Tyler Olson (baseball)

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Tyler Olson
Tyler Olson (baseball).jpg
Olson in 2017
Chicago Cubs
Pitcher
Born: (1989-10-02) October 2, 1989 (age 30)
Spokane, Washington
Bats: Right Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 7, 2015, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record5–3
Earned run average3.83
Strikeouts94
Teams

Tyler Ray Olson (born October 2, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, and Cleveland Indians.

Amateur career[edit]

Olson attended University High School in Spokane Valley, Washington. He enrolled at Gonzaga University and pitched for the Gonzaga Bulldogs baseball team. He pitched for the Bulldogs as a freshman in 2009, but took a redshirt in 2010 when he suffered a shoulder subluxation. In 2012, his junior year, he was added to the Bulldogs' starting rotation, and pitched 110 innings.[1]

The Oakland Athletics selected Olson in the 17th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft. Olson did not sign with Oakland, returning to Gonzaga for his senior year.[1] As a senior, Olson had a 9-4 win–loss record and a 2.48 earned run average (ERA) in ​101 23 innings pitched. He was named the West Coast Conference's Pitcher of the Year.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

The Seattle Mariners selected Olson in the seventh round, with the 207th overall selection, of the 2013 MLB Draft.[3][4] He signed with the Mariners and began his professional career with the Everett AquaSox of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League.[5] He started the 2014 season with the High Desert Mavericks of the Class A-Advanced California League, and was promoted to the Jackson Generals of the Class AA Southern League during the season.[6]

The Mariners invited Olson to spring training in 2015.[7] He made the Mariners' Opening Day roster.[8] He went on the disabled list with a knee injury in May.[9] He was activated and optioned to the Tacoma Rainiers of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL) on June 2.[10] Olson finished the 2015 season with a 1–1 win–loss record and a 5.40 ERA in 11 relief appearances for the Mariners.[11]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

Olson was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations on December 18, 2015,[12] but was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on January 6, 2016.[13]

New York Yankees[edit]

On January 12, the Dodgers traded Olson and infielder Ronald Torreyes to the New York Yankees in exchange for minor leaguer Rob Segedin and a player to be named later or cash.[11] He began the 2016 season with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the Class AAA International League, and was promoted to the major leagues on April 15.[14] The Yankees designated Olson for assignment on June 7.[15]

Kansas City Royals[edit]

The Kansas City Royals claimed Olson off of waivers and optioned him to the Omaha Storm Chasers of the PCL.[16]

Cleveland Indians[edit]

The Cleveland Indians claimed him off waivers from the Royals on July 9, and assigned him to the Columbus Clippers of the International League. The Indians designated him for assignment on August 4. On August 14, 2016, he was sent outright to Columbus.[citation needed]

Olson began the 2017 season with Columbus. The Indians purchased his contract on July 21, 2017,[17] and he faced one batter against the Toronto Blue Jays that night. Olson remained on the Indians for the rest of the year. He appeared in 30 games, pitching 20 innings without giving up an earned run. He made the Indians' postseason roster and pitched in the postseason for the first time, appearing in 3 games without giving up an earned run.[18]

Olson made the 2018 Indians Opening Day roster. On May 11, he was placed on the paternity list as he went to be with his wife Shayna for the birth of their first child.[19] Olson finished the season with 43 appearances, logging in ​27 13 innings. In 2019, Olson pitched in ​30 23 innings, going 1-1 in 39 games. Following the 2019 season, Olson was outrighted off the Indians roster and became a free agent.

Chicago Cubs[edit]

On January 17, 2020, Olson signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs.

Personal[edit]

Olson and his wife Shayna welcomed their first child, a son, in May 2018.[20][21]

Olson grew up a Seattle Mariners fan.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Olson, Gonzales give Gonzaga potent combo". Spokesman.com. April 26, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  2. ^ "Mariners select in-state lefty Olson from Gonzaga". MLB.com. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  3. ^ "Mariners draft Gonzaga pitcher Olson - Spokesman.com - June 8, 2013". Spokesman.com. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  4. ^ "Mariner draft pick has Goldendale connection". The Goldendale Sentinel. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  5. ^ "Mariners' Olson lands in right spot - MiLB.com News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  6. ^ "Local News - The News Tribune". thenewstribune.com. Retrieved June 6, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "News and notes from Mariners pre-spring training conference - Mobile Sections - MyNorthwest.com". mynorthwest.com. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  8. ^ Divish, Ryan (April 5, 2015). "Reliever Tyler Olson realizes big-league dream". The Seattle Times. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  9. ^ "Pregame notes and lineups: Same lineup, different day". The Seattle Times. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  10. ^ "Pregame notes and lineups: Mike Montgomery makes his major league debut". The Seattle Times. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  11. ^ a b Rieber, Anthony (January 12, 2016). "Yankees acquire pitcher Tyler Olson, infielder Ronald Torreyes". Newsday. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  12. ^ Weisman, Jon (December 18, 2015). "Dodgers acquire LHP Tyler Olson". Dodgers.com. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  13. ^ Kruth, Cash (January 6, 2016). "Dodgers sign Beachy to one-year deal". mlb.com. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  14. ^ "Yankees option Luis Cessa to Triple-A, call up lefty Tyler Olson". NJ.com. April 15, 2016. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  15. ^ "Yankees call up Anthony Swarzak, send down Luis Cessa, DFA Tyler Olson". Web.yesnetwork.com. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  16. ^ foxsports Jun 14, 2016 at 3:40p ET (June 14, 2016). "Royals claim P Tyler Olson off waivers, move Moose to 60-day DL". FOX Sports. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  17. ^ "Cleveland Indians reliever Boone Logan indeed lands on disabled list; Tyler Olson promoted". cleveland.com. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  18. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/olsonty01.shtml
  19. ^ "Cleveland Indians activate Andrew Miller from DL, move Tyler Olson to paternity list". cleveland.com. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  20. ^ https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/apr/02/spokanes-tyler-olson-lives-the-good-life-while-pit/
  21. ^ https://www.cleveland.com/tribe/2018/05/cleveland_indians_activate_and.html
  22. ^ https://marinersblog.mlblogs.com/mariners-spotlight-tyler-olson-ce6e303bd34c?gi=7eb62376ad1d

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