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Tom Wilhelmsen | Relief Pitcher

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Tom Wilhelmsen (back) is available to pitch Monday.
Wilhelmsen hasn't pitched since last Tuesday due to a stiff back, but he's back to normal now. "The Bartender" has thrown three scoreless frames so far this year. Apr 14 - 5:25 PM

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Mariners recalled RHP Tom Wilhelmsen from Triple-A Tacoma.

Wilhelmsen was sent down nearly a month ago, but he unfortunately didn't really figure things out at Triple-A, striking out 15 over 12 innings but posting a 10.50 ERA. The former closer will be used in low-leverage situations for now.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 11:25:00 AM

Mariners interim manager Robby Thompson said Tuesday that there are no plans at this time to convert Tom Wilhelmsen into a starter.

Wilhelmsen made the start on Tuesday for Triple-A Tacoma, but it appears to have been in an effort to just get in some extra work. The righty began his pro career in the rotation but is better suited for relief and that's the role he'll remain in.
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 07:31:00 PM

Tom Wilhelmsen will start Tuesday for Triple-A Tacoma.

Very interesting. The Mariners aren't calling him a starting pitcher yet, but they want to see how he responds to the role. It's worth noting that Wilhelmsen was primarily a starting pitcher before being called up to the majors in 2011, though he didn't enjoy much success.
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 01:37:00 PM

Mariners optioned RHP Tom Wilhelmsen to Triple-A Tacoma.

Wilhelmsen was the Mariners' closer just one week ago, but his implosion against the Red Sox last Thursday was apparently the last straw. The 29-year-old has a disappointing 4.37 ERA and 35/26 K/BB ratio over 47 1/3 inning this season. Danny Farquhar is the pitcher to own in his bullpen right now.
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 08:33:00 AM

The Mariners decided to send down Tom Wilhelmsen after Monday's game against the Blue Jays.

From closer to minor leaguer without even one blown save in between. Wilhelmsen was 7-for-7 saving games since regaining his job, only to lose it again in one ugly four-batter appearance against the Red Sox on Aug 1. He hadn't pitched since, and the Mariners brass must have figured that if the manager doesn't trust him, it makes more sense to get him regular work in the majors than to waste away in the major league pen.
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 01:34:00 AM

Mariners acting manager Robby Thompson said Friday that Tom Wilhelmsen is out as closer for the time being.

Wilhelmsen imploded in epic fashion Thursday night against the Red Sox, throwing just seven out of 19 pitches for strikes while allowing two hits and two walks. It's worth noting that he was pitching pretty well prior to Thursday's outing, but Thompson plans to look elsewhere in the short-term. Yoervis Medina is probably the favorite for save chances right now.
Fri, Aug 2, 2013 05:43:00 PM

After coming in with a 7-2 lead, Tom Wilhelmsen was charged with four runs without ever retiring a batter Thursday against the Red Sox.

Just seven of Wilhelmsen's 19 pitches were strikes. It was control problems that cost him his closer gig earlier this season, but he had been quite a bit better of late; allowing one run in 7 1/3 innings and walking three since the All-Star break. He's also still 8-for-8 in his save chances since regaining the closer's gig, so one bad outing probably won't get him sent back to middle relief. That said, he's hardly someone who can be relied on as a source of saves for the rest of the season.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 11:05:00 PM

Tom Wilhelmsen earned his fourth save of the second half by tossing a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Indians.

Wilhelmsen inherited a 4-3 lead and nearly coughed it up, allowing two hits before being bailed out by slick infield defense. Seattle is riding an eight-game winning streak and Wilhelmsen has been a huge fantasy benefactor, saving five of those games. He has 23 on the season to go with a 3.77 ERA.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 01:12:00 AM

Tom Wilhelmsen picked up his third save in four days with a scoreless ninth Monday against the Indians.

Wilhelmsen gave up runs in two of his final three outings before the break, but the Mariners have kept him in the closer's role anyway. Tonight, he gave up a one-out double to Michael Brantley and walked Jason Giambi before getting Lonnie Chisenhall to fly out to end a 2-1 game.
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 01:16:00 AM

Tom Wilhelmsen earned his 21st save of the season Saturday in the Mariners' 4-2 win over the Astros.

Wilhelmsen has not blown a save opportunity since being inserted back into Seattle's ninth-inning role in early July. He is again a reliable fantasy closer and that should remain true for the remainder of the 2013 campaign.
Sat, Jul 20, 2013 10:22:00 PM

Mopping up against the Red Sox, Tom Wilhelmsen walked two and allowed two runs in his inning of work on Wednesday.

It's the first time in eight outings that Wilhelmsen has walked a batter and the first in seven that he's allowed a run. The Mariners were down 9-4 when he came in, so the poor night didn't do them any harm. Still, it may have hurt Wilhelmsen's cause, just as he was being eased back into the closer's role. He threw 36 pitches tonight, so he probably won't be used if there's a save chance on Thursday. That could go to Oliver Perez.
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 01:38:00 AM

Tom Wilhelmsen earned his 18th save of the season Sunday in the Mariners' 3-1 defeat of the Reds.

Wilhelmsen tossed a perfect ninth inning to cap off a stellar outing from starter Joe Saunders and a hitless eighth-inning relief appearance by Charlie Furbush. Wilhelmsen is now 2-for-2 since being reinserted as the Seattle closer and should remain a solid fantasy option for the remainder of the 2013 campaign.
Sun, Jul 7, 2013 04:00:00 PM

Tom Wilhelmsen earned his 17th save of the season on Wednesday in his first opportunity since being restored as the Mariners' closer.

Before the game, Mariners manager Eric Wedge hinted it could be Wilhelmsen if a save opportunity arose. Sure enough, with a two-run lead the big righty was called on and delivered his first save since June 10. He seems over whatever ailed him last month and should be owned in all standard fantasy leagues.
Thu, Jul 4, 2013 12:05:00 AM

Mariners manager Eric Wedge said that Tom Wilhelmsen could be used in a potential save situation on Wednesday.

It comes a day after Wedge said that Wilhelmsen was close to getting his ninth inning job back. Wilhelmsen has allowed just one baserunner over his last four appearances while striking out four. He should be fine as the club's closer if he can manage to avoid the free passes.
Wed, Jul 3, 2013 08:31:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2John Buck
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Robinson Cano
2Nick Franklin
SS1Brad Miller
3B1Kyle Seager
2Willie Bloomquist
LF1Dustin Ackley
2Stefen Romero
CF1Abraham Almonte
2Franklin Gutierrez
RF1Logan Morrison
2Michael Saunders
3James Jones
DH1Corey Hart
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Erasmo Ramirez
4Taijuan Walker
5James Paxton
6Roenis Elias
7Chris Young
8Blake Beavan
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2Danny Farquhar
3Yoervis Medina
4Charlie Furbush
5Tom Wilhelmsen
6Joe Beimel
7Dominic Leone