augusta.


Slania, 22, joins recent GreenJacket teammate Carlos Alvarado in the Richmond bullpen. Slania had a 3.99 ERA with 46 strikeouts to 21 walks in 58.2 innings for Augusta this season.


Like Alvarado, Slania was old for the South Atlantic League and needed an aggressive assignment to stay on track as a reliever. This applies even more for him considering he was a fifth-round pick in 2013 out of Notre Dame.


Slania threw low-90s with pretty good downhill plane from a huge frame in Augusta. He pairs it with a reliable breaking ball. Slania will lose his plane at times and leave the ball up, and he hasn't shown the velo to get away with it. His stuff isn't overwhelming for a late-innings reliever, especially one drafted so high. He has a reliever mentality with high energy, and he goes after batters. He's known as a good teammate and good guy.


The only information I can find on Kaden's stuff is from high school days prior to playing for Wake Forest. He was high-80s with a slow slider and occasional changeup in New Jersey. Perfect Game ranked him in the top 500 coming out of high school.


He developed and emerged as one of Wake Forest's better starters, recording a 3.52 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 61.1 innings his junior year. Coach Tom Walter described him as a power guy coming into his junior season, but that can mean different things at the college level.


Kaden's delivery is fairly clean. His arm path is a little long, but he has pretty good arm speed. He maintains decent plane from a three-quarters release despite a 6-4 frame. He has drop-and-drive in the delivery and can lose his release high sometimes. It's a workable motion, especially as a reliever.


Kaden is the first 2014 draftee to make Augusta.