Steve made his major league debut with the Cubs in 2011 and broke camp with the club in 2012 ... he begins his eighth professional season in the Cubs organization since being drafted by the Cubs in the seventh round of the 2006 draft...Has appeared in 71 major league games in the last two seasons, hitting .202 (41-for-203) with 13 doubles, one home run and 16 RBI. ...Owns a .309 average (566-for-1,829) with 122 doubles, 11 triples, 22 home runs and 257 RBI in 548 career minor league contests. ...Hit .286 or better in each of his first six pro seasons, including a .319 mark in 2011 between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. ...Named a mid-season Southern League All-Star for the Smokies for the second season in a row in 2011. ...Attended Southeastern Louisiana University and Chipola (Fla.) Junior College. ...Graduated from Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore in 2004 ... was teammates with Gavin Floyd (Chicago White Sox) during his freshman year. ...Participated in the 2013 Cubs Caravan.
Totals - Split the season between AAA Norfolk and Baltimore, hitting .287 (29x101) with 11 runs, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 15 RBI in 30 games in Majors. ... AAA Recap - Hit .305 (80x262) with 28 runs, 11 doubles, 4 home runs and 32 RBI in 75 games. ... Recognition - Was named an International League Mid-Season All-Star after hitting .324 (59x182) with 18 runs, 7 doubles, 3 home runs and 22 RBI. ... Earning It - Before being recalled for first time May 26, he hit .352 (32x91) with 9 runs, 3 doubles, 2 home runs and 14 RBI in 27 games. ... Career-Best - Collected a career-high four hits (4x6, 2 R, 2B, RBI) on Aug. 16 vs. Oakland. ... Slam - Hit his first Major League grand slam in eighth inning, Sept. 11 vs. Kansas City.
Made his first career Opening Day roster and had four stints with the O's: March 30-May 27, July 12-21, August 27-31, and September 2-end of season. Had pinch-hit two RBI double, April 5 @DET, his only multi-RBI game of the season. Had two three-hit games: May 10 vs. HOU (2B, RBI) and May 12 vs. DET (2-2B, RBI). His double on May 10 vs. HOU gave the O's a walk-off 5-4 win. Spent the majority of the season (64 games) with Triple-A Norfolk hitting .305/.366/.389 (28R, 13-2B, 2HR, 30RBI). Won International League Player of the Week honors, June 2-8.
Became the 22nd Maryland-born Oriole in club history when he debuted for the Birds, September 13 @TOR... Collected first hit and RBI with a game-tying two-run double in the 7th inning of that game... Hit safely in all four games in which he played for the Birds, with the team going 3-1 in those games... In four minor league stops in the Cubs and Orioles organizations, batted .327/.405/.453 (49-150) with four homers and 21 RBI in 43 games.
Steve broke camp with the Cubs for the first time in his career, and went on to play in 69 games for Chicago ... batted .201
(40-for-199) with 12 doubles, one home run and 16 RBI ... was on the 15-day disabled list, April 28 (retroactive to April 26)
through May 29 with a strained right oblique...Batted .500 (11-for-22) with four runs scored, five doubles and two RBI
in his first 10 games prior to his injury ... recorded a 1.249 OPS.
...Hit just .164 (29-for-177) with 12 runs scored, seven doubles, a home
run and 14 RBI in 59 games following his return from the D.L.
...Appeared in 51 games at catcher, making 49 starts ... threw out six of
51 baserunners attempting to steal.
...Played nine games at first base, including three starts, in his first career
action at that position ... also appeared at third base in a game.
...Posted a .224 batting average (38-for-170) against right-handed pitchers ... had just two hits in 29 at-bats against southpaws (.069).
...Batted .297 (27-for-91) at Wrigley Field, 177 points higher than his
.120 average (13-for-108) on the road.
...Batted .357 (5-for-14) with a double and a RBI as a pinch-hitter.
...Twice recorded a career-high three hits: April 12 vs. Milwaukee and April
21 vs. Cincinnati.
...Was a defensive replacement at first base, April 15 in St. Louis ... was
his first-career appearance there ... made his first-career start at first
base, June 18 at the White Sox.
...Tied his career high with a five-game hitting streak, June 26-July 3 ...
batted .438 (7-for-16) during the run.
...Belted his first career home run, June 29 vs. Houston, a two-run shot off
...Was a defensive replacement at third base, July 17 vs. Miami ... did not
receive a chance in one inning of work.
...August 9 vs. the Reds, was ejected in the fifth inning by home plate
umpire Jeff Nelson for arguing balls and strikes while at-bat.
...September 8, served a one-game suspension for his actions when
benches cleared on September 6 in Washington.
Steve combined to bat .319 (127-for-398) with 30 doubles, four triples, eight home runs and 54 RBI in 120 games between
Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa...saw his first action in the majors as a September call-up...Selected by Chicago September 19 upon the completion of the
Southern League playoffs and appeared in two games (one start) for
the Cubs...Made his major league debut, September 26, going 0-for-3 as the
starting catcher in San Diego...Picked up his first major league hit, a pinch-double in the fifth inning of
the season finale, September 28 in San Diego...Batted .295 (92-for-312) with 27 doubles, three triples, five home runs,
39 RBI and only 39 strikeouts in 95 games with the Smokies...Was a mid-season Southern League All-Star for the Smokies for the
second year in a row, after posting a .306 average (45-for-147) with
14 doubles, two triples, four homers and 22 RBI in the first half of the
season...Saw time at Triple-A for the second time in his career (also 2009), batting
.407 (35-for-86) with a 1.023 OPS in 25 games for Iowa...had
two separate stints with the I-Cubs: May 12-29 and July 28-August 10...Hit safely in 21 of 25 games with Iowa, including a hit and a walk in his
two pinch-hit opportunities...recorded 11 multi-hit games...Recorded a career-high four knocks in Iowa's 11-10 comeback win over
Tucson May 20, including a game-winning walk-off single...His pinch-hit, walk-off single in a 3-2 victory over Fresno, August 6,
gave the I-Cubs its 3,000 Triple-A win.
Steve was named to the Southern League All-Star team and went on to hit .317 (86-for-271) with 24 doubles, five homers and
47 RBI for Double-A Tennessee ... he batted .383 (46-for-120) with a .435 on-base percentage after the All-Star break...Posted a .372 batting average (73-for-196) with 23 doubles and three
homers off right-handed pitching ... hit .173 (13-for-75) with a double
and two homers off southpaws...Was 33-for-94 (.351) with runners in scoring position...Threw out 21 of 70 baserunners attempting to steal (30 percent) ... had
a .994 fielding percentage (3 E/478 TC) in 63 games behind the dish...Named the Southern League Hitter of the Week for August 16-22 ... hit
.500 (11-for-22) with five doubles, two homers and 11 RBI for the week...Had nine RBI and eight hits (3 2B, 2 HR) in a two-game span, August
21-22 vs. Mississippi...Batted .397 (29-for-73) with a 1.121 OPS in 21 August contests ... had
10 doubles and 18 RBI for the month.
Steve combined to hit .290 (89-for-307) with 33 runs scored, 16 doubles, four triples, one homer and 36 RBI in 94 games with
Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa...Spent the majority of the season with Iowa, batting .265 (61-for-230)
with 12 doubles and 26 RBI in 68 contests...Batted .364 (28-for-77) in 26 games with Double-A Tennessee before
his May 27 promotion to the I-Cubs...Hit .301 (22-for-73) off southpaws while with Iowa ... went 29-for-93
(.312) when playing at Principal Park (29 games)...Posted a .320 (16-for-50) average when batting seventh in the batting
order for the I-Cubs...Rode a 10-game hitting streak, June 14-26 ... went 14-for-37 (.378)
during the span...Garnered a .304 average (14-for-46) with five doubles and seven RBI in
15 August contests.
Steve split the season between Single-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee ... combined to bat .298 (111-for-373) with 49 walks,
25 doubles and 54 RBI in 113 games...Batted .323 (61-for-189) with 31 walks and 24 RBI against righties
compared to a .295 average (28-for-95) with eight walks and 15 RBI
against southpaws with Daytona...Hit at a .335 clip (54-for-161) in 47 home games with Daytona
compared to a .285 average (35-for-123) in 37 road games...Rode a career-high 12-game hitting streak, June 3-17, including eight
multi-hit affairs ... hit .500 (24-for-48) with eight walks, six doubles,
seven runs scored and 12 RBI during the streak...Owned a monthly-best .403 batting average (27-for-67) with 11 walks,
six doubles and 16 RBI in 19 June contests...Spent April 24-May 29 with Double-A Tennessee, going 22-for-89 (.247)
with five doubles, one triple, one homer, five runs scored and 15 RBI.
Steve combined to hit a career-best .340 (84-for-247) with 42 RBI in 65 Single-A games between Boise and Daytona...In 22 games with Boise, he was 31-for-83 (.373) with nine doubles, 10
runs scored and 18 RBI...Hit safely in 12 of 13 games, June 22-July 9, including seven straight,
June 22-July 1 ... hit at a .412 clip (21-for-51) with 11 RBI over the 13-
game span...Batted .412 (7-for-17) against southpaws compared to a .364 average
(24-for-66) against righthanders...Was 19-for-49 (.388) with 18 RBI with runners on base ... hit .400 (14-
for-35) with 18 RBI with RISP...Selected by Daytona July 17, going 2-for-4 with a walk and a RBI in that
day's contest ... hit .323 (53-for-164) with eight doubles, a triple, two
homers and 24 RBI in 43 games...Recorded four-straight multi-hit affairs August 7-10 ... hit .625 (10-for-
16) with three walks, two doubles, a home run and seven RBI over the
Spent his first professional season with Single-A Boise of the Northwest League where he hit .286 (63-for-220) in 63 games...Hit .298 (14-for-47) off left-handed pitchers compared to a .283 average (49-for-173) off righties...Blasted his first professional roundtripper July 18 at Everett as part of a 3-for-3 performance.