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Steve Sparks

Stephen Lanier Sparks

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 210 lb.

Born: March 28, 1975 in Mobile, Alabama, US
Schools: Faulkner University (Montgomery , AL), University of South Alabama (Mobile , AL)

Drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 38th round of the 1995 MLB June Amateur Draft from Faulkner University (Montgomery , AL) and the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 28th round of the 1998 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of South Alabama (Mobile , AL).

Major League Stats

Minors Pitching

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1998 23 2.0 2 Teams 2 Lgs A--A PIT 2 8 .200 4.65 16 12 0 0 0 0 71.2 66 47 37 4 34 1 73 9 3 6 325 1.395 8.3 0.5 4.3 9.2 2.15
1998 23 2.1 Erie NYPL A- PIT 2 7 .222 4.43 14 10 0 0 0 0 63.0 55 38 31 3 30 1 61 9 3 5 282 1.349 7.9 0.4 4.3 8.7 2.03
1998 23 1.4 Augusta SALL A PIT 0 1 .000 6.23 2 2 0 0 0 0 8.2 11 9 6 1 4 0 12 0 0 1 43 1.731 11.4 1.0 4.2 12.5 3.00
1999 24 2.4 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A+ PIT 6 9 .400 4.87 30 17 2 2 1 0 114.2 133 80 62 6 66 0 92 6 0 9 531 1.735 10.4 0.5 5.2 7.2 1.39
1999 24 2.6 Hickory SALL A PIT 4 6 .400 4.47 25 12 2 1 1 0 88.2 97 60 44 3 51 0 72 5 0 7 407 1.669 9.8 0.3 5.2 7.3 1.41
1999 24 1.5 Lynchburg CARL A+ PIT 2 3 .400 6.23 5 5 0 1 0 0 26.0 36 20 18 3 15 0 20 1 0 2 124 1.962 12.5 1.0 5.2 6.9 1.33
2000 25 0.6 Altoona EL AA PIT 6 7 .462 4.77 23 17 3 3 2 0 109.1 103 66 58 6 54 0 66 11 0 8 484 1.436 8.5 0.5 4.4 5.4 1.22
2001 26 -0.2 2 Teams 2 Lgs AAA-AA PIT 4 9 .308 4.62 38 16 9 2 0 3 113.0 108 69 58 12 89 2 95 4 0 11 524 1.743 8.6 1.0 7.1 7.6 1.07
2001 26 1.7 Altoona EL AA PIT 1 4 .200 3.76 7 6 0 1 0 0 38.1 31 19 16 2 25 0 32 1 0 5 166 1.461 7.3 0.5 5.9 7.5 1.28
2001 26 -1.1 Nashville PCL AAA PIT 3 5 .375 5.06 31 10 9 1 0 3 74.2 77 50 42 10 64 2 63 3 0 6 358 1.888 9.3 1.2 7.7 7.6 0.98
2002 27 0.9 3 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA SFG,STL 0 0 11.88 11 0 5 0 0 0 16.2 21 23 22 2 19 0 10 1 0 2 90 2.400 11.3 1.1 10.3 5.4 0.53
2002 27 3.3 Shreveport TL AA SFG 0 0 12.54 6 0 2 0 0 0 9.1 15 14 13 1 10 0 5 1 0 0 52 2.679 14.5 1.0 9.6 4.8 0.50
2002 27 -0.1 Memphis PCL AAA STL 0 0 10.80 2 0 1 0 0 0 3.1 1 4 4 0 6 0 2 0 0 2 17 2.100 2.7 0.0 16.2 5.4 0.33
2002 27 -0.1 Memphis, Fresno PCL AAA SFG,STL 0 0 11.05 5 0 3 0 0 0 7.1 6 9 9 1 9 0 5 0 0 2 38 2.045 7.4 1.2 11.0 6.1 0.56
2002 27 -0.1 Fresno PCL AAA SFG 0 0 11.25 3 0 2 0 0 0 4.0 5 5 5 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 21 2.000 11.2 2.2 6.8 6.8 1.00
5 Seasons 18 33 .353 5.01 118 62 19 7 3 3 425.1 431 285 237 30 262 3 336 31 3 36 1954 1.629 9.1 0.6 5.5 7.1 1.28
A- (1 season) A- 2 7 .222 4.43 14 10 0 0 0 0 63.0 55 38 31 3 30 1 61 9 3 5 282 1.349 7.9 0.4 4.3 8.7 2.03
A (2 seasons) A 4 7 .364 4.62 27 14 2 1 1 0 97.1 108 69 50 4 55 0 84 5 0 8 450 1.675 10.0 0.4 5.1 7.8 1.53
A+ (1 season) A+ 2 3 .400 6.23 5 5 0 1 0 0 26.0 36 20 18 3 15 0 20 1 0 2 124 1.962 12.5 1.0 5.2 6.9 1.33
AA (3 seasons) AA 7 11 .389 4.99 36 23 5 4 2 0 157.0 149 99 87 9 89 0 103 13 0 13 702 1.516 8.5 0.5 5.1 5.9 1.16
AAA (2 seasons) AAA 3 5 .375 5.60 36 10 12 1 0 3 82.0 83 59 51 11 73 2 68 3 0 8 396 1.902 9.1 1.2 8.0 7.5 0.93

Minors Batting

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1998 23 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A- PIT 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 23 2.0 Erie NYPL A- PIT 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 23 1.6 Augusta SALL A PIT 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 24 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A+ PIT 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 24 2.6 Hickory SALL A PIT 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 24 1.3 Lynchburg CARL A+ PIT 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 25 0.8 Altoona EL AA PIT 24 21 20 3 5 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 .250 .286 .350 .636 7 0 1 0 0 0
2001 26 -0.5 2 Teams 2 Lgs AAA-AA PIT 38 18 15 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 .200 .250 .200 .450 3 0 0 2 0 0
2001 26 1.7 Altoona EL AA PIT 7 6 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .500 .600 .500 1.100 2 0 0 1 0 0
2001 26 -1.3 Nashville PCL AAA PIT 31 12 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .091 .091 .091 .182 1 0 0 1 0 0
2002 27 3 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA STL,SFG 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 27 2.3 Shreveport TL AA SFG 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 27 -0.1 Memphis PCL AAA STL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 27 -0.1 Memphis,Fresno PCL AAA SFG,STL 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 27 -0.1 Fresno PCL AAA SFG 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Seasons 119 39 35 6 8 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 12 .229 .270 .286 .556 10 0 1 2 0 0
A- (1 season) A- 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A (2 seasons) A 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A+ (1 season) A+ 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
AA (3 seasons) AA 37 27 24 5 7 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 7 .292 .346 .375 .721 9 0 1 1 0 0
AAA (2 seasons) AAA 36 12 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .091 .091 .091 .182 1 0 0 1 0 0

Minors Fielding

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G CG Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/G SB CS CS% lgCS% PO
1998 23 2 Teams 2 Lgs A--A PIT P 16 14 6 6 2 1 .857 0.75 10 3 23%
1998 23 Erie NYPL A- PIT P 14 10 3 5 2 1 .800 0.57 7 2 22%
1998 23 Augusta SALL A PIT P 2 4 3 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 3 1 25%
1999 24 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A+ PIT P 30 25 8 17 0 2 1.000 0.83 17 3 15%
1999 24 Hickory SALL A PIT P 25 18 8 10 0 2 1.000 0.72 11 3 21%
1999 24 Lynchburg CARL A+ PIT P 5 7 0 7 0 0 1.000 1.40 6 0 0%
2000 25 Altoona EL AA PIT P 23 33 11 21 1 2 .970 1.39 18 2 10%
2001 26 2 Teams 2 Lgs AAA-AA PIT P 38 26 8 14 4 0 .846 0.58 10 4 29%
2001 26 Altoona EL AA PIT P 7 15 6 7 2 0 .867 1.86 6 1 14%
2001 26 Nashville PCL AAA PIT P 31 11 2 7 2 0 .818 0.29 4 3 43%
2002 27 3 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA SFG,STL P 11 4 3 1 0 0 1.000 0.36 6 0 0%
2002 27 Shreveport TL AA SFG P 6 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 0.33 6 0 0%
2002 27 Memphis PCL AAA STL P 2 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.50 0 0
2002 27 Memphis, Fresno PCL AAA SFG,STL P 5 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0.40 0 0
2002 27 Fresno PCL AAA SFG P 3 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.33 0 0
5 Seasons 118 102 36 59 7 5 .931 0.81 61 12 16%

Sabr ID: 89011276

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