Tolleson with the Baltimore Orioles
|Toronto Blue Jays – No. 18|
November 1, 1983 |
Spartanburg, South Carolina
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|April 28, 2010 for the Oakland Athletics|
(through August 2, 2014)
|Runs batted in||23|
Steven Wayne Tolleson (born November 1, 1983) is an American professional baseball infielder for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball. He is the son of former major leaguer Wayne Tolleson.
Tolleson batted .321 for the rookie Appalachian League Elizabethton Twins his first professional season to earn a promotion to the Beloit Snappers midway through the season. The Midwest League, however, proved to be too much for Tolleson as his batting average fell to .176. A year later, Tolleson redeemed himself, earning a Midwest League All-Star nod.
On Feb 1, 2010, Tolleson was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Athletics. He made his big league debut with the A's on April 28 against the Toronto Blue Jays. Two days later, he picked up his first major league hit against Josh Roenicke of Toronto.
San Diego Padres
On November 21, 2011, Tolleson signed a contract with the Baltimore Orioles. On May 9, 2012, the Orioles purchased Tolleson's contract and called him up. He hit .183 in 71 at-bats over several stints. After the season, he was outrighted off the Orioles' 40-man roster but refused the assignment and elected free agency.
Chicago White Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
On December 17, 2013, Tolleson signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays that included an invitation to spring training. He was sent to minor league camp on March 24, 2014. The Blue Jays selected his contract from Buffalo on May 1. He made his debut for the Jays the following day, and recorded a pinch-hit triple and an RBI against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The triple was the first of his Major League career. On May 14, Tolleson pitched for the first time in the Majors, getting the final out in a 15–4 loss to the Cleveland Indians. In pitching for the Blue Jays, he became just the seventh position player to do so for the franchise, and first since Jeff Mathis in 2012. Tolleson hit his first home run as a Blue Jay on May 23, helping the team to a 3–2 win over the Oakland Athletics.
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Steven Tolleson on Twitter