Zawadzki with the San Diego Padres
|Sugar Land Skeeters – No. 14|
May 26, 1985 |
|May 2, 2010, for the San Diego Padres|
(through 2011 Season)
|Runs batted in||1|
Lance Frederick Zawadzki (born May 26, 1985) is an American professional baseball shortstop for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He played for the San Diego Padres in Major League Baseball in 2010.
Zawadzki graduated from St. John's High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts in 2003. He was drafted straight out of high school in the 48th Round by the Montreal Expos. Choosing to go to college instead of playing in the minor leagues, he committed to attend Louisiana State University and after one year transferred to San Diego State University before the spring of 2004.
On March 11, 2004, Zawadzki became the first person to get a hit at Petco Park when he doubled off the wall as a freshman for San Diego State against Houston. It was the first game played at the stadium.
San Diego Padres
He was selected by the San Diego Padres in 4th Round (147th overall) of 2007 amateur entry draft. In 2007, he appeared in 10 games for the Arizona League Padres and 25 for the Eugene Emeralds, hitting a combined .305
In 2008, he primarily played with the Fort Wayne Wizards in the Single-A Midwest League, hitting .273. In 2009, he split the season between the Advanced A Lake Elsinore Storm and the AA San Antonio Missions and hit .285 combined in 128 games.
Zawadzki made his professional debut with the Padres on May 2, 2010 against the Milwaukee Brewers and recorded his first major league hit (a single) in his first at-bat, becoming the first baseball player from Lee University to play in the Major Leagues. He appeared in only 20 games for the Padres, primarily at second base, and hit .200. In the minors that season, he was in 35 games for San Antonio and 61 for the AAA Portland Beavers, hitting .225.
Kansas City Royals
On November 5, 2010, Zawadzki was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Royals. He received an invitation to the Royals' Big League camp for the 2011 Spring Training. However, he spent all of the 2011 season in the minor leagues with the Omaha Storm Chasers, where he hit .233 in 91 games. He was released on October 10.
Los Angeles Dodgers
In November, 2011, he signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and was assigned to the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes to start the season. He battled injuries and only appeared in 5 games for the Isotopes and was hitless in 13 at-bats. The Dodgers released him on May 7.
St. Louis Cardinals
Toronto Blue Jays
On December 18, 2012, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that Zawadzki had been signed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Zawadzki was assigned to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats from the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on July 30, 2013.
Zawadzki has been playing with the Lancaster Barnstormers since 2013 and he became a free agent after the 2015 season. He resigned on March 31, 2016.
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