Steve Lombardozzi Jr.

Steve Lombardozzi
Lombardozzi with the Nashville Sounds in 2018
Oakland Athletics
Second baseman / Left fielder
Born: (1988-09-20) September 20, 1988
Edina, Minnesota
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 6, 2011, for the Washington Nationals
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Batting average .263
Hits 207
Home runs 5
Runs batted in 52
Teams

Stephen Anthony Paul Lombardozzi Jr. (born September 20, 1988) is an American professional baseball second baseman and left fielder in the Oakland Athletics organization. He previously played in MLB for the Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates. He has also played for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

Career

Washington Nationals

Lombardozzi graduated from Atholton High School in 2007.[1] A player on the school's varsity baseball team, he was named a preseason third-team Rawlings high school All-American in 2005. Lombardozzi was playing with the Holyoke Blue Sox in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) when he was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 19th round (571st overall) of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft out of St. Petersburg College.[2][3]

Lombardozzi spent 2009 with the Class A Hagerstown Suns and recorded a .296 batting average with three home runs, 58 runs batted in (RBIs), and 16 stolen bases in 126 games. Prior to the 2010 season, Lombardozzi was ranked as the Nationals' 15th best prospect.[4] He split the season between the Class-A Advanced Potomac Nationals and Double-A Harrisburg Senators, hitting .293 with six home runs, 49 RBIs, 35 doubles, 11 triples, and 24 stolen bases in 137 games.[5] After reporting back to Harrisburg to start the 2011 season, Lombardozzi earned a promotion to the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs after hitting .309 in 65 games. He was called up to the majors for the first time on September 6, 2011.[6]

Lombardozzi was granted a spot on the Nationals 25-man roster for the 2012 season after a productive spring.[7] His productivity continued into the regular season with a .333 batting average as a semi-regular through May 20. On June 4, 2013 he hit his first career walk-off, a sacrifice fly in a 3–2 victory over the Mets.[8]

Detroit Tigers

On December 2, 2013, Lombardozzi was traded to the Detroit Tigers, along with pitchers Ian Krol and Robbie Ray, for starting pitcher Doug Fister.[9]

Baltimore Orioles

On March 24, 2014, before playing in a regular-season game with the Tigers, Lombardozzi was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Alex Gonzalez.[10] On March 29, 2014 it was announced that Lombardozzi had made the Opening Day roster for the Orioles. He was optioned to the Triple-A Norfolk Tides on May 1 when Manny Machado returned from the disabled list.[11]

Lombardozzi was outrighted off the Orioles roster on December 8, 2014.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Lombardozzi was acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates on February 3, 2015.

Chicago White Sox

On October 26, 2015, the Chicago White Sox signed Lombardozzi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. He was released by the White Sox on March 31, 2016.

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs

On April 17, 2016, Lombardozzi signed with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

Second Stint with Nationals

On June 6, 2016, the Washington Nationals signed Lombardozzi and optioned him to the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs. [12]

Miami Marlins

On February 28, 2017, Lombardozzi signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins. [13]

Oakland Athletics

On January 8, 2018, Lombardozzi signed a minor league deal with the Oakland Athletics.

Personal life

His father, Steve Lombardozzi, played in the majors from 1985 to 1990.[14]

See also

References

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