2013 Non-Roster Invitees (Part 1)
Welcome back to the Knight Fever blog! It’s been a busy couple of weeks already in January, as we get closer to the 2013 season — the final one at Knights Stadium. I’m so excited about what we have in store for our fans. There will be more to come about that in the coming weeks, stay tuned!
Last week the Chicago White Sox announced that they have invited 20 players to Major League Spring Training. I am going to do my best to profile all 20 players over the course of the next couple of weeks, leading up to when pitchers and catchers report to Arizona on February 12.
Tolleson, 29, is a native of Spartanburg, SC, and is the son of former Major League Wayne Tolleson. His dad spent time in the Majors from 1981-1990, including a stint with the White Sox in 1986. Wayne is a product of Western Carolina University.
The younger Tolleson is a product of the University of South Carolina and a former fifth round pick of the Minnesota Twins in the 2005 draft.
On April 28, 2010, Steve made his Major League debut as a member of the Oakland A’s. Two days later, the South Carolina native recorded his first Big League hit off of Josh Roenicke of Toronto. In all, he appeared in 25 games for the A’s and compiled a .286 batting average with one home run and four RBIs.
He began the 2011 campaign with Triple-A Sacramento and was sharp over 46 games — hitting .274 with five home runs and 19 RBIs. On May 29, however, Tolleson was traded to San Diego for a player to be named later. He finished the season with Triple-A Tucson and hit .276 with four home runs and 36 RBIs in 77 games.
Last year, Tolleson signed a contract with the Baltimore Orioles and began the season with Triple-A Norfolk. On Opening Day, April 6, at Knights Stadium, Tolleson hit a fourth inning home run off of Knights starter Charlie Shirek. Tolleson had a walk in four-straight games of the series. He was promoted to Baltimore on May 9 and hit .183 in 71 at-bats for the O’s.
Over parts of eight Minor League seasons, Tolleson holds a career .282 batting average with 52 home runs and 302 RBIs. He also has 102 stolen bases over that span and 155 doubles.