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44 Tony Watson RP
Height/Weight: 6-4/225 | Birthdate: 5/30/1985 | Birthplace: Sioux City, IA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Pittsburgh | College: None | MLB Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 21/16 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Pirates calling on Jared Hughes, Tony Watson more often


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle appears to have two favorite players coming out of the bullpen right now, according to MLB.com.

Jared Hughes and Tony Watson have appeared in 18 of the team's first 31 games with Hughes throwing again on Monday, pitching a perfect eighth inning. 

"The more, the merrier," Hughes said. "The most important thing is sticking to a routine, staying in good shape. And I feel good."

"That's high. It would be called red-lining if they were sports cars," Hurdle had said of the two setup men's appearances prior to game. He reiterated afterward, "We do have to find some rest for them."

Hughes made 63 appearances in 2014, but thinks he's just fine with is workload so far.

"A lot of times, it's to face only a couple of batters. And I get low pitch counts," Hughes said, "because I force early contact."


Pirates' Mark Melancon unavailable Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon is unavailable to pitch Sunday after racking up three saves in the last three days, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Melancon has dealt with some velocity issues this April and owns a 5.79 ERA and 5:4 K:BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings, but he hasn't surrendered a run in any of his three appearances over the last three days. With the closer getting a scheduled break, the team could turn to lefty Tony Watson or righty Jared Hughes in a save opportunity Sunday.


Pirates' Tony Watson earns win Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Pirates pitcher Tony Watson was able to pitch out of a jam Saturday to deliver a scoreless eighth inning and eventually earn the win in his team's 2-1 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Watson (1-1) gave up two hits in the outing and had men on second and third with one out, but was able to record a pop out and strikeout to escape the inning.

"There is nobody he doesn't challenge," manager Clint Hurdle said after the game, per MLB.com. "He's been pitching this way for two-plus years. He's cool. He's got a slow heartbeat. He's not going to get rattled."

Pitching coach Ray Searage visited Watson with two men in scoring position and one out, but there was no talk of issuing an intentional walk to the next batter.

"No. Right away, we got with Ray and said we got a plan to get him out," Hurdle said. "We felt we were in an advantage situation with our guy on the mound. We bet on our guy."

Watson gave up three earned runs in his season debut but has been excellent since. Saturday's outing gives him a 3.00 ERA and 11:0 K:BB ratio in 12 innings.


Pirates pitcher Tony Watson picks up six-out save Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Pirates pitcher Tony Watson worked two nearly perfect innings Wednesday in Pittsburgh's 4-3 win over the Cubs. Watson came on in relief in the eighth after Jared Hughes had issues to start the inning, allowing an RBI single to Miguel Montero to make it a 4-2 game.

Watson got David Ross to hit a grounder to short, which got Starlin Castro out at third, but allowed a run to score to make it 4-3. Watson then got the next two batters out to end the threat. Watson then finished things off in the ninth with a strike out of Bryant for his first save of the year.

"It wasn't the plan to use Tony that long but it was a gritty performance on his part," manager Clint Hurdle said after the game, per the Associated Press.

Watson lowered his ERA to 3.27 in 11 innings of work.


Pirates' Tony Watson takes loss on Opening Day


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Pirates relief pitcher Tony Watson surrendered a three-run home run to take the loss in Monday's season opener against the Reds.

Watson struck out the first batter he faced in the eighth inning before back-to-back singles brought Reds third baseman Todd Frazier to the plate with two on and one out. Frazier slugged the third pitch he saw to left field for a tiebreaking home run that put the Reds ahead for good.

Watson allowed just five home runs in 77 1/3 innings while posting a 1.63 ERA in 2014. He didn't surrendered his fourth earned run last year until June 26 but has three earned runs after just one game in 2015.


Pirates avoid arbitration with Snider, Watson, Rodriguez


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Pirates have locked up outfielder Travis Snider, reliever Tony Watson and second baseman Sean Rodriguez all to one-year contracts, avoiding arbitration, according to Tom Singer of MLB.com. Rodriguez has settled for $1.9 million, Watson will make 1.75 million and Snider is now due to receive $2.1 million next season.

The Pirates acquired Rodriguez from Tampa Bay via trade in the offseason. Rodriguez hit .211 with a career-high 12 home runs, 13 doubles and 41 RBI in 96 games in 2014. Snider slashed .264/.338/.438 with 13 homers and 38 RBI last season. Watson posted a sterling 1.63 ERA over 77 1/3 innings of relief.


Pirates tender 11 arbitration-eligible players before deadline


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The Pirates have tendered a contract to 11 arbitration-eligible players prior to Tuesday's deadline, according to the team's official website. Those players include: Sean Rodriguez, Neil Walker, Francisco Cervelli, Mark Melancon, Chris Stewart, Travis Snider, Pedro Alvarez, Tony Watson, Josh Harrison, Jared Hughes and Vance Worley.

Tony Watson earns second save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Pirates pitcher Tony Watson picked up his second save Tuesday, giving up one hit and striking out one in his team's 3-2 win over the Braves.

With closer Mark Melancon pitching four times in a five-day stretch, the Pirates turned to Watson to slam the door in a close game Tuesday. He's tossed 16 1/3 scoreless innings since last surrendering a run. Watson owns a 1.44 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 78:15 K:BB ratio in 75 innings.


Tony Watson earns ninth win Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Pirates pitcher Tony Watson picked up his ninth win Tuesday, giving up three hits but no earned runs while striking out three in two innings in his team's 5-2 victory over the Cardinals.

Watson (9-1) inherited two runners with no outs in the seventh, and he let both score to tie the game at 2-2. However, the offense was able to deliver a three-run home run in the eighth to send him home with a win. Watson owns a 1.75 ERA and 64:13 K:BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings.


Tony Watson earns All-Star bid with brilliant first half


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2014) Pirates pitcher Tony Watson was named to his first All-Star game this season after going 5-1 with a 1.42 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 50:10 K:BB ratio in 44 1/3 innings in the first half.

The honored was well deserved for Watson, who has pitched more in the eighth inning with former closer Jason Grilli traded away. He needs just five strikeouts to top his career high, and his ERA is far below last year's career best mark of 2.39. Watson faced just one batter in the All-Star game and managed to record an out on the only pitch he threw.


National League starters revealed for All-Star Game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) On Sunday, Major League Baseball revealed the National League starting lineup for the 2014 All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The following players were selected as starters by the fans:

C Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
2B Chase Utley, Phillies
SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
3B Aramis Ramirez, Brewers
OF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
OF Carlos Gomez, Brewers
OF Yasiel Puig, Dodgers

RHP Johnny Cueto, Reds
LHP Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
RHP Zack Greinke, Dodgers
LHP Madison Bumgarner, Giants
RHP Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
RHP Tyson Ross, Padres
RHP Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals
RHP Julio Teheran, Braves
RHP Craig Kimbrel, Braves
LHP Aroldis Chapman, Reds
RHP Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers
LHP Tony Watson, Pirates
RHP Pat Neshek, Cardinals


Tony Watson earns another relief win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Pirates reliever Tony Watson improved to 5-0, as Pittsburgh rallied from a two-run deficit in the eighth inning to beat the Mets, 5-3, Monday. Watson tossed a scoreless eighth inning, walking one, to earn the victory.

He also lowered his ERA to 1.16, while extending his scoreless innings streak to 14 innings. Watson also has 18 strikeouts in that span.


Tony Watson picks up fourth win in relief


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Pirates reliever Tony Watson continues to so a solid job out of the bullpen, as he picked up his fourth win of the season in a 4-1 win over the Brewers.

Watson worked a scoreless eighth inning in a 1-1 game, and the Pirates offense went on to score three runs in the following frame to get him the win. He allowed one walk and one hit before ending the frame.

Watson is now 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA in 18 innings of work, and now leads the team in win.  


Tony Watson picks up third win Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2014) Pirates pitcher Tony Watson took home his third win of the season Tuesday, giving up two hits in a scoreless ninth inning while striking out one in his team's 2-1 win over the Giants.

Watson (3-0) was on track to not factor into the decision as the game was set to go into extra innings, but a review on a play at the plate overturned the previously-made out call and handed the Pirates and Watson a win. He owns a 1.80 ERA and 19:3 K:BB ratio in 15 innings.


Mark Melancon, Tony Watson candidates to take over closer role


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2014) With Jason Grilli on the disabled list because of an oblique strain, Pirates reliever Mark Melancon could likely assume the closer role, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports on Friday. Left-hander Tony Watson is also another candidate for the gig in the ninth inning.

Melancon has allowed just two runs over his first 11 innings pitched. He owns a 0.73 WHIP along with an 8:1 K:BB ratio over that span. Watson owns a 2.61 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP over 10 1/3 innings of work.

Tony Watson gives up run, earns win vs. Cubs Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2014) Pirates pitcher Tony Watson picked up the win Tuesday despite giving up one earned run on two hits in one inning while striking out one in his team's 7-6 victory over the Cubs.

Watson (2-0) was in the right place at the right time, as his offense scored a run in the top of the eighth after he allowed the game to be tied in the seventh inning. Watson owns a 2.08 ERA and 7:1 K:BB ratio in 4 1/3 innings.


Tony Watson picks up first win of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Pirates reliever Tony Watson struck out three in 1 1/3 innings pitched, earning his first win of the season in a 2-1 victory over the Pirates on Sunday. Watson has not allowed a run over his first 3 1/3 innings pitched this season.

Tony Watson records two-inning save


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2013) Pirates reliever Tony Watson threw two scoreless innings on his way to his second save in Thursday's 5-3 win at Cincinnati. Manager Clint Hurdle opted to finish Thursday's game with Watson since closer Jason Grilli was unavailable after blowing his first save Wednesday.

Watson threw two perfect innings and struck out one. Watson hasn't allowed a run in three straight outings, allowing a hit and striking out four in 4 2/3 innings.


Tony Watson earns first save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2013) Pirates reliever Tony Watson locked down his first save of the year in the 5-3 win over the Phillies Thursday. He pitched two innings, allowing one run on two hits, striking out one batter and throwing 17 of his 19 pitches for strikes.

Both closer Jason Grilli and setup man Mark Melancon received the day off after pitching on Tuesday and Wednesday. 


Watson important in bullpen


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2012) Pittsburgh reliever Tony Watson has done well out of the bullpen this season, reports MLB.com on Sunday. Watson has made five consecutive scoreless appearances, including three innings of perfect baseball in the last two games against Arizona and getting a big out in a big spot against the Cardinals. "I have been impressed by Tony's demeanor," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "Tony has just taken [care of] business one day at a time. He prepares extremely well and is very conscientious in his preparation. He has self confidence and demands a lot of himself. He's another great guy as far as using eyes and ears. His stuff has been good and clean, and his confidence is in a very good place right now."