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Bio Slater Putland:
Putland grew up in the small town of Imperial Beach near the Mexican border where he discovered his talents by the time he could walk. Without ever letting a bat out of his hands, he was destined to be a part of this game. Being raised in the most Southwestern city of the United States, specifically in Southern California, allowed him to play practically 365 days a year and to grow up and play with/against some of the best talent this world has to offer. Many of them are now the biggest stars, on the biggest platform around, the MLB. Slater started at Imperial Beach LL where he has many records including for HRs (24 in 15 games). During that time he led IBLL to the first state championship game in their history and was one game away from advancing to the LLWS. During the Summers of his youth he played on many teams, but the few that stick out are, the San Diego Stars coached by Lyle Gabriel, playing with names such as Bryce Harper and “No-No” Joe Musgrove. He then was given the opportunity to play with Orange County’s Team Anderson Bat Co. (2005-2011) where he was most impacted by the great minds of Charles Chapman and Phil Van Horn. All star hitters Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge both credit Van Horn to their hitting success in the MLB. With Team Anderson, he went on to winning the Junior Olympics(2009) with Minnesota Twins pitcher, Andrew Vásquez, Cleveland Indians backstop, Austin Hedges, and, the Oakland A’s Platinum Glove award winner, Matt Chapman with many other names that are still in the Minor League very close to making their Major league debuts.
During his high school career he carried on to receive 4 Varsity letters, leading the league in HRs his freshman year with 2nd team all league honors. Then, going on to receiving 1st team all league honors in his next 3 years consecutively, also, setting the Mar Vista High School batting average record his junior year, hitting .471. His senior year, he then went on to set the school record of strikeouts on the mound his senior year by dicing up 113 K’s. All this was done while maintaining a spot on the San Diego Union Tribune All Academic Team.
After high school he was given a scholarship to play at Yavapai College in Arizona, well known for draft picks and many big names in the MLB. Before the season started he went on to transfer back home to SD City college, starting as the clean up hitter the whole season and was a “two-way” guy that was the team’s closer, also starting several games.
The following year he wanted to further his talents by playing baseball internationally, in Mexico. He then went on to play in what’s known in Mexico as the best independent league in the country, Liga Amateur De Tijuana. Which is where he met our one and only, Jon Sintes. There, he went on to making the Tijuana State team every season. In a turn of unfortunate events, Putland threw a pitch during a game that would change his life. There was a pop in the elbow that he would later find out from a MRI that his UCL was torn, leading to the infamous Tommy John operation. After a long process and countless hours of hard work, Slater was back, ready for the field. In less than 10 games back from his elbow, another awful occurrence took place. During a play at home plate, while trying to score from first, he felt another pop in his knee which he found out was a torn ACL, meniscus, and fractured kneecap. Thus, the same process as Tommy John had begun before he knew it.
On the road to recovery once again, he was more determined than ever. Through the painstaking journey which made him stronger physically and more so, mentally than he could imagine. With the urge to get back on the field, he was relentless, living with baseball more scarred in his head than the surgical scars on his body. In the era of Shohei Ohtani, and the two way player, he knew this was his time. In his come back, he returned to Mexico where in his second start back, he would go on to set a record in the league that may never be broken. Having a 3 home run game, 7 RBIs, with 9 strikeouts on the mound, and a win over 6 innings of work. The 3 home runs all came after the 7th inning making it a coming from behind, extra innings victory. As he came in to pitch in the 5th inning to finish out the scoreless appearance.
Now, after this year when he is a free agent, he is looking to sign a Minor League contract and possibly living the dream of advancing to the Major Leagues. But, coaching is where he sees his true future.