September 2, 1982 |
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|July 4, 2006 for the Texas Rangers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 26, 2008 for the Texas Rangers|
|Earned run average||3.69|
Wes Avi Littleton (born September 2, 1982) is a former right-handed Major League Baseball relief pitcher. Littleton, who pitches with a sidearm delivery, made his major league debut on July 4, 2006 with the Texas Rangers against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Littleton failed to make the Rangers' big league roster to start the 2007 season, and was optioned to the Triple-A Oklahoma RedHawks, but was later called up to play for Texas.
He was credited with saving the game between the Rangers and the Baltimore Orioles on August 22, 2007—a game in which Littleton pitched the final three scoreless innings in relief, after entering the game with a 14–3 lead, which he kept while his team scored another 16 runs. The final 27-run differential broke the previous MLB record of 19 for largest winning margin for a save. The New York Times noted that "there are the preposterous saves, of which Littleton’s now stands out as No. 1."
On November 28, 2008, Littleton was traded to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for a player to be named later, minor league pitcher Beau Vaughan. On March 17, 2009, Littleton was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Littleton signed a minor league contract on March 1, 2010, with the Seattle Mariners. He spent the 2012 season with the Amarillo Sox of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball before retiring.
He currently resides in Carlsbad, California and is employed by TaylorMade-Adidas Golf.
- Spousta, Tom (August 23, 2007). "With a 27-Run Cushion, a Save Is in the Books". The New York Times. Archived from the original on September 25, 2011.
- 30–3 "Boxscore: Texas vs. Baltimore – August 22, 2007." Major League Baseball. August 22, 2007. Retrieved on March 17, 2009.
- "Red Sox acquire right-handed pitcher Wes Littleton from Texas Rangers." Boston Red Sox. November 28, 2008. Retrieved on March 17, 2009.
- Benjamin, Amalie. "3 pitchers claimed in the Rule 5 draft: Done deal." Boston Globe December 12, 2008. Retrieved on December 12, 2008.