Steve Watson (minors02)
K. Steven Watson (Doc) (listed as Carl Steven in the SABR Minor League Database, K. Steven in the 1984 Baseball Guide)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 185 lb.
- School Florida Southern College, Manatee Community College
Doc Watson was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 1980. He pitched in the minors from 1981-1984, going 14-12 and leading the 1983 Florida State League in appearances (55) while pitching for the Tampa Tarpons. He never made it beyond the FSL.
After his playing career ended, Watson became a coach for the GCL Reds (1985-1988). He was a minor league roving pitching instructor for the Cincinnati Reds in 1989 and was interim pitching coach for the Chattanooga Lookouts in 1990, when he also made an appearance on the mound (7 H, 6 R in 3 IP). Watson replaced Don Gullett when the latter needed surgery in June.
Watson was pitching coach for the GCL Pirates in 1991-1992, 1994-1998 and 2000. In between, he was a roving minor league pitching coordinator in 1993 and pitching coach for the 1999 Hickory Crawdads. Watson started the 1996 season as interim pitching coach for the Augusta GreenJackets while Wayne Garland recovered from off-season surgery. He returned to the GCL on May 4th. In 2001 and 2002, Doc was the full time pitching rehab coordinator for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he had served in that role on a part-time basis since 1991.
In 2008, Watson became a manager for the first time. He was pitching coach of the Jamestown Jammers in 2009, Jupiter Hammerheads in 2010, Charlotte Stone Crabs in 2011-2012, Hudson Valley Renegades in 2013 and Charlotte again in 2014-2019. He was scheduled to return to Charlotte in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to Covid-19. Watson was pitching coach of the Montgomery Biscuits in 2021.
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|2008||GCL Marlins||Gulf Coast League||30-24||5th||Florida Marlins|