Shawn Tolleson, Relief Pitcher, Tampa Bay Rays
Date of Birth: 1/19/1988
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
College: Baylor University
Shawn Tolleson, relief pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays, was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010. He pitched in the Dodgers' minor league system from 2010 through part of 2012. He joined the Dodgers for 40 games in 2012. During that time, he had a 4.30 ERA and a 3-1 record in 37.2 innings. He had back surgery and a hip injury in 2013 that limited his playing time to just one game with the Dodgers.
In November, 2013, Tolleson was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers. He pitched out of the Rangers' bullpen in 2014, finishing the season with a 2.76 ERA and a 3-1 record in 71.2 innings in 64 games.
As the Rangers' closer in 2015, Tolleson had 35 saves in 73 games. He finished the season with a 6-4 record, 76 strikeouts to 17 walks, and a 2.99 ERA in 72.1 innings. He pitched 3.0 innings in 2 postseason games and he gave up 1 hit.
Tolleson had a 7.68 ERA in 37 games with the Rangers in 2016. He finished the season with 2 wins and 2 losses, 11 saves, and 29 strikeouts to 10 walks in 36.1 innings. He didn't pitch in the postseason.
Tolleson became a free agent on October 28, 2016. He signed with the Rays on January 23, 2017.
Career pitching statistics for Tolleson through 2016 include:
- 215 games played
- 218.0 innings pitched
- 14-8 win-loss record
- 46 saves
- 213 strikeouts to 77 walks
- 3.92 ERA