Steve Tolleson

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Steve Tolleson
Steve Tolleson on May 15, 2012.jpg
Tolleson with the Baltimore Orioles
Toronto Blue Jays – No. 18
Born: (1983-11-01) November 1, 1983 (age 31)
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 28, 2010 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .241
Hits 70
Home runs 6
Runs batted in 26

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.[1]

Tolleson had a career .425 batting average and 18 home runs at Paul M. Dorman High School in Roebuck, South Carolina. He also played for the University of South Carolina.


Minnesota Twins[edit]

He was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the fifth round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft out of the University of South Carolina.[2]

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.[3]

He was added to the Twins' 40-man roster on November 11, 2008.[4]

In 2009, with the New Britain Rock Cats and Rochester Red Wings, Tolleson played all three outfield positions, second, short and third.

Oakland Athletics[edit]

On Feb 1, 2010, Tolleson was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Athletics.[5] 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[edit]

He was traded to the San Diego Padres on May 29, 2011, in exchange for a player to be named later.[6]

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

On November 21, 2011, Tolleson signed a contract with the Baltimore Orioles.[7] 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.[8]

Chicago White Sox[edit]

On November 13, 2012, Tolleson signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox with an invitation to spring training.[9] He spent the season with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights.

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

On December 17, 2013, Tolleson signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays that included an invitation to spring training.[10] He was sent to minor league camp on March 24, 2014.[11] The Blue Jays selected his contract from Buffalo on May 1.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wayne Tolleson". Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  2. ^ "Gamecock Athletics Player Bio: Steven Tolleson". Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  3. ^ "Steven Tolleson". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  4. ^ "Twins add eight to 40-man roster". November 19, 2008. 
  5. ^ "A's announce trade, free agent signing and waiver claim". February 1, 2010. 
  6. ^ Padres Acquire Steve Tolleson,, May 29, 2011.
  7. ^ [1], Twitter, November 21, 2001.
  8. ^
  9. ^ Kubatko, Roch (November 13, 2012). "Tolleson signs with White Sox, Showalter talks about Manager of the Year voting". MASN Sports. 
  10. ^ Berry, Adam (December 17, 2013). "Blue Jays sign infielder Tolleson to Minor League deal". Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Blue Jays option Anthony Gose to Herd". Buffalo Bisons. March 24, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben (May 1, 2014). "Blue Jays designate Sierra in roster shakeup". Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  13. ^ Ross, Jamie (May 14, 2014). "Infielder Tolleson pitches, gets out of jam in ninth". Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  14. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (May 23, 2014). "Blue Jays keep rolling in Hendriks' debut". Retrieved May 23, 2014. 

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