2016 represents his first season as Catching and Information Coach following five seasons bullpen coach (originally appointed Nov. 10, 2010)...2016 also marks his 13th with the organization...In April 2012, filled in as first base coach while Alfredo Griffin was away from the team for personal reasons... Spent eight previous seasons (2003-2010) as Angels bullpen catcher…Filled in as bullpen coach for part of 2007 season while Orlando Mercado recovered from surgery on his left Achilles tendon and a broken arm in 2010...In 2002, served as volunteer coach for the Yuma (AZ) Bullfrogs in the independent Western League.
PLAYING CAREER & MISC
Spent eight professional seasons as catcher with the Cleveland (1993-99) and San Diego (2000- 01) organizations… Compiled .236 batting average (345/1463) with 168 runs scored, 62 doubles, 3 triples, 13 home runs and 144 RBIs in 473 minor league games…Was catcher in 1998 Triple-A World Series…Originally selected by Indians in 13th round of 1993 free agent draft …Signed by Padres, Nov. 22, 1999, after being granted free agency following 1999 season… Elbow injury sidelined him in 2001 and eventually ended his playing career… Played four seasons at Cal State University Los Angeles, earning third team All-American and team MVP honors in 1993…A 1989 graduate of Rio Mesa High in Oxnard (CA)… Active in off season in youth baseball camps and clinics… Assists Angels Community Relations during the season with various youth baseball clinics, hospital visits and community appearances… Also participated in Mike Scioscia's annual Youth Baseball Clinic in Thousand Oaks, CA... One of the leaders of Angels Youth Baseball Clinics for the past seven seasons, instructing children at various clinics around Southern California, including the Angels Baseball Foundation's Challenger Classic... Full name is Steven Soliz Jr... Pronounced Sol-eeze