Stephen Sauer begins his first year with the ThunderBolts in 2012. He signed with Windy City on February 7, 2012. After being drafted in the 10th round of the amateur entry draft by the Chicago White Sox in 2008, Sauer started in Great Falls. He spent a year in Kannapolis in 2009 and was promoted to Winston-Salem in 2010 where he posted an 8-10 record in 26 starts. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, he went to Arizona State University. He played high school ball at Shadow Ridge High School in Las Vegas.