Fife playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013
October 4, 1986 |
|July 17, 2012, for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
(through 2014 season)
|Earned run average||3.66|
Stephen J. Fife (born October 4, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently in the Chicago Cubs organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, Fife was a member of Idaho's first-ever team at the Little League World Series in 1999. He graduated from Borah High School in 2005, where he led the Lions to the 5A state title in his senior season, their first since 1981. Fife was also a member of the American Legion Boise Senators, winners of the state title (AA) in 2004. He attended Everett Community College north of Seattle and transferred to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he was a Mountain West Conference All-Star for the Utes. Following his junior season, Fife was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 3rd round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft.
Boston Red Sox
Fife spent 2008 and 2009 in Class-A with the Lowell Spinners, Greenville Drive, and Salem Red Sox. In 2010, with the AA Portland Sea Dogs, he started 26 games and was 8-6 with a 4.75 ERA. He began 2011 with Portland, starting 18 games with an 11-4 record and 3.66 ERA.
Los Angeles Dodgers
On July 31, 2011, Fife was traded (along with Tim Federowicz) to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-team trade that sent Trayvon Robinson to the Seattle Mariners. In 6 starts with the Dodgers AA affiliate, the Chattanooga Lookouts, he was 3-1 with a 4.01 ERA. He was added to the 40-man roster after the season to protect him from the Rule 5 draft and promoted to the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes to start 2012.
Fife was called up to the majors for the first time on July 17, 2012 to make a spot start against the Philadelphia Phillies in place of the injured Chad Billingsley. He pitched six innings, allowing only one run while inducing 11 ground ball outs and left the game with the lead, only to get a no decision when the bullpen blew the game in the eighth. He was optioned back to the Isotopes after the game. After one start with the Isotopes, he returned to the Dodgers after Nathan Eovaldi was traded. He made two more starts with the Dodgers on July 27 and August 1 before returning to the minors after the team acquired Joe Blanton. In 24 starts (and 1 relief appearance) with the Isotopes, Fife was 11-7 with a 4.66 ERA. He was later recalled to the Dodgers in September and made two more starts. In his 5 total starts with the Dodgers in 2012, he was 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA.
Fife picked up his first career win on June 3, 2013, in a spot start against the San Diego Padres. He again split the season between Albuquerque and Los Angeles. With the Dodgers, he made 10 starts (and appeared in 2 games out of the bullpen) with a 4-4 record and 3.86 ERA.
In the 2014 season, he made one appearance for the Dodgers, starting a game on May 4 against the Miami Marlins. He allowed four runs in six innings in that game. He also started nine games for the Isotopes (and appeared in relief twice). He was 2-2 with a 7.01 ERA before going to the DL with a sore arm. On August 13, 2014, he underwent Tommy John surgery, ending his season. On October 13, 2014, he was outrighted to the minor leagues and removed from the 40 man roster.
On December 11, 2015 the Chicago Cubs signed Fife to a minor league contract.
Fife is an extreme groundball pitcher throughout his minor league and major league career. Fife relies on a two-seam fastball, which he throws between 88–91 mph (142–146 km/h). He also throws a curveball at 76–79 mph (122–127 km/h) and a changeup at 79–81 mph (127–130 km/h).
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