After transferring from Louisiana State University after two collegiate seasons, Slaid transitioned smoothly to Division II's Montevallo University hitting .329/.385/.514 and blasting a team-high seven home runs and 64 RBIs in 54 games started. Slaid is also an asset defensively with experience at catcher, first base, and the outfield, versatility that will provide invaluable flexibility for manager Jake Martin this summer. His versatility in the field hasn’t affected him one bit, as he has posted a .991 fielding percentage so far this season. Last spring, while with LSU, Slaid batted .271 with 10 runs scored, one home run, and 8 RBIs in 11 starts. He is no stranger to summer collegiate baseball, having played in the Prospect League in 2011 where he was named an All-Star and a Top 25 Prospect after batting .340 with 10 doubles, two home runs, and 35 RBIs. Slaid attended Lakeside High School in Sibley, Louisiana where he was a three-time First Team All-State selection and was named the 2010 Shreveport Times All-Area Player of the Year as a senior. He is a native of Sibley, Louisiana.