Note: This page discusses 1990s and 2000s outfielder-first baseman Larry Sutton. For the prominent scout of the same name, click here.
Larry James Sutton
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 11", Weight 175 lb.
- School University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- High School Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana)
- Debut August 17, 1997
- Final Game June 1, 2004
- Born May 14, 1970 in West Covina, CA USA
Sutton was born in West Covina, CA in 1970, a few months before Jason Giambi was born in the same town. Sutton attended high school in Santa Ana, CA and then went to the University of Illinois at the same time as Scott Spiezio.
He was drafted in the 21st round in the 1992 amateur draft by the Kansas City Royals. He made an immediate impression in the Northwest League, slugging .597 in 70 games. A couple years later he slugged .542 with the Wilmington Blue Rocks in the Carolina League and was named league MVP.
He didn't get to the majors until he was 27, and then played with four teams in his seven major league seasons. Most of his at-bats came with the Kansas City Royals in 1998, where he appeared primarily as an outfielder. In his other six major league seasons, he was primarily a first baseman each year.
Although he was up in the majors in 2000, 2001, and 2004, he spent most of each year in Triple A ball but also saw time in the majors with the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics and Miami Marlins. Most notably, at age 34 in 2004 with the Albuquerque Isotopes in 91 games, he posted stats of .373/.475/.692.
Sutton was the hitting coach of the DSL Royals from 2008-2011. He managed the DSL Pirates 2 in 2012. Sutton became the Pittsburgh Pirates' minor league hitting coordinator from 2014-2018. He was then hitting coach of the Wilmington Blue Rocks in 2019
He played winter ball with the Venados de Mazatlan before going to Korea.