|Designated hitter/Left fielder|
March 15, 1952 |
|April 7, 1982, for the Seattle Mariners|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 24, 1982, for the Seattle Mariners|
Stephen Lewis Stroughter (born March 15, 1952 in Visalia, California) is a former major league baseball designated hitter/left fielder who played for the Seattle Mariners in 1982. He attended College of the Sequoias.
Stroughter was originally drafted by the California Angels in the 15th round of the 1970 amateur draft, but he chose not to sign. He was drafted in the 1971 secondary phase amateur draft by the Chicago Cubs, but he again did not sign. He was the sixth overall pick in the 1971 secondary phase (active) amateur draft (drafted by the San Francisco Giants), and he chose to sign. On October 24, 1975, he was purchased by the Angels from the Giants. On April 5, 1979, he was released by the Angels and on June 5, 1979, he was signed by the Mariners. On December 19, 1980, he was traded to the Twins for Mike Bacsik. On May 28, 1981, he was purchased by the Mariners.
Stroughter spent over a decade in the minors before making his big league debut on April 7, at the age of 30. Pinch-hitting for Jim Essian, Stroughter grounded out in his first big league at-bat, which was against Doug Corbett of the Minnesota Twins.
A solid minor league player who hit for average and some power, Stroughter hit only .170 in 26 big league games (47 at-bats). Perhaps the best game of his career occurred on May 4. He went 2–4 with a home run off of Dennis Martínez.
He played his final big league game on July 24, 1982. Following his big league career, he returned to the minors and even played baseball in Japan, appearing in 28 games for the Hanshin Tigers in 1983.