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May 10, 2018 05:20 PM
Tom Wilhelmsen: Heads to independent league
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wilhelmsen signed with the St. Paul Saints of the independent American Association, The Marshall News Messenger reports.

Wilhelmsen was cut loose by the Padres near the end of spring training. He'll now look to build up his resume in an independent league, likely in an attempt to eventually return to affiliated baseball.

March 20, 2018 01:04 AM
Tom Wilhelmsen: Let go by Padres
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wilhelmsen was released by the Padres, Baseball America reports.

He was in camp on an NRI deal, but failed to impress and will now look to latch on elsewhere. The 34-year-old has not been an effective big-league pitcher since 2015 when he was in Seattle.

February 6, 2018 05:32 PM
Padres' Tom Wilhelmsen: Inks minor-league deal with Padres
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wilhelmson signed a minor-league contract with the Padres which includes an invitation to spring training, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Wilhelmson broke camp with the Diamondbacks last season but was designated for assignment in June after compiling a 4.44 ERA and 17:12 K:BB across 26.1 innings of relief. The 34-year-old joined the Brewers on a minor-league deal shortly thereafter, but was cut loose after struggling to a 13.15 ERA across 13.0 frames with Triple-A Colorado Springs. Even if Wilhelmson earns an Opening Day bullpen spot with the Padres, he won't carry mixed-league relevance.

August 6, 2017 10:08 AM
Tom Wilhelmsen: Released by Brewers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wilhelmsen was released by the Brewers on Saturday.

The 33-year-old was picked up by Milwaukee after being released by the Diamondbacks earlier this season, but struggled over 16 relief appearances at Triple-A Colorado Springs, racking up a 13.15 ERA and 2.62 WHIP. He will look to latch on with another organization in hopes of continuing his 2017 campaign, though it will surely be on a minor-league basis.

June 20, 2017 02:40 PM
Brewers' Tom Wilhelmsen: Joins Brewers on minor-league deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wilhelmsen agreed to a minor-league contract with the Brewers on Tuesday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

Wilhelmsen, who was released by the Diamondbacks on Monday after posting a 4.44 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 17:12 K:BB through 26.1 innings this season, is expected to report to Triple-A Colorado Springs later this week. The 33-year-old could find himself back in the majors relatively soon given Milwaukee's ongoing bullpen struggles; the Brewers rank last in the majors with 19 losses and their 1.46 WHIP is the third-worst mark in the league.

June 20, 2017 11:56 AM
Tom Wilhelmsen: Released by Diamondbacks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wilhelmsen was released by the Diamondbacks on Monday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.

Wilhelmsen cleared waivers and was let go by the Diamondbacks because he wasn't expected to accept an assignment to the minors. The 33-year-old struggled out of Arizona's bullpen before being cut loose, compiling a 4.44 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 17:12 K:BB in 26.1 innings. His past major-league experience could help him catch on elsewhere, though he likely won't carry any fantasy value wherever he lands.

June 11, 2017 02:16 PM
Diamondbacks' Tom Wilhelmsen: DFA'd Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wilhelmsen was designated for assignment Sunday.

With Socrates Brito (finger) returning from the 60-day disabled list Sunday, the Diamondbacks opened up a roster spot by designating Wilhelmsen for assignment. The 33-year-old held a 4.44 ERA over 26.1 innings of relief this season.

June 7, 2017 11:08 AM
Diamondbacks' Tom Wilhelmsen: Finishes out Tuesday's win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wilhelmsen covered 2.1 innings to close out Tuesday's 10-2 win over the Padres, yielding one run on two hits and a walk while striking out two.

The fact that manager Torey Lovullo turned to Wilhelmsen to record a season-high seven outs while the team owned a nine-run lead illustrates just how far he's fallen in the bullpen pecking order. The former Mariners closer opened the campaign in a key setup role and has recorded three holds on the season, but none have come since April 22. With a 4.62 ERA and 1.62 WHIP on the season, Wilhelmsen has been one of the worst performers in what's otherwise been a solid bullpen, so it's not expected he'll see much usage in high-leverage situations anytime soon.

May 30, 2017 02:28 PM
Diamondbacks' Tom Wilhelmsen: Throws clean inning Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wilhelmsen tossed a scoreless eighth inning in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Pirates, working around one hit and one walk.

Wilhelmsen was able to keep the score knotted at 3-3 in his 24th appearance of the season, but the control problems that have troubled him lately once again surfaced. He's now given up six walks over his last six innings while also tossing four wild pitches over that span. The former Mariners closer seems to have fallen behind Fernando Rodney, Archie Bradley, J.J. Hoover, Andrew Chafin and Jorge De La Rosa in the bullpen hierarchy.

May 15, 2017 04:12 PM
Diamondbacks' Tom Wilhelmsen: Gives up game-winning homer Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wilhelmsen gave up two runs in the 10th inning to take the loss Sunday against the Pirates. He allowed one hit and one walk, needing 21 pitches to record three outs.

Wilhelmsen entered the contest with the game tied 4-4 and retired the first two batters of the inning before walking Gift Ngoepe and then serving up a two-run homer to Jose Osuna. The right-hander was pitching for the third day in a row, so fatigue may have played a factor in his inability to escape the inning unscathed. Look for manager Torey Lovullo to steer away from Wilhelmsen for the next two days, but the former Mariners closer still looks to be a key part of the Diamondbacks' setup ranks.

May 1, 2017 11:40 PM
Diamondbacks' Tom Wilhelmsen: Records two strikeouts in relief Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wilhelmsen recorded two outs via strikeout and walked a batter in Sunday's 13-inning win over the Rockies.

Wilhelmsen seems to have turned a corner since allowing three runs in an appearance April 12 against the Giants. In his subsequent seven outings, he's covered 6.1 innings, giving up just one run while scattering six hits and one walk. Fernando Rodney's hold on the closing job has seemingly loosened over the past week, and while Wilhelmsen would likely rank as one of the top replacement options due to his prior experience saving games, he still may find himself behind the high-performing J.J. Hoover in the pecking order.

April 13, 2017 07:52 PM
Diamondbacks' Tom Wilhelmsen: Implodes in Wednesday's loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wilhelmsen was tagged for three runs on two hits and two walks in just two-thirds of an inning Wednesday in Arizona's 6-2 loss to the Giants.

The veteran reliever managed to get the first two outs of the seventh inning relatively quickly, but then a wild pitch, a passed ball, and two extra-base hits ultimately turned what initially seemed to be a sharp outing into a poor one. Prior to this implosion, Wilhelmsen hadn't allowed a run since his appearance on Opening Day, but now his ERA sits at an ugly mark of 9.00

March 28, 2017 01:12 PM
Diamondbacks' Tom Wilhelmsen: Makes Opening Day roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wilhelmsen's contract was selected Tuesday by the Diamondbacks, indicating that he has won a spot on the team's Opening Day roster.

Wilhelmsen earned his place in the Diamondbacks bullpen through his excellent work in spring training, during which he limited opposing batters to a .103 average over 9.1 innings. It wasn't all gravy for the hard-throwing right-hander, however, as Wilhelmsen conceded five walks. Nonetheless, in a bullpen lacking high-impact arms, Wilhelmsen could have an opportunity to carve out a meaningful role if he's able to reign in his control, which he struggled to do in 2016. Over 46.1 innings between the Mariners and Rangers, Wilhelmsen submitted a 6.80 ERA and 3.7 BB/9 rate over 46.1 innings.

February 10, 2017 06:45 PM
Diamondbacks' Tom Wilhelmsen: Inks minor league deal with Diamondbacks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wilhelmsen signed a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks that includes an invite to major league spring training

The veteran righty was DFA'd earlier in the offseason, but the Diamondbacks have recently been adding some arms as non-roster invitees with pitchers and catchers set to report in the coming days. He was hit hard as a member of the Rangers and Mariners in 2016 with a 6.80 ERA and 1.71 WHIP over 46.1 innings, but he's just one year removed from a campaign where he posted a 3.19 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. If Wilhelmsen can recapture his 2015 form, he should have a chance to make the Opening Day roster given the club's struggles in the back end in recent years.

November 22, 2016 01:56 PM
Tom Wilhelmsen: Released by Mariners
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wilhelmsen was released by the Mariners on Tuesday.

The Mariners released him after he cleared waivers. He was pretty awful in 2016, posting a 6.80 ERA and 28:19 K:BB in 46.1 innings with the Rangers and Mariners. He will likely look to secure a minor league contract with an invite to spring training from a team in need of bullpen depth.

November 18, 2016 08:18 PM
Mariners' Tom Wilhelmsen: Designated for assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wilhelmsen was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Friday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

He turns 33 next month and is coming off his worst season in the majors. Wilhelmsen's numbers were better with Seattle after leaving Texas, but his 5.07 FIP suggests he overachieved in his return to the Mariners. The right-hander will now be subjected to waivers.

September 10, 2016 04:13 PM
Mariners' Tom Wilhelmsen: Activated from DL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wilhelmsen (back) was activated from the 15-day DL on Saturday.

This was anticipated after he threw a successful simulated game earlier in the week and has now served the minimum 15 days on the DL. Wilhelmsen should work in a middle-inning role over the final three weeks of the season.

September 8, 2016 08:01 PM
Mariners' Tom Wilhelmsen: Set to return Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wilhelmsen (back) expects to return from the disabled list Saturday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

The veteran reliever has been limited to just 43 appearances this season, but it appears that he'll be back for the final push once he returns from the DL on Saturday. He threw a simulated game that reportedly went well, so now all Wilhelmsen and the Mariners need is for him to wait the requisite time for him to be eligible for a return.

September 8, 2016 05:36 PM
Mariners' Tom Wilhelmsen: Expected to return soon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wilhelmsen (back) threw a simulated inning Thursday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Wilhelmsen was pleased with his pitch quality and didn't feel any pain during Thursday's workout. Following Thursday's throwing session, it seems likely that the 32-year-old reliever will be coming off the DL in the near future. Prior to being placed on the disabled list on Aug. 27, Wilhelmsen had built a hefty 7.02 ERA and 1.71 WHIP over 43 games.

September 6, 2016 09:26 PM
Mariners' Tom Wilhelmsen: Will throw simulated inning Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wilhelmsen (back) will throw a simulated inning Thursday, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

Wilhelmsen made it through a 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday without issue, and he is ready to face live hitters again. He could be ready to rejoin the Mariners if he is able to again avoid any setbacks during Thursday's outing.

Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGPABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSAVGOBPSLG
2003A-Beloit
2003R-Brewers
2010ASX-Everett Aquasox
2010AFX-Clinton Lumberkings
2010R-Azl Mariners
2011AA-Jackson Generals
2013AAA-Tacoma Rainiers
2015AAA-Tacoma Rainiers
2016AAA-Round Rock Express
2016AAA-Tacoma Rainiers