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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: 452.40
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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.

Tom Wilhelmsen earns 23rd save


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2013) Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen earned his 23rd save Tuesday in a home win over the Indians. It wasn't easy but he got the job done. 

Wilhelmsen gave up two hits in the ninth, but struck out a batter and needed just 13 pitches. His ERA is 3.77. 

Wilhelmsen has earned saves in five straight games since suffering his third loss of the season. 


Tom Wilhelmsen shaky for 22nd save


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2013) Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen earned his 22nd save Monday at home against the Indians. Wilhelmsen gave up a hit and needed 23 pitches, but closed out the 2-1 win for starter Aaron Harang.

Wilhelmsen also walked a batter as he threw only 11 strikes. His ERA is at 3.86.

Wilhelmsen has three saves since the All-Star break already and has saved games in four consecutive appearances.

Tom Wilhelmsen earns 21st save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2013) Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen earned his 21st save in a 4-2 win over the Astros Saturday, walking one in a scoreless ninth inning. He has five saves in July while allowing four earned runs in 8 2/3 innings for a 3.95 ERA in 41 1/3 innings.

Tom Wilhelmsen hangs on to convert four-out save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2013) Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen endured a shaky outing but escaped with his 20th save of the season Friday night against the Astros.

Wilhelmsen allowed a run-scoring single to Matt Dominguez to cut the deficit to three. The right-hander allowed one run on two hits and no walks while striking out two over 1 1/3 innings in a 10-7 win. He owns a 4.04 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP in 42 1/3 innings this season.

Tom Wilhelmsen closes out Halos


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2013) Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen earned his 19th save Sunday afternoon against the Angels. The right-hander needed 14 pitches to retire the side in order to preserve a 4-3 victory.

Wilhelmsen has converted 19 of 24 save opportunities and has a 3.95 ERA and 1.15 WHIP through 41 innings.


Tom Wilhelmsen falters in extras


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2013) Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen suffered his third loss Thursday afternoon against the Red Sox.

Wilhelmsen (0-3) surrendered a run-scoring single to Daniel Nava in the 10th inning. He allowed the run on a hit and two walks while striking out two in 1 1/3 innings of an 8-7 loss. He has allowed three earned runs over his last two appearances (2 1/3 innings). The right-hander has a 4.05 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP in 40 innings.

Tom Wilhelmsen records quick save


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2013) Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen entered in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday in Cincinnati trying to hold onto a 3-1 lead. Wilhelmsen needed only five pitches to get the save. 

Wilhelmsen picked up No. 18 Sunday as he went 1-2-3 very quickly in the win. His ERA is now at 3.58. 

The 29-year-old has regrouped nicely since losing the closer role for a stretch. Back in the gig, Wilhelmsen hasn't allowed a run over his last six appearances and has 27 Ks this year over 37 2/3 innings. 


Tom Wilhelmsen records save in extras


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2013) Manager Eric Wedge wasn't kidding when he said Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen would get the ball again in the next save situation. Wilhelmsen was called upon to protect a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the 10th Wednesday in Texas. 

Wilhelmsen got the job done for his 17th save. He recorded a 1-2-3 inning and needed only 13 pitches to do so. His ERA is at 3.68. 

It was the first recorded save for Wilhelmsen since June 10. He's gone 17 for 22 in save situations this year and should continue closing games for the Mariners going forward. 


Tom Wilhelmsen to pitch if save situation arises


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2013) Mariners manager Eric Wedge said that reliever Tom Wilhelmsen could be used in a save situation Wednesday in Texas, the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Wedge said Tuesday that Wilhelmsen was close to gaining back closing duties. 

Wilhelmsen has struck out four and has not surrendered a run over his last 2 2/3 innings. He is 0-1 with two blown saves and an 11.37 ERA over his last seven appearances since his last save on June 16.


Tom Wilhelmsen returning to closer role?


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2013) Mariners manager Eric Wedge told MLB.com Tuesday reliever Tom Wilhelmsen is close to returning to the closer role, but will likely earn another shot as the setup man first.

Wilhelmsen has struck out four and has not surrendered a run over his last 2 2/3 innings. He is 0-1 with two blown saves and an 11.37 ERA over his last seven appearances since his last save on June 16.

Tom Wilhelmsen coughs up the lead


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2013) Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen surrendered the game-tying home run in Tuesday's contest against the Angels.

Wilhelmsen, who entered the game in the eighth inning, served up a solo home run to Albert Pujols and was charged with his fifth blown save of the season. He yielded one run on two hits and one walk while striking out one in 1 2/3 innings pitched in a 3-2 win in extras.

Wilhelmsen has allowed seven runs over his last 3 2/3 innings. His ERA has sky-rocketed from 2.22 to 3.77 over that span.

Tom Wilhelmsen to be used in non-save situations


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2013) Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen will work on locating his pitches in non-save situations for at least two or three outings, the Seattle Times reports. The team will mix-and-match at closer while Wilhelmsen is out of the role.

Wilhelmsen, who is 0-2 with a 3.77 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 21:15 K:BB ratio and 16 saves in 28 2/3 innings this season, gave up five earned runs on three hits and two walks while recording just one out in his last appearance.


Not too worried about Tom Wilhelmsen


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/14/2013) Obviously, if manager Eric Wedge pulls the plug on him -- which I don't expect to happen given the Mariners' lack of alternatives -- it changes everything, but right now, I expect Tom Wilhelmsen to be just fine.

Clearly, he's hit a rough patch, allowing 11 earned runs in his last eight appearances, but let's not forget he allowed just one in his first 20. The Orioles' Jim Johnson was similarly two-faced to begin the season, allowing 12 earned runs during a span of six appearances in May after allowing two in his first 19, and he's since come out of it. Nobody even thinks of him as a liability anymore.

Wilhelmsen's stuff is as good as it's always been. He's just not locating well -- "driving the ball downstairs," as Wedge put it. That's correctable.

If you're really in a panic, you can add Carter Capps as insurance for Wilhelmsen, but I still have the Mariners closer 18th in my relief pitcher rankings.


Eric Wedge to review Tom Wilhelmsen's role


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2013) After allowing five runs in a third of an inning, Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen could be in danger of losing his job, according to MLB.com.

Manager Eric Wedge said he'll "have to talk about" the closer situation, indicating a change could be coming. Wilhelmsen has alternated between good and bad outings since late May. In his last eight appearances, Wilhelmsen has allowed at least a run five times. 

Wilhelmsen has a 3.77 ERA and a 3.17 FIP with 16 saves in 28 2/3 innings.