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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 STL,SFG 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, Fresno PCL AAA SFG,STL P 5 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0.40 0 0
2002 27 Memphis PCL AAA STL P 2 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.50 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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