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Tom Wilhelmsen | Relief Pitcher

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. Sep 24 - 5:51 PM

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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.
Sep 24 - 1:19 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.
Sep 6 - 7:20 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.
Sep 3 - 12:29 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.
Sep 2 - 1:07 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.
Aug 29 - 12:53 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.
Aug 26 - 2:43 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.
Aug 26 - 1:44 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.
Aug 24 - 7:08 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 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."
Aug 24 - 11:31 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.
Jul 17 - 1:39 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.
Jul 4 - 9:18 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.
May 8 - 5:03 PM

Tom Wilhelmsen (elbow) is most likely going to throw a simulated game on Wednesday.

Bob Dutton, of the Tacoma News Tribune, wrote that a Wilhelmsen simulated game for Wednesday was the "tentative plan." The right-hander has been on the shelf since April 10 with a hyperextended right elbow, but he threw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Sunday and reported that it went well. He appears on track for a return in the middle of May.
May 5 - 7:26 PM

Tom Wilhelmsen (elbow) threw a successful 35-pitch bullpen session on Sunday afternoon.

"I threw everything," he said after the workout. "It went well." Wilhelmsen will make a simulated relief appearance on Wednesday and then likely head out on a minor league rehab assignment. The right-hander has been sidelined since April 10 with a hyperextended right elbow but should only wind up missing around a month.
May 4 - 9:31 AM

Depth Charts

C1Jesus Sucre
2John Hicks
3Steven Baron
1B1Logan Morrison
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Seth Smith
2Stefen Romero
3Shawn O'Malley
CF1Brad Miller
2Franklin Gutierrez
3James Jones
RF1Nelson Cruz
DH1Mark Trumbo
2Jesus Montero
Starting Pitcher
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4Taijuan Walker
5Roenis Elias
Relief Pitcher
R1Tom Wilhelmsen
2Carson Smith
3Charlie Furbush
4Joe Beimel
5David Rollins
6Mayckol Guaipe
7Rob Rasmussen
8Vidal Nuno
9Logan Kensing
10Tony Zych
11Jose Ramirez
12Danny Farquhar
13J.C. Ramirez