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Shawn Tolleson | Relief Pitcher | #37

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Baylor
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 30 (0) / LA
Contract: view contract details
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Shawn Tolleson fired a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against the Angels on Friday for his eighth save.
Tolleson whiffed two batters in the frame. The 28-year-old gave up five runs in a disaster outing back on April 6, so he still has an ugly 6.00 ERA, but he has allowed just one run over his last nine appearances. Apr 29 - 11:41 PM

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Shawn Tolleson allowed just a single in a clean ninth to protect a one-run lead Wednesday against the Astros.

Tolleson has been awfully shaky in the early going, but he has managed to go five for six in his save chances. He can't afford many missteps with Sam Dyson looking very good in his setup role.
Apr 21 - 12:54 AM

Shawn Tolleson allowed a run but closed out the Astros to earn his fourth save on Tuesday.

A leadoff walk to Colby Rasmus turned into a run, but Tolleson didn't allow any more damage en route to the save. Even with the run allowed, the outing was another positive for the 28-year-old. One bad appearance ruined his ERA, but Tolleson has been largely effective and should continue to hold onto the Rangers' closer job as a result.
Apr 20 - 12:41 AM

Shawn Tolleson pitched a scoreless ninth inning Thursday against the Orioles to earn his third save.

Tolleson yielded a hit but was otherwise clean, getting three ground ball outs to avert danger. It was the second consecutive uneventful outing for the right-hander, who has kept a grip on the closer job despite a 15.00 ERA to date. Sam Dyson continues to pitch well and could take over if Tolleson falters again, but it seems Rangers manager Jeff Banister is sticking with the 28-year-old for now.
Apr 14 - 11:12 PM

Shawn Tolleson worked around a one-out double to the Angels' Mike Trout to successfully secure his second save.

Tolleson needed an uneventful inning after his recent struggles, and he was able to navigate a scoreless frame against the Angels to protect a 4-2 lead on Saturday. The right-hander isn't a top-tier closer and can't afford too many struggles before manager Jeff Banister begins to look over Tolleson's shoulder to Sam Dyson or Keone Kela. Saturday's outing was a step in the right direction, though, and should keep the pressure off for now.
Apr 10 - 12:42 AM

Shawn Tolleson fell apart Wednesday in a loss to the Mariners, allowing five hits and five earned runs without recording an out.

Tolleson entered the game with a one-run lead in the ninth inning but that vanished quickly. The lead was already gone by the time Robinson Cano went deep to end his outing. Tolleson was among the league leaders in saves last year and should bounce back from this one, though it could take weeks for his season ERA to recover. One meltdown won’t cost him his job.
Apr 6 - 5:11 PM

Shawn Tolleson delivered a 1-2-3 ninth inning Monday against the Mariners for his first save of the season.

Tolleson induced a ground out from Kyle Seager before striking out Franklin Gutierrez and Adam Lind. The 28-year-old was a pleasant surprise out of the Rangers’ closer role last season, but manager Jeff Banister has discussed the possibility of using matchups in the ninth inning this season. Tolleson could change his thinking with a hot start. Monday was a good first step
Apr 4 - 7:14 PM

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Thursday that who has the best matchup could often dictate who he uses in the ninth inning.

Banister added that "Shawn Tolleson will close for us," but it sounds as if guys like Sam Dyson and perhaps Keone Kela and Jake Diekman could get opportunities, as well. Tolleson was great for Texas last season with a 2.99 ERA and 76/17 K/BB ratio over 72 1/3 innings. But, he struggled a bit down the stretch and it was Dyson who was used as the club's closer in the postseason. Tolleson has also been nursing a back issue this spring, although he's expected to be ready for Opening Day.
Mar 25 - 8:35 AM

Shawn Tolleson (back) threw one inning in a minor league game on Tuesday.

He threw 12 pitches, striking out two and allowing a solo home run. "We want to see health, the arm strength is there, and the ability to pitch," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "Just getting him up and on the mound is necessary, start building up pitch count." It's going to be tight, but Tolleson should still have time to get ready for Opening Day.
Mar 15 - 8:44 PM

Shawn Tolleson (back) threw a live batting practice session on Saturday without any issues.

Tolleson threw around 20 pitches total during the session. He should now be cleared to appear in Cactus League games during the week and remains on track to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Mar 12 - 11:02 AM

Shawn Tolleson (back) will throw a live batting practice session on Saturday.

He had been slated to appear in a "B" game, but the Rangers have decided to opt for live BP instead. Either way, Tolleson should be nearing his Cactus League debut. The Rangers' closer still has enough time to get ready for Opening Day.
Mar 11 - 4:19 PM

Shawn Tolleson (back) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Thursday.

It's the first time Tolleson has thrown from the bump since he went down with lower back spasms a week ago. When the closer will be cleared for Cactus League action remains to be seen, but he should still have plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day as long as he doesn't suffer a setback.
Mar 10 - 8:35 PM

Shawn Tolleson (back) will play a light game of catch Sunday.

Tolleson has been nursing lower back spasms for a few days. It figures to be a little while before he's cleared for game action, but there's still plenty of time to get in his work before Opening Day.
Mar 6 - 10:42 AM

Shawn Tolleson is day-to-day with lower back spasms.

Tolleson's back first started bothering him on Thursday. The feeling is that it's a minor issue, but obviously there's no reason to push him this early in camp. The Rangers' closer should resume throwing in a few days.
Mar 4 - 10:23 AM

Rangers and RHP Shawn Tolleson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.275 million contract.

Tolleson asked for $3.9 million and was offered $2.6 million from the Rangers when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month. The two sides were able to find a middle ground on Monday afternoon. Tolleson spent most of the 2015 season as the Rangers' closer, tallying 35 saves alongside a 2.99 ERA. He also registered an impressive 76/17 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings. The 28-year-old right-hander will carry major fantasy value in 2016.
Jan 25 - 3:02 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Bryan Holaday
3Chris Gimenez
4Brett Nicholas
1B1Mitch Moreland
2Ryan Rua
2B1Rougned Odor
2Hanser Alberto
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
LF1Ian Desmond
2Josh Hamilton
CF1Delino DeShields
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Nomar Mazara
DH1Prince Fielder
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Yu Darvish
3Derek Holland
4Martin Perez
5Colby Lewis
6A.J. Griffin
7Cesar Ramos
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Tolleson
2Sam Dyson
3Keone Kela
4Jake Diekman
5Tom Wilhelmsen
6Tony Barnette
7Alex Claudio
8Tanner Scheppers