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Tom Wilhelmsen | Relief Pitcher | #54

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 12/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 7 (0) / MLW
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Rangers and RHP Tom Wilhelmsen avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.1 million contract.
Wilhelmsen earned $1.4 million in 2015 while posting a 3.19 ERA with 13 saves and a 60/29 K/BB ratio over 62 innings, so he earned himself a nice raise. Acquired from the Rangers in November in the Leonys Martin deal, the 32-year-old is under team control through 2017. Jan 13 - 2:00 PM

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Rangers acquired RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, OF James Jones and a PTBN from the Mariners for OF Leonys Martin and RHP Anthony Bass.

Wilhelmsen picked up 13 saves after replacing Carson Smith as the Mariners' closer last year, but he was never particularly trustworthy, largely because of the 29 walks in 62 innings. He'll be useful in Texas, but it's far better for him to serve as the third or fourth righty in a pen, as he will now, than the first or second.
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 06:07:00 PM

Tom Wilhelmsen is unavailable for Thursday's game against the Royals.

Wilhelmsen threw 32 pitches in a blown save Wednesday, so he'll get some rest. Carson Smith might also be unavailable, but Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon could have to plate the matchups late.
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 05:51:00 PM

Tom Wilhelmsen took his first blown save after giving up a run in the ninth Wednesday against the Royals.

Carson Smith was sharp, getting four outs to set him up. Wilhelmsen, though, allowed his first run since Aug. 16 to send the game to extras, where the Mariners lost in 10. Wilhelmsen still figures to finish out the season as Seattle's closer, even though Smith has regained his old form in a setup role.
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 01:19:00 AM

Tom Wilhelmsen notched his 10th save of the season in Sunday's 3-2 win over the A's, tossing a scoreless ninth.

Wilhelmsen might not have allowed a run, but that's not to say he completely shut down the ninth. With the Mariners clinging to a 3-2 lead, he allowed a pair of two-out singles before finally finishing the game off on a Mark Canha liner that found a glove in left field. Few experiences rival that of the Mariner Save Experience. To his credit, Wilhelmsen is 10-for-10 in save chances, but his 3.31 ERA and 1.40 WHIP are not numbers that portend to a smooth ride when he steps to the mound in the ninth.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 07:20:00 PM

Tom Wilhelmsen got a five-out save Wednesday against the Astros.

Wilhelmsen came into a 5-3 game in the eighth and then stayed in after the Mariners made it 8-3 in the top of the ninth. Thanks to the Mariners' recent run, he's managed to notch six saves in the last 11 days.
Thu, Sep 3, 2015 12:29:00 AM

Tom Wilhelmsen threw a perfect ninth inning against the Astros on Tuesday to earn his seventh save.

Wilhelmsen struck out one in the scoreless inning of work. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon's vote of confidence last week wasn't terribly confident, but Wilhelmsen has done nothing to suggest he isn't capable of handling the job. The big righty is now 7-for-7 in save chances with a 3.60 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 48/24 K/BB ratio in 50 innings this year.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 01:07:00 AM

Tom Wilhelmsen locked down his fifth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Friday's 2-0 win over the White Sox.

Wilhelmsen entered with the Mariners clinging to a 2-0 lead. He made sure that slight advantage held up, recording three outs without issue. He's now 5-for-5 in save chances and has pitched to a 3.78 ERA with a 45/23 K/BB ratio over 47 2/3 innings.
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 12:53:00 AM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Wednesday that Tom Wilhelmsen is the team's closer "as we speak."

It's not a surprise, as Wilhelmsen has converted each of the club's last two save chances without much difficulty. Carson Smith is still probably the team's best reliever and perhaps their closer of the future, but he's going through a rough patch right now so it makes sense to give Wilhelmsen a shot.
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 02:43:00 PM

Tom Wilhelmsen picked up his fourth save with a scoreless ninth inning facing the Athletics in Tuesday's 6-5 victory.

Wilhelmsen worked around a two-out Sam Fuld double as Josh Reddick lined out to end the game. The right-hander got the save on Monday as well and appears to be the Mariners' leading ninth-inning option at the moment. He's 4-for-4 in save chances with a 3.86 ERA and a 45/23 K/BB ratio in 46 2/3 innings.
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 01:44:00 AM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said that Tom Wilhelmsen would like see the save chance if one came up on Monday.

Wilhelmsen closed out the Mariners' win on Sunday, coming into the game after Carson Smith. McClendon hasn't officially anointed Wilhelmsen as the club's new ninth-inning man, but it does appear he's the preferred option at the moment over the struggling Smith. Pick him up in fantasy leagues if he's still on your waiver wire.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 07:08:00 PM

Tom Wilhelmsen earned his third save of the 2015 season in the Mariners' win over the White Sox on Sunday.

And the other two saves came in extra-inning situations. Carson Smith is struggling and Fernando Rodney has been pushed off the 40-man roster, so Wilhelmsen could vulture some more save opportunities down the stretch. "We had better results today," Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon told MLB.com after Sunday's win. "We'll see. Right now we're going to match up the best way we can and put guys in the best position you possibly can for them to succeed."
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 11:31:00 AM

Mariners recalled RHP Tom Wilhelmsen from Triple-A Tacoma.

The former closer has put up a 4.68 ERA, 1.72 WHIP and 28/11 K/BB mark over 25 innings with the M's this season. He'll be used in middle relief.
Fri, Jul 17, 2015 01:39:00 PM

Mariners optioned RHP Tom Wilhelmsen to Triple-A Tacoma.

The 31-year-old right-hander has struggled out of the Mariners bullpen this season, posting a 4.68 ERA, 1.72 WHIP and 28/11 K/BB mark over 25 innings. He'll look to get back on track in the minor leagues before hopefully rejoining the M's bullpen later in the season.
Sat, Jul 4, 2015 09:18:00 AM

Mariners activated RHP Tom Wilhelmsen from the 15-day disabled list.

The M's had initially planned to send Wilhelmsen for a rehab appearance or two, but the reliever evidently looked good enough in a simulated game that they decided to go ahead and activate him. Dominic Leone has been sent down in a corresponding move.
Fri, May 8, 2015 05:03:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Chris Gimenez
3Michael McKenry
4Bobby Wilson
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Rougned Odor
2Hanser Alberto
3Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Pedro Ciriaco
LF1Josh Hamilton
2Justin Ruggiano
3Joey Gallo
4Patrick Kivlehan
CF1Delino DeShields
2James Jones
3Jordan Danks
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Ryan Rua
DH1Prince Fielder
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Yu Darvish
3Derek Holland
4Martin Perez
5Colby Lewis
6Chi Chi Gonzalez
7A.J. Griffin
8Anthony Ranaudo
9Nick Martinez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Tolleson
2Tom Wilhelmsen
3Jake Diekman
4Keone Kela
5Sam Dyson
6Sam Freeman
7Andrew Faulkner
8Alex Claudio
9Tony Barnette
10Luke Jackson
11Ross Ohlendorf
12Tanner Scheppers
13Jose Leclerc
14Cesar Ramos