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Stephen P. Spragg
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 185 lb.
Stephen Spragg has pitched in the independent leagues in the USA and in the Netherlands.
Spragg went 3-3 in 26 appearances with a 3.30 ERA and 7 saves in his final season in college. He was picked by the Washington Wild Things in the 2nd round of the 2005 Frontier League draft. He was 4-2 with 12 saves and a 2.72 ERA for Washington, striking out 56 and walking 15 in 60 IP.
Spragg went to a San Diego Padres workout and drew the notice of Mal Fichman and Bill Bryk; the club signed Stephen and he was projected to go to the Fort Wayne Wizards but was released before he had pitched a game in Organized Baseball. While Spragg normally throws sidearm, the Padres was interested in his submarine pitching, which was his secondary style.
Returning to Washington, Spragg was even better. His record was just 6-7 but he saved 4 games and had a 2.09 ERA. He allowed 63 hits in 82 IP. He was second in the Frontier League in ERA. He was then traded to the Gary SouthShore RailCats but never played for that club.
HCAW signed Spragg for 2007. As his parents were British and he had a British passport, he did not count against the club's foreign player limit. He won his Hoofdklasse debut, allowing one hit and no runs in two innings of relief. Spragg was 4-3 with six saves and a 1.93 ERA in 2007 Hoofdklasse. He was sixth in the league in ERA, tied Robin van Doornspeek for 7th in lowest opponent average (.205), led in games pitched (24) and was third in saves, two behind leaders Dave Draijer and Michiel van Kampen.
Spragg pitched for the Great Britain national team in the 2007 European Championships, going 2-1 with a 7.27 ERA in a tourney-high 5 relief appearances for the Silver Medalists.