September 25, 1965 |
Panorama City, California
|April 14, 1990, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 4, 1991, for the Chicago White Sox|
|Earned run average||4.50|
Steven Lee "Steve" Wapnick (born September 25, 1965, in Panorama City, California) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He played for the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox. He held batters to a .222 batting average, holding righties to a .115 batting average.
Wapnick, who was 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) and 200 pounds, was drafted three times. Each time, his place in the draft slipped. The San Diego Padres drafted him in the second round of the 1985 Major League Baseball Draft. When he did not sign with them, the Oakland Athletics drafted him in fifth round of the June Secondary Phase, but again he didn't sign. Finally, he was drafted in 1987 by the Toronto Blue Jays, but not until round 30. He finally signed with them, and reported to the minor league St. Catharines Blue Jays shortly thereafter.
On December 4, 1989, Wapnick was drafted from the Blue Jays by the Detroit Tigers in the Rule 5 Draft. His first Major League game was April 14, 1990 at the age of 24. He appeared in just four games for the Tigers, posting an ERA of 6.43, and was returned to the Blue Jays on May 1.
Wapnick was one of two Jewish baseball players to make his major league debut in 1990. The other was Scott Radinsky. He wore number 43 for the Tigers.
Chicago White Sox
After spending most of the 1991 season with the Blue Jays top farm club, the Syracuse Chiefs, on September 4 Wapnick was sent to the Chicago White Sox as the player to be named later in a deal that involved Shawn Jeter going to the Sox for outfielder Cory Snyder. Now wearing uniform number 51, Wapnick appeared in six more games for Chicago down the stretch, winning none and losing one with an ERA of 1.80. He never appeared in the majors again.
Back to the minors
He injured his arm in 1992 during spring training, which was the beginning of the end for his career. He pitched two more seasons in the minors, one in the White Sox organization and one for the Seattle Mariners top farm team, the Calgary Cannons.
After his playing career, Wapnick coached at Clovis High School and Sierra High School, and also coached a Junior USA baseball team. He now coaches high school baseball at Resurrection Christian School. He resides in Northern Colorado and spends much of his time in the mountains. Wapnick has two sons, Jason and Jacob. Jason recently graduated from Dordt College, where he was an all conference outfielder his junior and senior seasons. Jacob attends Grand Canyon University. He is majoring in Sports Management. In high school he was recognized with the coaches award on his basketball team, and was part of a state baseball championship his senior year.