September 2, 1982 |
|July 4, 2006, for the Texas Rangers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 26, 2008, for the Texas Rangers|
|Earned run average||3.69|
Wes Avi Littleton (born September 2, 1982) is an American retired right-handed relief pitcher who spent his entire three-year playing career in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Texas Rangers (2006–2008). He is noted for being credited with a save after pitching the final three scoreless innings in a 30–3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a twi-night doubleheader at Camden Yards on August 22, 2007. The final 27-run differential broke the previous MLB record of 19 for largest winning margin for a save. The New York Times noted that "there are the preposterous saves, of which Littleton's now stands out as No. 1."
A sidearm pitcher, he made his major league debut in the ninth inning of a 3–2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Ameriquest Field in Arlington on July 4, 2006. He only faced two batters, retiring Vernon Wells on a groundout to the third baseman and Troy Glaus on a called third strike. Littleton failed to make the Rangers' big league roster to start the 2007 season, and was optioned to the Triple-A Oklahoma RedHawks, but was later called up to play for Texas.
On November 28, 2008, Littleton was traded to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for a player to be named later, minor league pitcher Beau Vaughan. On March 17, 2009, Littleton was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Littleton signed a minor league contract on March 1, 2010, with the Seattle Mariners. He spent the 2012 season with the Amarillo Sox of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball before retiring.
He currently resides in Carlsbad, California and is employed by TaylorMade-Adidas Golf.
- Spousta, Tom (August 23, 2007). "With a 27-Run Cushion, a Save Is in the Books". The New York Times. Archived from the original on September 25, 2011.
- 30–3 "Boxscore: Texas vs. Baltimore – August 22, 2007." Major League Baseball. August 22, 2007. Retrieved on March 17, 2009.
- Toronto Blue Jays 3, Texas Rangers 2; Tuesday, July 4, 2006 (N) at Ameriquest Field in Arlington – Retrosheet.
- "Red Sox acquire right-handed pitcher Wes Littleton from Texas Rangers." Boston Red Sox. November 28, 2008. Retrieved on March 17, 2009.
- Benjamin, Amalie. "3 pitchers claimed in the Rule 5 draft: Done deal." Boston Globe December 12, 2008. Retrieved on December 12, 2008.