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Cole Michael Sturgeon (born September 17, 1991) is an American professional baseball outfielder who is a free agent. Listed at 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 m) and 180 pounds (82 kg), he bats and throws left-handed.
The Red Sox selected Sturgeon out of the University of Louisville in Kentucky, for their 29th pick in the tenth round of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. A two-way player for the Louisville Cardinals, Sturgeon was a two-time All-State selection and two-time Region Player of the Year and four-time Academic All-State. Additionally, he earned honors twice as All A State Tournament Most Outstanding Player during his preparatory career at Owensboro Catholic High School.
Sturgeon hit .325 and slugged .468 in 63 games as a senior at Louisville, including two home runs, 31 RBIs, 18 stolen bases and a .410 OBP. He also posted a 3–0 record and a 2.06 ERA in 24 pitching appearances, striking out 35 batters in 34 innings of work. Previously, he was the leadoff hitter in 50 of 51 games for the Wareham Gatemen and was a key ingredient as the club won the wooden-bat Cape Cod Baseball League title in 2012. Sturgeon batted .307 with six home runs, 19 RBIs, 43 runs scored, 11 doubles and two triples in 50 total games with Wareham (regular season and playoffs combined), while going 2–0 with a 3.18 ERA and one save in eight relief appearances, including 11 strikeouts in 11 1⁄3 innings. He returned to Wareham in 2013, and was named a league all-star.
Sturgeon debuted professionally with the Short-Season A Lowell Spinners in June 2014, posting a .276/.300/.414 slash line in seven games before being promoted to the Low-A Greenville Drive on July 7. He hit .284 in 48 games for the Drive, ending with a .283 average, 10 doubles, two home runs, 31 runs, and 30 RBIs in the two stints. He showed his versatility by being able to play all three outfield positions, and saw most of his playing time in center field and right field.
Sturgeon opened 2015 with the Class A-Advanced Salem Red Sox, earning a promotion to the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs in the midseason. On July 3, Sturgeon had his first pitching appearance as a professional with three scoreless innings of relief for Portland, earning the win and scoring the winning run, to give the Sea Dogs a 16-inning walk-off victory after five hours and nine minutes of action. With his effort, Sturgeon became the 15th position player in the franchise's 22-year history to also pitch in a game, as well as the third to earn a win while doing so. The steady oufielder hit a .245/.285/.333 line and collected a .974 fielding percentage in 104 games between Salem and Portland, competing at four levels in less than two years.
In 2016, Sturgeon started the season by playing two games with the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox before being assigned to Portland. In 117 games for the Sea Dogs, Sturgeon slashed .267/.312/.370 with 40 RBIs and 36 runs scored. He committed just six errors in 273 chances while playing all outfield positions and posted a .985 fielding percentage overall. Sturgeon spent the 2017 season with Double-A Portland, where he batted .264 with six home runs and 52 RBIs in 118 games played. He opened the 2018 season with Double-A Portland, where he batted .365 with six home runs and 18 RBIs in 31 games. In mid-May, he was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, where he appeared in 67 games, batting .214 with three home runs and 20 RBIs.
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