Lance Zawadzki

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Lance Zawadzki
Lance Zawadzki 2010 spring training.jpg
Zawadzki with the San Diego Padres
Sugar Land Skeeters – No. 14
Infielder
Born: (1985-05-26) May 26, 1985 (age 32)
Framingham, Massachusetts
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 2, 2010, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
(through 2011 Season)
Batting average .200
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 1
Teams

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.

Amateur career[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2][3]

During the 2005 summer, Zawadzki played for the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod Baseball League in Massachusetts alongside teammates Daniel Bard and Justin Masterson.

Following the 2006 season, Zawadzki was taken in the 15th round by the St. Louis Cardinals. He did not sign and transferred to Lee University, which played in the 2007 NAIA World Series.

Professional career[edit]

San Diego Padres[edit]

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.[4] 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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Atlanta Braves[edit]

On May 21, 2012, he signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves and was assigned to the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves.

St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

Zawadzki signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals on August 10, 2012, and was assigned to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds.

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

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.[5] Zawadzki was assigned to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats from the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on July 30, 2013.

Lancaster Barnstormers[edit]

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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