Steven Phillip Baron...Wife's name is Cheyenne...Is a 2009 graduate of John A. Ferguson High School in Miami, FL (the only Major League player to come from Ferguson High School).
Attended spring training as a non-roster invitee with St. Louis...Spent nearly the entire season with the Pacific Coast League and Triple-A champion Memphis RedBirds...Made 40 appearances (38 starts) behind the plate and was charged with two errors in 368 total chances... Threw out eight of the 26 runners (31 percent) attempting to steal against him...Recorded 23 of his 29 hits off righthanders... Collected a season-high three hits on 5/8 at Oklahoma City...Had contract selected by St. Louis on 5/17...Fouled out in pinch-hitting appearance in his debut with the Cardinals on 5/18 vs. Philadelphia...Started behind the plate on 5/19; his first start in the Majors since 9/25/15 while playing for Seattle...Also recorded his first career hit on 5/19 with a single off Philadelphia's Luis Garcia in the sixth inning; snapped an 0-for14 streak dating back to 2015...Was optioned back to Memphis on 5/26 and spent remaider of the season at Triple-A...Hit .288 (15-for-52) from 6/23 thru the end of the season...Played for Escogido during the Dominican Winter League and hit .258 (8- for-31) with a homer and four RBI in 11 games.
Threw out 29.0% (18 SB/62 SB ATT) of attempted base stealers between Tacoma (AAA) and Arkansas (AA).
Hit .280 (65x232) with 35 runs, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 22 RBI, 2 HBP, 34 walks in 67 games with AA Jackson…appeared in 1 game with AAA Tacoma…recorded 17 multi-hit contests, including 2 3-hit games: June 9 vs. Pensacola and June 11 at Mississippi…hit safely in season-high 8 games, July 12-23 (.393/11x28, 7 R, 2 2B, 2 BB)…on 7-day disabled list with right shoulder rotator cuff strain, Aug. 16-Sept. 20.
MLB Totals - Appeared in four games, all starts behind the plate. ... Quite A Debut - Major League debut September 9, catching all 9.0 innings of a one-hit shutout…first Mariners catcher to catch a shutout in his MLB debut…just the third catcher since 1914 to catch a 9.0-inning one-hitter in MLB debut…joins Boston's Russ Gibson (April 14, 1967 at Yankees) & Pittsburgh's Walter Schmidt (April 13, 1916 at Cardinals). ... Moving Up - Promoted to AAA Tacoma on June 4…hit .277 (51x184) with 27 runs, 12 doubles, 3 home runs, 20 RBI, 10 walks in 53 games with the Rainiers. ... AA Recap - Began season with AA Jackson, batting .243 (26x107) with 17 runs, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 13 RBI, 20 walks and 3 stolen bases in 35 games. ... Homer - First AAA home run and drove in career-high tying 4 RBI July 3 vs. Las Vegas. ... Strong Arm - Combined to throw out 27.8% of attempted basestealers in the minors (8 CS, 24 SB with Tacoma & 12 CS, 28 SB with Jackson). ... Disabled List - On DL Aug. 18-end of minor league season with strained right hamstring
Split season between High Desert (4/4-7/7) and Jackson (7/8-8/17)…combined to throw out 45.5% of basestealers (6 CS/6 SB w/Jackson & 30 CS/36 SB w/High Desert)… season-high 7-game hit streak, Aug. 6-16 with Jackson (.462/12x26, 2 R, 3 2B, 3 RBI, BB, SB)…placed on the DL on Aug. 18 for remainder of season with strained right hamstring.
In High Desert appeared in career-high 86 games…took part in Instructional League.
Appeared in 64 games with Clinton…season-high 9-game hit streak from June 4-22 (.486/17x35)…placed on the disabled list on July 6 for the remainder of the season with right elbow sprain…participated in the Mariners 2012 Instructional League.
Split season with Clinton and High Desert…three stints on DL, June 15-24 (right hand contusion), July 2-Aug. 21 (left wrist sprain) & Aug. 27-end of season (right shin infection).
Split the season between Clinton (45 G) and Everett (53 G)...named a NorthwestLeague Postseason All-Star after batting .253 (50x198) with 12 doubles, 2 triples, 3 homeruns and 22 RBI with Everett (A)...hit .300 (6x20) in 5 playoff games to help lead Everettto the NWL championship...combined to throw out 63 of 138 attempted base stealers(45.6%)...led the minors in catcher caught stealing...was hitting .169 (11x65) throughthe first 17 games with Everett, but finished strong hitting .293 (39x133) over the final 36games of the season...hit .315 (23x73) in August.
Made professional debut with Pulaski in the Appalachian League...went 1-for-3 with 2runs scored in first game July 16 vs. Burlington...hit first homer July 20 at Princeton...sawaction in 30 games, making 25 starts at catcher (.218/19x87) and 5 at designated hitter(.000/0x19)...finished the season with a season-high 6-game hitting streak (.350/7x20).