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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
Contract: view contract details

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Pirates re-instated LHP Tony Watson from the paternity leave list.
Watson welcomed a new son, Theodore, to the world this week. The 30-year-old reliever has been one of the steadiest middle relievers in the game in recent years. He owns a 2.18 ERA in 20 appearances. May 28 - 5:47 PM

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Pirates placed LHP Tony Watson on the paternity leave list.

Watson will be excused for the next 3-5 days to welcome a new child. The left-handed reliever owns a 2.18 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 20 2/3 innings this season.
May 25 - 2:19 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated that he will not use Tony Watson prior to the seventh inning.

Hurdle is keen on having a number of options to bridge the path to Mark Melancon in the ninth inning. Watson is one of those options. Arquimedes Caminero is also in the mix to set-up. From the way Hurdle is framing it, at least in the early going, he will be using his arms in situational fashion, rather than cementing in roles. Last season, Watson held a 1.91 ERA and 62/17 K/BB ratio across 75 1/3 innings.
Apr 6 - 5:11 PM

Pirates and LHP Tony Watson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.45 million contract.

Watson's strikeout rate dipped in 2015, but he put up a sub-2.00 ERA for the second straight season. He'll once again set up for Mark Melancon this season.
Jan 15 - 1:04 PM

Tony Watson notched his 40th hold of the year with a scoreless eighth Wednesday against the Rockies.

The unheralded Watson is two holds away from breaking Joel Peralta's record of 41 established with the Rays two years ago. He already has five more holds than any left-hander previously (Jonny Venters had 35 for the Braves in 2011).
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 01:05:00 AM

Tony Watson is unavailable out of the Pirates bullpen on Thursday.

The southpaw has shouldered a large workload already this season, appearing in 34 of the team's first 65 contests, that after appearing in a league-leading 78 games in 2014. He's in the midst of another terrific season in a setup role, compiling a 1.78 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 30/8 K/BB ratio over 35 1/3 innings.
Thu, Jun 18, 2015 07:31:00 PM

Tony Watson tossed a pair of scoreless innings for his first save of the season in Wednesday's win versus the Cubs.

Jared Hughes got into some eighth-inning trouble, allowing the Cubs to stage a rally, but Watson came in and put out the fire. After allowing an inherited runner to score on a fielder's choice, the lefty got Jonathan Herrera to foul out and Addison Russell to line out to end the frame. In the ninth, he worked around a two-out Anthony Rizzo single by striking out Kris Bryant to end the contest. Regular closer Mark Melancon has struggled while showing diminished velocity, perhaps why he wasn't used. Manager Clint Hurdle stuck by Melancon when prompted by the media prior to Wednesday's game, but if Melancon continues to struggle, Watson could see increased save chances. As a result, he's worth stashing in leagues with deep rosters.
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 10:46:00 PM

Pirates and LHP Tony Watson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

The left-hander was eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter. Watson was an All-Star in 2014, when he held a 1.63 ERA and 81/15 K/BB ratio across 77 1/3 innings. He'll help set up again in 2015.
Fri, Jan 16, 2015 03:30:00 PM

Tony Watson was called on to close out the Braves on Tuesday, pitching a scoreless ninth inning to earn his second save of the season.

With switch-hitting Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed hitting Freddie Freeman due up, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle went to the southpaw to protect a two-run lead. Watson allowed a one-out single to Phil Gosselin but induced a double play from Freeman to end the game. Watson has been terrific this season, and he'll continue to be one of Hurdle's top relievers into October.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 10:21:00 PM

Tony Watson worked the ninth inning, allowing three baserunners but holding the Brewers off the scoreboard to earn his first save of the season Sunday.

Protecting a one-run lead, Watson gave up a leadoff single to Carlos Gomez and another hit to Rickie Weeks, but Gomez was gunned out trying for third base. He hit Aramis Ramirez with two outs to give Pirates fans more trepidation, but Ryan Braun flied out to end the threat. Watson got the call after Mark Melancon had worked the previous three days. Melancon is still locked in as the Bucs' closer, with Watson serving primarily as a setup man.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 04:14:00 PM

Tony Watson was credited with his eighth win in relief after pitching a scoreless inning against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Watson had a 0.93 ERA when he was named to the NL All-Star team last month. He's given up five runs over 8 2/3 innings in his last eight appearances, but he's picked up three wins during that span anyway.
Sat, Aug 2, 2014 01:17:00 AM

Tony Watson notched a six-out save in Thursday's win over the Reds.

It was his second career save, both of them coming this season. Watson struck out one and didn't allow a hit or a walk. Jason Grilli was unavailable after pitching the previous two days (including his first blown save on Wednesday), but he should be ready for Friday's series opener against the Angels.
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 04:14:00 PM

With both Jason Grilli and Mark Melancon unavailable, Tony Watson nailed down his first career save Thursday, giving up one run over two innings in a win over the Phillies.

Watson allowed a hit and a run in the eighth and a leadoff double in the ninth, but he then retired three straight to close out the two-run victory. The southpaw has a 3.00 ERA and 0.83 WHIP for the season and appears to be third in line for saves in Pittsburgh.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 05:14:00 PM

Making his first appearance in three weeks, Tony Watson gave up three runs in an inning Wednesday against the Braves.

Watson figured to be a lock for the Pirates pen after finishing with a 3.38 ERA in 53 1/3 innings as a lefty specialist last year, but he's dealing with some largely undisclosed issues right now and he's given up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings this spring. He does have an option remaining, so the Pirates may choose to send him down until he gets things sorted out.
Wed, Mar 20, 2013 05:45:00 PM

Tony Watson is scheduled to return to action Sunday.

Watson hasn't pitched in a game since February 28 due to unspecified mechanical and physical issues. However, it appears that he is over the hump.
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 05:06:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Eric Fryer
1B1John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Matt Joyce
CF1Andrew McCutchen
2Adam Frazier
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3Jeff Locke
4Jameson Taillon
Relief Pitcher
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Arquimedes Caminero
4Neftali Feliz
5Jared Hughes
6A.J. Schugel
7Ryan Vogelsong
8Juan Nicasio
9Jon Niese