Steven Wayne Tolleson... @STolleson83 ... Married... Was originally signed by Twins scout Ricky Taylor after being drafted by the Twins in the fifth round of the 2005 draft...Is a 2002 graduate of Dorman (SC) High School...Attended the University of South Carolina...Named First-Team All-Southeastern Conference and First-Team All-Tournament at the NCAA Atlanta Regional in 2003...His father, Wayne, played in parts of 10 seasons in the Major Leagues.
Appeared in a career-high 109 games… Posted career-highs in hits (43), doubles (7), triples (2), home runs (3), RBI (16), runs scored (21), and stolen bases (3)...Facing LHP, hit .319 (36-113) with a .844 OPS, and 11 of his 12 XBH while vs. RHP, hit .123 with a .351 OPS in 64 PA...In 16 interleague games this season, hit .304/.407/.609/1.016 with three doubles and two triples...In September, batted .474 (9-19) with a 1.000 OPS (21 PA)...His first six hits went for XBH (4-2B, 2-3B)…The last player whose first six hits with a new team were all for extra bases was Chris Dickerson in 2008 (4-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR)…Overall, 12 of his 43 hits this went for XBH (3-HR, 7-2B, 2-3B)...Had career-high six-game hit streak snapped July 13 at TB…Hit .471 (8-17) over the stretch...Recorded his 3rd HR of the year July 6 at OAK, his first career PH-HR...Had a career-high 0-for-16 drought snapped with a double in the 2nd inning June 27 vs. CWS...Had his streak of picking up a hit in eight straight starts, snapped June 15 at BAL…Hit .435 (10-23) during the streak...Made his ML pitching debut May 14 vs. CLE, tossing 0.1 innings, surrendering one hit after entering in the 9th inning...Became the 7th position player to pitch for the Blue Jays in franchise history...Became 3rd position player in club history to pitch in multiple games (May 14 & Aug. 26) in a season (Bailor, 1980 & Mathis, 2012).
Spent the entire year with Charlotte Knights of the International League (AAA)...Hit a combined .346 (55-159) over June and July...Had a season-high 12-game hit streak from June 25-July 7 posting a .340 average (16-47) over that span...Ranked 2nd on the Knights with 28-2B…Finished T-2nd with 53 RBI.
Split the season between Norfolk Tides and the Baltimore Orioles...Posted a .278 average… Batted .365 vs. LHP while hitting .328 on the road while with the Tides...Made his 2nd career pitching appearance tossing one inning of relief surrendering one hit and one unearned run...Had four stints with BAL… Appeared in 29 games for the Orioles finishing with a .183 average.
Began the season with Triple-A Sacramento in Oakland's system...Batted .274/.388/.394 in 46 games for the River Cats (175 AB)...Collected 13 multi-hit games for Sacramento, including four three-hit games...Drove in season-high four, May 13 vs. Memphis...Outrighted and traded to San Diego's organization, May 29...Joined Triple-A Tucson, where he batted .276/.340/.394...Hit .310/.375/.418 vs. RHP...Batted .345/.441/.414 with RISP and two outs...Made one pitching appearance, tossing a scoreless inning, August 7 vs. Oklahoma City.
Made his Major League debut with the A's in 2010, hitting .286 with a home run and four RBI in 25
games over two stints...spent the balance of the season with Triple-A Sacramento where batted .332
with nine home runs and 43 RBI in 80 games...was promoted to Oakland the first time April 27 and
went 1-for-4 in three games before he was optioned back to Sacramento May 4...returned Aug. 13,
batting .289 in 22 games during his second stint...hit .375 (9-for-24) with his only home run and all four
of his RBI against left-handed pitching while batting .200 (5-for-25) against right-handers...batted .333
in Oakland, .154 on the road...hit .333 at night, .211 during the day...batted .316 (6-for-19) with two
strikes...was 1-for-8 (.125) with runners in scoring position and hit .176 when leading off an inning...
played five different positions, appearing in 11 games at shortstop (five starts), six at third base (five
starts), four at second base (two starts) and one each in left field and right field...committed one error,
with it occuring as a second baseman...batted .389 when playing third base...was 0 for 3 with two
strikeouts as a pinch hitter...made eight of his starts batting eighth and had four from the nine spot.
Combined to hit .266 with 27 doubles, eight home runs, 40 RBI, 78 runs scored and 13 stolen bases
in 130 games with Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester in his final season in the Twins
organization...had career highs in at bats (503), runs and hit by pitches (6)...was batting .258 with two
home runs and 13 RBI in 38 games with New Britain at the time he was promoted to Rochester, May
30...finished the season with the Red Wings and hit .270 with six home runs and 27 RBI in 92 games...
combined with both teams to bat .290 (49 for 169) against left-handed pitching and .254 (85 for 334)
against right-handed pitching...hit .194 with runners in scoring position, including .133 with RISP and
two outs...all eight of his home runs were solo shots...appeared in 61 games at second base, 32 in left
field, 31 at shortstop, seven in center field, three in right field and one at third base...had 12 errors as
a second baseman (.955 fielding percentage) and eight as a shortstop (.935)...hit in every spot in the
order except fourth, fifth and ninth and saw his most playing time with 54 games in the two spot and 47
games batting third.
Spent the season with Double-A New Britain, hitting his first home run, April 11 at Portland...went 3-for-6 with a home run, three rbi and two runs scored, April 26 at Trenton...hit safely in 15 straight games, April 29-May 17, batting .474 (27-for-57) with two home runs, 19 rbi, seven doubles and 16 runs scored, including two four-hit games, one three-hit game...named Eastern League Player of the Week, May 11...third three-hit game May 18 vs. Portland...batted .375 (36-for-96) in 26 May games...had 13-game hit streak from May 30-June 27, including his fourth three-hit game...batted .385 (15-for-39) in 12 games in June...disabled with fractured right index finger, June 30-July 23...finished the first half batting .335 (70-for-209) with five home runs, 34 rbi and 39 runs scored...named Twins' Minor League Player of the Week, batting .360 (9-for-25) with three home runs, 10 rbi, three doubles and six runs scored, August 15-22...finished 10th in the Eastern League in batting...played three different positions for the Rock Cats including second base, shortstop and centerfield...hit .320 (33-for-103) vs. lefties and .292 (70-for-240) vs. righties...played in the Arizona Fall League with the Phoenix Desert Dogs, batting .383 (36-for-94) in 27 games.
Spent the season with Single-A Ft. Myers, hitting safely in each of his first eight games...had
first four-hit game, May 3 vs. Tampa...hit his first home run of season, May 6 at St. Lucie...hit safely in 11 of 15 games, May 26-June 11...had six straight multi-hit games, July 11-16, including his second
four-hit game, July 12 vs. Jupiter...had a season-high three RBI, July 18 at Vero Beach, including a
home run...finished July batting .370 in 25 games...had his third four-hit game, Aug. 5 at Daytona...
went 3 for 4 with three doubles, Aug. 30 at Sarasota...batted .320 with three home runs, 27 RBI and 47
runs scored after the All-Star break...collected 41 multi-hit games, including six three-hit games and
three four-hit games...hit .315 vs. left-handed pitching...finished third in the Florida State League in
walks, tied for fourth in hits and sixth in stolen bases...was tied for first on the club in runs scored.
Started the season with Single-A Beloit...hit safely in 11 of 13 games, April 14-29, with three
straight two-hit games and his first home run, April 20 vs. Peoria...hit safely in 12 of 14 games, May 17-31, including his first three-hit game, May 17 at Clinton...went 4 for 5 with a home run, three RBI
and three runs scored, May 19 at Clinton...had four straight multi-hit games, May 28-31...batted .325
in 23 games in May...disabled with a fractured left cheek bone, June 5-30...promoted to Ft. Myers after
a two day rehab assignment with the GCL Twins...went 2 for 3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs
scored in his second game with the Miracle, July 2 vs. Dunedin...had his first three-hit game with Ft.
Myers, July 3 vs. Dunedin...his second three-hit game came Aug. 6 at Brevard County...went 3 for 4
with a season-high three RBI, Sept. 2 at Sarasota...hit .325 vs. lefties at Ft. Myers.
Began the season at Elizabethton...hit safely in 12 of 16 games played...scored nine runs in his
first four games...went 2 for 4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored, July 21 at Princeton...collected his first four-hit game, July 24 at Burlington...added three hits, including a home run, the next
day...was promoted to Beloit, July 29...hit a home run in his second game with the Snappers...hit safely
in eight of nine games, Aug. 4-13.