Slowey honored by International League managers

Former Winthrop pitcher Kevin Slowey received some more recognition after being honored by the International League managers.

Slowey, a right-hander with Rochester, was named one of the IL's best pitching prospects in the annual "Best Tools" listings by Baseball America.

Slowey was also selected as having the best control in the league. A second-round selection by the Twins in the 2005 draft, Slowey is 8-3 with a 1.83 ERA in 15 games with Rochester. In 103.1 innings, Slowey has 84 strikeouts and only 12 walks.

Slowey had a seven-game stint with the Twins earlier this season, going 3-0 with a 5.48 ERA.

• EX-TIGER ROARING: Taylor Harbin, who played his college baseball at Clemson, is off to a strong professional start.

Harbin, an eighth-round pick of Arizona in the June draft, is playing second base for Missoula of the rookie-advanced Pioneer League. He's batting .275 with a team-leading nine homers and 32 RBIs.

Harbin had a strong July, batting .318 with six homers and 26 RBIs.

• 'ROGO' HONORED: Charlotte Knights first baseman Casey Rogowski was honored by the IL's managers as the best defensive first baseman.`

Baseball America listed Rogowski in its current edition's "Best Tools" section. Rogowski has committed only three errors in 112 games.

A year ago, Rogowski recorded a .990 fielding percentage, committing 11 errors in 1,133 chances at first base.

Another Chicago White Sox prospect, left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez of Double-A Birmingham, was also honored. Gonzalez was tabbed as having the best breaking ball and best changeup in the Southern League.

• TEENAGE TALENT: The Texas Rangers got some help with some recent trades, adding three youngsters.

The Rangers picked up highly-regarded shortstop Elvis Andrus, 18, and pitcher Neftali Feliz, 19, from Atlanta and 17-year-old outfielder Engel Beltre from Boston. Andrus received a signing bonus of almost $700,000 as a 16-year-old.

• BARK IN THE PARK: Knights Stadium will be the dogs' domain today when Charlotte hosts its annual "Bark in the Park" promotion.

All leashed dogs will be admitted free to the 2:15 p.m. Durham-Knights game.

The canines will also receive a free toy and on-field promotions will be featured as dog owners will compete to win prizes for their pets.

• ON DECK: The Knights continue their seven-game homestand today with a 2:15 p.m. game against Durham.

The Knights and Bulls meet again at 7:15 p.m. Monday before heading to Durham, N.C., for two games Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Knights return Thursday for a four-game homestand, two games against Louisville and Indianapolis.

Following that homestand, the Knights have only six remaining home games this season.

• EXTRA BASES: Former Knights OF Joe Borchard was designated for assignment by Florida, who can either release or trade the ex-White Sox first-round draft pick. ... Ex-South Carolina OF John Coutlangus, now a left-handed reliever, was sent to Louisville by Cincinnati. Former Knights RHP Gary Majewski was called up to the Reds from Louisville. ... 1B Steve Pearce, who played at South Carolina, was promoted to Indianapolis. Pearce hit .385 (5-for-12) in his first six games with the Indians. ... 3B Brian Buscher, another ex-Gamecock, was placed on the 15-day disabled list by Minnesota. Buscher, batting .227 in eight games with the Twins, is suffering from a localized abscess in a leg.