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From the AFL: Doug Slaten

From the AFL: Doug Slaten

SURPRISE, Ariz.--In any industry, in any line of work, labels happen, and labels can hurt. 'Lazy.' 'Warning Track Power.' 'Career Minor Leaguer.' '4A Player.' 'Undependable.' They can also be overstated, putting undue pressure on a young up and coming prospect. 'Clutch.' '5-Tool.' 'Top Prospect.' Diamondbacks lefty Doug Slaten isn't stupid, but he's also not completely comfortable with labels. Especially the one he's starting to get tagged with, 'lefty specialist.'

"I'm not sure the D'Backs look at me that way, I've had a lot of opportunities to go more than one inning this year, and I was a starter for awhile, but injuries just kept getting in the way." Doug Slaten says as he searches for a few minutes of shade before his Phoenix Desert Dogs take the field in the Arizona Fall League. It started out as a nice day, cool in an Arizona sort of way, with a... Recommended Stories

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