Shawn Tolleson RP TEX 2 weeks ago

Tolleson agreed to a one-year, $3.275 million contract with the Rangers on Monday, avoiding arbitration, John Blake of the Texas Rangers reports.

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Shawn Tolleson RP TEX 5 months ago

Tolleson struck out two batters over a scoreless frame Saturday night, notching his 29th save in a 2-1 victory over the Angels.

Shawn Tolleson RP TEX 7 months ago

Tolleson took the loss against the Padres on Saturday, allowing three runs on five hits while getting just two outs in the top of the ninth. The blown save drops his season record to 2-2.

Tolleson is now 13-for-14 in save opportunities, but he'll have to avoid nights like this if he wants to hold on to the closer's role in Texas. The righty had given up just one run in his previous eight appearances, so this outing should be looked at as an anomaly until proven otherwise.

Shawn Tolleson RP TEX 7 months ago

Tolleson picked up his 13th save of season Friday, throwing a scoreless ninth inning in a 4-3 win over the Padres.

The 27-year-old made things interesting, allowing a leadoff single to Will Venable and a walk to Yander Alonso, but ultimately struck out Matt Kemp on a high fastball to end the contest. Tolleson has allowed just one run in his last eight appearances and seems to have a firm grasp on the closer role.

Shawn Tolleson RP TEX 7 months ago

Tolleson gave up a run on a hit and a walk Tuesday against the Orioles but still notched his 11th save of the season.

He still got the save, so it would appear that his job is safe. The run came after J.J. Hardy reached base on a walk and was then driven in by Travis Snider. Tolleson's overall numbers still compare favorably to those of Tanner Scheppers and Keone Kela, who pitched perfect innings Tuesday prior to Tolleson getting the ball in the ninth.

Shawn Tolleson RP TEX 8 months ago

Tolleson pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 10th save of the season Friday against the White Sox.

The 27-year-old capped off a come-from-behind victory with another strong appearance and is now 10-for-10 in save opportunities. Tolleson also has a 2.53 ERA and is striking out more than a batter per inning, making him a strong fantasy option now that he has officially been named the Rangers' closer.

Shawn Tolleson RP TEX 8 months ago

Tolleson was unavailable for action Wednesday after having pitched in three straight games.

Keone Kela pitched the ninth to notch his first major-league save, but Tolleson is in no danger of losing his grip on the closers' role for the foreseeable future.

Shawn Tolleson RP TEX 8 months ago

Rangers manager Jeff Banister officially named Tolleson the team's closer Tuesday, the Dallas Morning News reports. "He's closed enough games out for us to be called the closer," Banister said. "I'm comfortable with giving him the closer's position."

This was little more than a formality at this point, as Tolleson has gone 9-for-9 in save opportunities since unofficially taking over in the ninth inning last month. It's still worth noting, though, as Banister had seemed intent on going without set roles after Neftali Feliz was removed as closer. Tolleson is averaging better than a strikeout per inning this season but has recorded just three punchouts in his last eight appearances.

Shawn Tolleson RP TEX 8 months ago

Tolleson earned his ninth save Monday as he worked around a hit to retire the Dodgers in the ninth. He struck out one.

Tolleson issued just his fifth walk in Sunday's outing against the Twins, in which he suffered his first loss and allowed a run on two hits. Tolleson now owns a 1.48 BB/9 after working through Tuesday's outing without a walk; he has yet to issue walks in consecutive outings this season. Maintaining this control will be critical to his success. He walked 3.5 batters per nine innings in 64 games in 2014.

Shawn Tolleson RP TEX 8 months ago

Tolleson took the loss Sunday against the Twins as he allowed a run on two hits and a walk after entering a tie game in the ninth.

It was just the second time in 16 appearances that the right-hander has been scored upon, and he still holds a 2.76 ERA on the season. Tolleson is still not officially referred to as the team's "closer," but has been given virtually every high-leverage appearance for the last month, converting all eight save opportunities he's seen, and is the arm to own in the Texas bullpen.