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54 Tom Wilhelmsen RP
Height/Weight: 6-6/220 | Birthdate: 12/16/1983 | Birthplace: Tucson, AZ | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Seattle | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 2/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Mariners' James Paxton set for three innings of simulated work


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton is scheduled to take part in a simulated game on Tuesday, per the Tacoma News Tribune. Paxton, who is working his way back from a forearm injury, is scheduled to log three innings of 45 pitches. Tom Wilhelmsen and Fernando Rodney are also expected to make an appearance in the simulated game.

Paxton vowed that he'll be ready for the start of the regular season, per the Tribune.


Mariners' Tom Wilhelmsen tosses perfect inning in spring debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Mariners pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen made his spring debut Wednesday, tossing a 1-2-3 sixth inning in his team's 4-1 loss to the Rockies.

Wilhelmsen was dealing with a sore back but pithced batting practice Sunday before making his debut Wednesday. He'll open the season as part of the team's bullpen as long as he can stay healthy.


Mariners' Wilhelmsen (back) to make spring debut Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen, who has been sidelined due to a sore back, threw in batting practice Sunday and will make his spring debut Wednesday against the Rockies, per MLB.com.

Mariners RHP Tom Wilhelmsen loses arbitration case


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Mariners right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen lost his arbitration case against the club, and will be awarded $1.4 million this season, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman on Saturday. He initially asked for $2.2 million.

Wilhelmsen could be a candidate in the rotation this season. He pitched multiple innings in 24 of his 57 appearances last year. The former closer went 3-2 with a 2.27 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 79 1/3 innings


Mariners' McClendon toying with idea of using Wilhelmsen as starter


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) The acquisition of J.A. Happ means Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon doesn't have to head into spring training with long reliever Tom Wilhelmsen competing for a spot in the rotation.

However, McClendon hasn't totally given up on the idea of Wilhelmsen potentially transitioning to a starting role down the road, per MLB.com.

"I don't think it's totally dead," McClendon said. "I would say it's probably a long shot. My plan, as we speak right now, is to maybe stretch him out in spring and just play with it a little bit and see what happens, but I think it's a long shot. He was just so good in the role he was in, it'd be hard to take him out of that role."

Wilhelmsen pitched multiple innings in 24 of his 57 appearances last year. The former closer went 3-2 with a 2.27 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 79 1/3 innings.

"I really tried not to change anything at all, [other than] try to simplify a little bit," Wilhelmsen said. "If I was going in in the fourth inning, I knew I'd have to throw two or three innings and I just really attacked the zone. But it's not like you don't attack the zone any other time. It's the same thing. You have to get outs."


Report: Mariners' Tom Wilhelmsen files for $2.2 million


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Mariners pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen has filed for $2.2 million in arbitration, with the team offering $1.4 million, Fangraphs reports.

Wilhelmsen is in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He posted a 2.27 ERA and 72:36 K:BB ratio in 79 1/3 innings in 2014, and he has also racked up 54 saves in his first four seasons with the team.


Mariners tender six arbitration-eligible players before deadline


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Mariners tendered contracts to six arbitration-eligible players prior to Tuesday's deadline, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. Those players include: first baseman Logan Morrison, outfielders Dustin Ackley, Austin Jackson and Michael Saunders, and relievers Charlie Furbush and Tom Wilhelmsen.

Tom Wilhelmsen yields two runs in spot start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Mariners pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen was unable to factor into the decision Thursday afternoon in Toronto. Wilhelmsen, who made his second spot start of the season, allowed two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out one over 1 1/3 innings of a 7-5 victory.

Wilhelmsen owns a 2.30 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP over 78 1/3 innings of work this season.


Tom Wilhelmsen to get a spot start Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Mariners pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen will receive a spot start Thursday against the Blue Jays.

Wilhelmsen had been considered for the start, but manager Lloyd McClendon didn't make the move official until Wednesday. Wilhelmsen has mostly pitched out of the bullpen, but did make one start earlier in the year. He has a 2.10 ERA over 77 innings.


Mariners likely promoting pitcher from minors to start Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said reliever Tom Wilhelmsen is a possibility to start Tuesday against the Mets. However, he added it's more likely they will promote a pitcher from the minors.

Tom Wilhelmsen takes the loss in spot-start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen (1-2) got the surprise start Thursday night against the Twins and lasted only two-plus innings in a losing effort. The right-hander was charged with two runs -- one earned -- on one hit and three walks while striking out three over 2 2/3 innings of a 4-2 defeat.

Wilhelmsen owns a 2.54 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and 43:25 K:BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings this season.

Tom Wilhelmsen to get a surprise start Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen will get a surprise start Thursday against the Twins, according to the Tacoma News Tribune

The team is going to make it a bullpen day, so multiple reliever will be used. Wilhelmsen has never started a game in the majors over his career. He's not stretched out to be a starter, so the team will likely impose a pitch limit. Wilhelmsen has a 2.49 ERA over 47 innings. 


Tom Wilhelmsen earns first win Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Mariners pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen picked up his first win Saturday, striking out two in two perfect innings of work in his team's 3-2, 14-inning win over the White Sox.

Wilhelmsen (1-1) needed just 18 pitches to turn in clean 12th and 13th innings, and the offense was able to break through with the go-ahead run in the top of the 14th. He owns a 2.49 ERA and 40:22 K:BB ratio in 47 innings.


Tom Wilhelmsen delivers three-inning save Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Mariners pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen picked up his first save of the season by pitching the final three innings of his team's 10-4 win over the Astros.

Wilhelmsen was handed a 8-3 lead when he came in for the bottom of the seventh inning, and he was able to string together two scoreless frames before giving up an inconsequential run in the ninth. He finished with one hit and two walks but no strikeouts. Wilhelmsen owns a 2.60 ERA and 38:22 K:BB ratio in 45 innings.


Tom Wilhelmsen over back stiffness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2014) Mariners pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen has been sidelined since Tuesday due to back stiffness, but he's available out of the bullpen for Monday's game against the Rangers, MLB.com reports.

Wilhelmsen has four appearances this season, allowing an unearned run over 3 1/3 innings while striking out three and walking three.


Mariners recall Tom Wilhelmsen


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) The Mariners have recalled reliever Tom Wilhelmsen from Triple-A Tacoma, MLB.com reports.

Wilhelmsen was beat up to the tune of 10.50 ERA and 2.00 WHIP at Tacoma. He'll continue his search for his form of old with the big league club in September.


Tom Wilhelmsen making next 'start' Saturday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2013) Mariners pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen, who is not being converted to a starter but got a start for Triple-A Tacoma Tuesday, is scheduled to start again Saturday, ESPN reports. 

Pitching coach Carl Willis said Wilhelmsen is getting starts as an opportunity to provide him some more work on his pitches. 

Wilhelmsen was shaky in his outing Tuesday. He went two innings and allowed three runs on three hits. Two of those hits left the ballpark. He had a 4.37 ERA in 47 1/3 innings in the majors. 


Tom Wilhelmsen shaky in first start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2013) Mariners pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen had a shaky start in the minors.

Wilhelmsen went two innings, giving up three runs on three hits. He allowed two home runs. Wilhelmsen threw 31 pitches. Wilhelmsen was able to notch four strikeouts. He had a 4.37 ERA in 47 1/3 innings in the majors. 


Mariners want to see how Tom Wilhelmsen performs as a starter


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2013) The Mariners are going to give Tom Wilhelmsen a shot as a starter, according to MLB.com.

Wilhelmsen will start Tuesday's game for Tacoma, and could see more time as a starter. The club hasn't fully committed to using him as a starter, but would like to see how he performs in the role. 

Wilhelmsen has a 4.37 ERA in 47 1/3 innings in the majors this season. 


Tom Wilhelmsen draws a start in minors


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2013) Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen will start in place of James Paxton Tuesday.

Wilhelmsen was sent down Monday, but is expected to remain in his bullpen role. Wilhelmsen will pitch an inning or two during Tuesday's game before giving way to Paxton. It could be the team's way of making sure Wilhelmsen is seen by scouts.

Wilhelmsen had a 4.47 ERA in 47 1/3 innings. 


Tom Wilhelmsen optioned to Triple-A


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2013) Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen has been optioned to Triple-A.

Wilhelmsen allowed four earned runs during his last appearance, but had been struggling the entire season. Through 47 1/3 innings, he had a 4.37 ERA. Walks have been an issue. Last year, Wilhelmsen walked 29 in 79 1/3 innings. This season, he's already walked 26 in just 47 1/3 innings. 


Time to drop Tom Wilhelmsen


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/6/2013) This isn't your typical "going out on a limb" advice here, but with the Mariners optioning Tom Wilhelmsen to Tacoma, it's safe to drop the now-former closer and make a move for someone like Danny Farquhar or Josh Fields.

Wilhelmsen had a weird up-and-down season in 2013, carrying the momentum over from his surprise 2012 (29 saves, 2.50 ERA) through May, then struggling through most of June and July (6.56 ERA). He seemed to be back on track with a nice run at the end of July but gave up four earned runs to Boston on Aug. 1, which appeared to be the last straw for the Mariners.

Even through all his struggles, Wilhelmsen hadn't actually blown a save since June 18. He did, however, sport a 5.51 ERA and 1.41 WHIP since that date.

Wilhelmsen will likely be back before season's end, but waiting on him to come back and start saving games again is a very risky and unlikely proposition, which could cost a Fantasy team a shot at one of the emerging closers who can contribute now.


Tom Wilhelmsen out as closer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2013) Mariners acting manager Robby Thompson announced Friday that Tom Wilhelmsen has been removed from the closer's role, at least for the time being. The move comes after Wilhelmsen turned a non-save situation into a loss Thursday, surrendering  four earned runs on two hits and two walks without recording an out.

Wilhelmsen has a 4.37 ERA on the season, with 24 saves in 29 opportunities. The team will likely go with a closer-by-committee approach for the time being. 


Ton Wilhelmsen surrenders four runs in non-save situation


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2013) Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen was brought into a non-save situation in Thursday's game against the Red Sox with his team up 7-2 before giving up two runs and two hits and exiting without recording an out. Wilhelmsen was charged with four earned runs in a game the Mariners would lose, 8-7.

It was the first time this season Wilhelmsen has failed to record an out in an appearance. His ERA jumped from 3.61 to 4.37 in the poor performance. It's his highest ERA since giving up one run in his second appearance of the season.


Tom Wilhelmsen picks up 24th save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2013) Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen converted his 24th save of the season Sunday against the Twins. The right-hander worked his way around a leadoff bunt single to Aaron Hicks as he pitched a scoreless frame to secure a 6-4 victory.

Wilhelmsen owns a 3.61 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP through 47 1/3 innings of relief.