Chris Tillman

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Chris Tillman
Chris Tillman on July 29, 2009.jpg
Tillman pitching for the Orioles in 2009
Baltimore Orioles – No. 30
Starting pitcher
Born: (1988-04-15) April 15, 1988 (age 26)
Anaheim, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 29, 2009 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 45-31
Earned run average 4.00
Strikeouts 511
Career highlights and awards

Christopher Steven Tillman (born April 15, 1988) is an American professional baseball starting pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Early life[edit]

Tillman was born in Anaheim, California and played prep football and basketball at Fountain Valley High School at Fountain Valley, California.[1]

Baseball career[edit]

Warming up before a minor league start

Tillman was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the second round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. On February 9, 2008, Tillman, along with Adam Jones, George Sherrill, Kam Mickolio, and Tony Butler, was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for Érik Bédard.[2]

According to Baseball America, he was Baltimore's second best prospect, behind only Matt Wieters.[3]

On July 29, 2009, Tillman made his major league debut against the Kansas City Royals.[4] He pitched 423 innings, allowing three runs on three solo home runs. The Orioles ended up winning 7-3, leaving Tillman with a no decision.[5]

On April 28, 2010, Tillman threw a no-hitter at the Gwinnett Braves as the Triple-A Norfolk Tides won the game 6-0. This no-hitter was the first for the Tides since 1992.

On April 2, 2011, Tillman carried a no-hitter through six innings against the Tampa Bay Rays in the Orioles second game of the season. He was lifted by manager Buck Showalter after the sixth inning, however, as Tillman's pitch count was already up to 101 pitches. The team no-hitter was lost the following inning by Jeremy Accardo but the Orioles did go on to win 3-1. The Orioles did not score their runs until the 8th inning, giving Tillman a no-decision.

On March 31, 2012, the Orioles decided to option Tillman to the Tides rather than include him on their starting rotation. He posted an 8-8 record with the Tides in 16 games, pitching to a 3.63 ERA with 30 walks and 92 strikeouts. Tillman made his return to the Orioles on July 4, 2012, allowing only 2 hits over 8-1/3 innings against the Mariners and recording his first major league win of the season.[6]

The 2013 season was a breakout one for Tillman. He assumed the role of ace of the rotation and compiled the most wins of any pitcher on the staff. Although he did not get the call to pitch, Tillman was selected to his first All Star Game, by American League manager Jim Leyland, after Justin Verlander decided not to go. On August 29, Tillman became the first Oriole pitcher since Erik Bedard in 2006 to record 15 victories in a single season, winning against the Boston Red Sox, pitching 7 innings, allowing two runs, no walks and striking out 8.[7] On September 9, Tillman recorded his 16th win, going into the 8th inning against the New York Yankees, allowing 2 runs (both solo home runs), 4 hits and no walks, while striking out 9. Tillman ended the season with 16 wins, the most of any Orioles pitcher since Mike Mussina had 18 in 1999. He pitched 206.1 innings, struck out 179 batters and had a final ERA of 3.71.[8]

On March 17, 2014, manager Buck Showalter announced that Tillman would be the Orioles' Opening Day starter, for the first time in his career, on March 31, against the Boston Red Sox.[9] He received a no-decision, going 5 innings, allowing one run, and striking out 4. On April 6, Tillman earned his first win of 2014, going 8.1 innings against the Detroit Tigers, allowing one run and striking out 5. On May 17, Tillman pitched his first career complete game shutout, against the Kansas City Royals. On September 23, Showalter announced that Tillman will be making his first career postseason start, during game 1 of the American League Division Series, against the Detroit Tigers. Tillman would be the winning pitcher, going 5 innings, allowing 2 runs, and striking out 6, as the Orioles defeated the Tigers 12-3.

Pitching Style[edit]

Tillman throws four pitches: a four seam fastball at 91-95 MPH, occasionally touching 96, a cutter at 83-87, a curveball at 75-78 that reached 80 during the first month of his career and a changeup, thrown mostly to lefties, at 78-84.[10] The curveball and changeup are Tillman's out pitches.


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