Jon-Mark Sprowl collected his first WOW of 2004 as he was signed to a minor league contract by the New York Yankees and was promoted to the Tampa Yankees in the Florida State League!!
Sprowl collected 9 WOWs during the 2003 season.
WOW - MWL post-season All-Star selection at Catcher
WOW - Batted .402 with the Battle Creek Yankees
WOW - Was 2nd in Midwest League with a .321 average
WOW - Led the Midwest League in on-base percentage (.425)
WOW - Collected 5-hit game — May 19 at Cedar Rapids
WOW - Knocked out 37 multi-hit games in 2003
WOW - Put together a 9-game hitting streak — August 15-25
WOW - Hit .412 with runners on base
WOW - Hit .389 with runners in scoring position
Jon-Mark Sprowl was born on August 1, 1980 in Panama City, Florida. He is the son of former Astros and Red Sox pitcher, Bobby Sprowl. The left-handed hitting catcher went to Bay High School in Panama, and, after graduating in 1998, attended Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, AL.
Sprowl was Selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 47th Round (1373rd Overall) of the 1998 amateur draft.
Sprowl began his professional career in 1999 with the Mesa Cubs in the Arizona Rookie League and promptly smashed out a .392 batting average!
In 2000, Jon-Mark joined the Eugene Emeralds for the majority of the season before getting a couple of games in with Lansing, where he stayed for the entire 2001 season.
He was acquired by the Arizona Diamondbacks in spring training of 2002 (March 15th), and went on to play 5 positions for the Lancaster Jethawks.
Jon-Mark joined the South Bend Silverhawks in 2003 and batted .296 after 95 games.
When the July 31st trading deadline rolled around in 2003, Sprowl was included in the Raul Mondesi trade with the New York Yankees and was quickly assigned to Battle Creek in the Midwest League. Jon-Mark Sprowl made his debut with the Yankees on July 30 with a half-inning of work behind the plate. He would go on to hit .402 with Battle Creek.
*** Did you know...For good luck, Jon-Mark wears the same undershirt during every game.***
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Thanks for visiting my site!! My name is Jonmarc Lippincott and as you can tell I am a big fan of Jon-Mark Sprowl!! If not for the similarities in name alone, Sprowl is an outstanding ballplayer. He is very patient at the plate, doesn't strike out a whole lot, and gets on base. All the ingredients for a extended, if not permanent, stay in the big leagues!
I was lucky enough to see Jon-Mark play while he was in the Midwest League. Since I'm from Dayton, I was able to go to the Dragons' games whenever South Bend or Battle Creek was in town.
Look for big things out of Sprowl in 2004. If given the chance, he can play 3B, OF, 1B, C, and DH and will most definitely contribute with his presence at the plate.
Please look around my site, especially my baseball card section, as I am always looking to add to my collection. If you have any cards that I need, or any autographed or game used memorabilia of Sprowl's and would like to sell/trade, please feel free to send me an email at (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thanks again!