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Steve Krueger

From BR Bullpen

  • Throws Left
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.
  • Born ~1957

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Biographical Information[edit]

Steve Krueger was an All-American hurler who peaked at AA.

Krueger was taken by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 31st round of the 1978 amateur draft out of junior college. He continued on to the University of Arkansas and was 10-2 in 1979, setting a school record with 11 complete games. In the finale of the 1979 College World Series, he threw a five-hitter but lost 2-1 to Cal State Fullerton. He and Tony Hudson were picked as the Series' top two pitchers. As a senior in 1980, he went 13-0 to set a school record for wins. He joined Neal Heaton as the first-team All-American pitchers. He had a 1.66 ERA in his two seasons for Arkansas. The Seattle Mariners took him 83rd overall in the 1980 amateur draft, with their fourth-round pick, four slots before Doug Drabek.

Steve split 1980 between the Bellingham Mariners (3-0, 1.38 in 4 G) and San Jose Missions (4-2, 4.85 in 8 G). In 1981, he was a good reliever for the Lynn Sailors, going 1-3 with two saves and a 2.77 ERA in 41 outings. He had the lowest ERA of any Lynn hurler with 10+ outings, beating out future major leaguers like Mike Moore and Matt Young. In '82, he was not as sharp for Lynn (4-4, 4 Sv, 5.82 in 31 G) in ending his pro career. He had gone 12-9 with 6 saves and a 3.84 ERA in 84 minor league games.

Krueger later worked in the Shawnee County Sheriff's Department and was inducted into the Arkansas Hall of Fame.