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Shawn Tolleson | Relief Pitcher

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Baylor
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Shawn Tolleson got into some trouble but escaped unscathed, earning his 34th save Tuesday against the Tigers.
Tolleson gave up back-to-back one-out singles to spell trouble, but he retired Rajai Davis and Ian Kinsler to leave the dangerous Miguel Cabrera in the on-deck circle. Tolleson has lived on the edge at times this year, but it's been a successful first year closing games for the right-hander. He has a 2.73 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 72/17 K/BB ratio over 69 1/3 innings to go with his 34 saves. Sep 29 - 11:56 PM

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Shawn Tolleson allowed a run in the ninth inning, but still converted his 33rd save in Tuesday's 8-6 win over the Athletics.

Tolleson gave up a one-out double followed by a two-out single, but he was able to get Billy Butler to ground out to end the game. He's 33-for-35 in save chances with a 2.81 ERA and a 71/17 K/BB ratio in 67 1/3 innings.
Sep 23 - 1:54 AM

Shawn Tolleson pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 32nd save as the Rangers defeated the Astros 5-3 on Monday.

Tolleson allowed a leadoff single to Carlos Correa but erased him when Jonathan Villar grounded into a double play. The right-hander struck out Colby Rasmus to end the game. Tolleson moves to 32-for-34 in save situations with a 2.76 ERA with a 71/17 K/BB ratio in 65 1/3 innings.
Sep 14 - 11:29 PM

Shawn Tolleson picked up a pair of strikeouts and his 31st save in a scoreless ninth inning as the Rangers defeated the Mariners 9-6 on Tuesday.

Tolleson set the Mariners down in 1-2-3 fashion, striking out Shawn O'Malley, getting Brad Miller to fly out, and then striking out Ketel Marte to end the game. The Rangers' closer is 31-for-33 in save chances with a 2.80 ERA and a 70/17 K/BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings.
Sep 9 - 1:48 AM

Shawn Tolleson earned his 30th save, pitching a scoreless ninth inning in Monday's 3-0 victory over the Mariners.

Tolleson allowed a leadoff single to Robinson Cano, but retired Seth Smith, Logan Morrison, and Brad Miller consecutively to end the game without issue. The right-hander has earned the save in all but two of his 32 save opportunities while compiling a 2.84 ERA and a 68/17 K/BB ratio over 63 1/3 innings.
Sep 7 - 9:59 PM

Shawn Tolleson set the Tigers down in 1-2-3 order for his 25th save in Sunday's 4-2 win.

Tolleson needed only 11 pitches, getting Tyler Collins to pop up, Rajai Davis to fly out, and Ian Kinsler to ground out. The young right-hander is 25-for-26 in save situations with a 2.70 ERA and a 62/12 K/BB ratio in 56 2/3 innings. The Rangers have won nine of their last 11 games and find themselves in the lead for the second AL Wild Card slot.
Aug 23 - 4:28 PM

Shawn Tolleson slammed the door on the Tigers in the ninth inning on Friday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a two-run lead and earn his 23rd save of the season.

Tolleson allowed a leadoff double to Miguel Cabrera, but battled back to strike out Victor Martinez, J.D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos in succession to end the game. He has been terrific in the closer's role for the Rangers all season, compiling a 2.60 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 61/12 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings.
Aug 21 - 10:36 PM

Shawn Tolleson pitched the final two innings of the Rangers' 11-3 defeat of the Mariners on Saturday.

Texas plated eight runs in the top of the 11th to win it. Tolleson struck out five and gave up only one hit, a two-out Brad Miller double in the bottom of the 11th. He threw 48 pitches in the appearance, so Sunday is going to be an off day. The 27-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.86 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 56/12 K/BB ratio in 50 1/3 innings this season, and he's 20-for-21 in save opportunities.
Aug 8 - 8:48 PM

Shawn Tolleson worked out of a jam against the Astros on Tuesday to earn his 20th save of the season.

Tolleson surrendered a leadoff walk and gave up a single to put two runners on with nobody out, but he bounced back to record a groundout and a strikeout before fanning Jose Altuve to end the game. The first-time closer owns a shiny 2.98 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 51/10 K/BB ratio over 48 1/3 innings this year.
Aug 5 - 12:50 AM

Shawn Tolleson earned his 19th save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning on Monday as the Rangers out-hit the Astros in a 12-9 win.

Tolleson used 13 pitches, getting Preston Tucker to fly out, Evan Gattis to strike out, and Jed Lowrie to line out. He's now an impressive 19-for-20 in save situations with a 3.04 ERA and a 49/9 K/BB ratio over 47 1/3 innings.
Aug 3 - 11:56 PM

Shawn Tolleson surrendered three runs and five hits in two-thirds of an inning Saturday to blow a save and take a loss against the Padres.

It's Tolleson's first blown save in 14 chances as a closer this year, so the Rangers can't complain. He hadn't even picked up one as a setup man before ascending to the closer's role. His job is safe unless he fails to bounce back in his next couple of outings.
Jul 12 - 1:51 AM

Shawn Tolleson worked around trouble Friday against the Padres for his 13th save of the season.

After entering the ninth inning with a one-run lead, Tolleson gave up a leadoff infield single to Will Venable and later walked Yonder Alonso with two outs, but he managed to strike out Matt Kemp swinging to escape the jam and finish off the victory. The 27-year-old has been really solid since taking over the closer role in mid-May and owns a 2.45 ERA and 40/8 K/BB ratio over 36 2/3 innings on the year.
Jul 11 - 12:13 AM

Shawn Tolleson worked a perfect ninth inning against the Orioles on Thursday, protecting a two-run advantage to earn his 12th save of the season.

Tolleson continues to excel in his ninth inning role, converting each of his first 12 save chances while registering a 2.60 ERA and 35/7 K/BB ratio over 34 2/3 innings. There's no reason to believe at this point that he won't keep the closer's gig for the remainder of the season.
Jul 2 - 10:41 PM

Shawn Tolleson allowed a run but still grabbed his 11th save as the Rangers hung on for an 8-6 win against the Orioles on Tuesday.

Tolleson got two quick outs on ground outs, but walked J.J. Hardy. Hardy moved to second on defensive indifference, then Travis snider knocked him in with a single to right field. Tolleson bounced back and struck out Ryan Flaherty to end the game. The right-hander has yet to blow a save in 11 chances and now has a 2.67 ERA with a 34/7 K/BB ratio over 33 2/3 innings.
Jun 30 - 10:11 PM

Shawn Tolleson pitched a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the White Sox for his 10th save of the season.

It wasn't easy, as Tolleson issued a two-out walk to Geovany Soto before hitting Adam Eaton with a pitch, but he got Melky Cabrera to pop out to second base to end the game. The 27-year-old is 10-for-10 in save chances since taking over the closer role for Texas and has a 2.53 ERA and 33/6 K/BB ratio over 32 innings.
Jun 19 - 11:52 PM