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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 has been confirmed as the Mariners' starter for Thursday's game in Toronto.
It'll essentially be a bullpen game, with Wilhelmsen taking the first couple of innings and several other relievers working in a piggyback. Wilhelmsen made one spot start earlier this season and owns a cool 2.10 ERA in 55 total appearances in 2014. Sep 24 - 4:10 PM

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Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said that he'll go with a "bullpen start" on Thursday in Toronto.

He wouldn't specify who would start the game, but it will likely be Tom Wilhelmsen. The M's needed another start after demoting Chris Young to the bullpen. Wilhelmsen made a spot start earlier this season and holds a 2.10 ERA over 55 appearances.
Sep 23 - 10:08 PM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Sunday that Tom Wilhelmsen is an option to start for the Mariners on Tuesday.

McClendon also acknowledged that bringing someone up from the minors to make that start was also a possibility. Erasmo Ramirez is the most likely candidate in that scenario. While Wilhelmsen has a good arm, until he's stretched out and added to the rotation on a permanent basis, he should be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Jul 20 - 5:24 PM

Tom Wilhelmsen is making his first major league start on Thursday night against the Twins.

The career reliever is not expected to last longer than a couple of innings in what will be a true bullpen game for Seattle. Wilhelmsen picked up a three-inning save at the end of June and threw two perfect frames on July 5 against the White Sox, so he's a decently-conditioned option for this type of outing. The 30-year-old right-hander owns a 2.49 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 40 strikeouts in 47 innings this season.
Jul 10 - 11:05 AM

Tom Wilhelmsen picked up a three-inning save Monday in the Mariners' 10-4 win over the Astros.

Wilhelmsen had already pitched three innings on two occasions this month, so tonight's outing was no big deal for him. From an ERA standpoint, the former closer has bounced back in a big way this year, coming in at 2.60 in 45 innings. However, his 38/22 K/BB ratio is a far cry from 2012's 87/29 mark in 79 1/3 innings.
Jul 1 - 12:38 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2Jesus Sucre
3Humberto Quintero
4John Hicks
1B1Logan Morrison
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Chris Taylor
2Brad Miller
3Ketel Marte
3B1Kyle Seager
2Willie Bloomquist
3Carlos Rivero
LF1Dustin Ackley
2Endy Chavez
3Stefen Romero
CF1Austin Jackson
2James Jones
3Franklin Gutierrez
RF1Michael Saunders
2Chris Denorfia
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4Chris Young
5Roenis Elias
6Taijuan Walker
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2Danny Farquhar
3Brandon Maurer
4Yoervis Medina
5Charlie Furbush
6Tom Wilhelmsen
7Joe Beimel
8Dominic Leone
9Carson Smith
10Lucas Luetge
11Erasmo Ramirez
12Mayckol Guaipe