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Tony Watson | Relief Pitcher | #44

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/30/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Nebraska
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 9 (0) / PIT
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Tony Watson slammed the door on the Yankees in the ninth inning on Sunday, earning his sixth save of the season.
Watson was tasked with protecting a one-run lead and made things interesting by loading the bases with one out, but was able to bear down and strike out Aaron Hicks and get Pete Kozma to bounce into a fielder's choice to end the game. Watson has converted each of his first six save opportunities while posting a 1.13 ERA and 5/5 K/BB ratio in eight innings. Apr 23 - 4:35 PM

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Tony Watson allowed a hit in the ninth inning but closed the door without allowing a run to earn a save against the Braves on Saturday.

He gave up an infield single to Freddie Freeman to lead off the inning. Freeman advanced to second on a fielder's choice, then Watson drilled Nick Markakis with a pitch to bring the winning run to the plate. Watson then got Brandon Phillips to pop out before whiffing Chase d'Arnaud to end the game. It was an adventure but Watson got the job done in the end. He has pitched on back-to-back days and therefore may not be available on Sunday should another save chance arise.
Apr 8 - 11:15 PM

Tony Watson tossed a scoreless ninth inning on Friday versus the Braves to record his first save of the season.

Watson hit Kurt Suzuki with a pitch to lead off the frame, but he managed to escape with a couple groundouts and a lineout to preserve the one-run win. Daniel Hudson and possibly Felipe Rivero loom as potential closing options should Watson slip up, but the lefty should have a good bit of leash right now.
Apr 7 - 5:14 PM

Tony Watson allowed five runs in two-thirds of an inning out of the pen Sunday against the Blue Jays.

Uncharacteristically shaky, Watson has given up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings, though all of those runs have come in two of five outings. The Pirates haven't opened up their closer spot to a competition, but if they did, Daniel Hudson would be running away with the job. We'd prefer Hudson anyway, but Watson figures to be the choice initially.
Mar 19 - 5:38 PM

Tony Watson yielded three runs and four hits in two-thirds of an inning Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

The Pirates have started out using Watson and Daniel Hudson back-to-back in games. Hudson gave up a homer his first time out, while Watson threw a scoreless inning. Today, Watson got roughed up and Hudson went scoreless. The two are battling for the closer's role in Pittsburgh this year.
Feb 28 - 5:16 PM

Tony Watson lost his arbitration case against the Pirates and will make $5.6 million in 2017.

The left-hander requested a $6 million salary when arbitration figures were exchanged in early January. Watson could open the 2017 season as the Pirates' closer, but he has a challenger in right-hander Daniel Hudson.
Feb 16 - 11:20 AM

Tony Watson had his salary arbitration hearing in Florida on Wednesday.

Watson requested $6 million and was offered $5.6 million by the Pirates when figures were exchanged last month. Now a three-person arbitration panel will decide which salary the left-handed reliever is going to earn in 2017. That decision should be coming sometime Thursday.
Feb 16 - 8:27 AM

Tony Watson requested $6 million and was offered $5.6 million by the Pirates when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

Watson ascended to the closer's role in the Pirates' bullpen in 2016 after Mark Melancon was dealt to the Nationals, and he stumbled a bit with three blown saves in 18 chances. He's projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $5.9 million in arbitration, which is a bit closer to Watson's figure than the team's.
Jan 13 - 9:47 PM

Tony Watson struck out two in a perfect inning of work against the Brewers on Tuesday to earn his 14th save.

Watson has been a little shaky in September, but the lefty had no trouble with the bottom third of the Brewers' order. He's now got 14 saves in 19 chances on the year to go with a 3.20 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 12:04:00 AM

Tony Watson struck out two in a scoreless frame to record his 12th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Phillies.

Watson has been shaky of late but disposed of the Phillies with ease after the Pirates took the lead in the top of the ninth. The left-hander has recorded 12 saves in 15 chances since the trade of Mark Melancon.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 11:51:00 PM

Tony Watson earned his 11th save of the season on Wednesday night against the Cardinals.

Watson blew a save in brutal fashion on Tuesday, surrendering four runs on three homers in a loss to St. Louis, but he bounced back with an easy 1-2-3 inning on Wednesday. The left-hander should have a firm grip on the Bucs' closer role for the stretch run.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 10:28:00 PM

Tony Watson blew a save chance in epic fashion Tuesday, surrendering four runs on three home runs in a loss to the Cardinals.

The Pirates looked poised to end their seven-game losing streak, as Watson retired the first two batters he saw in the ninth. However, he then served up a game-tying home run to Matt Carpenter on an 0-2 pitch and then put himself in line for a loss when Randal Grichuk and Jhonny Peralta took him deep. Watson has blown each of his last two save chances, but his job should still be safe for now.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Tony Watson notched his 10th save Sunday in the Pirates' 3-1 defeat of the Brewers.

That concluded a big four-game sweep for the Bucs, who are very much alive in the National League Wild Card race despite selling off veteran closer Mark Melancon (and starter Francisco Liriano) at the August 1 trade deadline. Watson has converted 10 straight saves this month since Melancon's departure. The lefty has a 2.57 ERA for the year.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 04:56:00 PM

Tony Watson served up a solo homer but hung on to record the save in Tuesday's win over the Padres.

Jabari Blash launched one over the left-field wall to lead off the ninth against Watson, but the southpaw then retired three straight to preserve the victory. Watson has been scored upon in two out of his last three appearances.
Wed, Aug 10, 2016 12:05:00 AM

Tony Watson pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Reds on Saturday to earn his second save of the season.

Watson notched a strikeout without allowing a baserunner to lock down the save. It was a nice rebound after he blew a save chance his last time out. Watson owns a 2.66 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 47 1/3 innings overall this year, and he should be a solid source of saves for a competitive Pirates team down the stretch.
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 10:34:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
1B1Josh Bell
2John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
2Alen Hanson
3Phil Gosselin
4Gift Ngoepe
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
LF1Gregory Polanco
2Adam Frazier
3Jose Osuna
CF1Starling Marte
RF1Andrew McCutchen
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Chad Kuhl
5Tyler Glasnow
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Tony Watson
2Daniel Hudson
3Felipe Rivero
4Juan Nicasio
5Antonio Bastardo
6Trevor Williams
7Wade LeBlanc
8Johnny Barbato