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Tony Watson
ERA S K
3.06 15 58
Team: PittsburghHt / Wt: 6-4 / 225 NFBC ADP: 148.62
Position: RPBorn: 5/30/1985 Birthplace: Sioux City, Iowa
Bats/Throws: L/L Draft: 9th Round by Pirates (2007)


Latest News
Jan. 13 1:43 PM PT2:43 PM MT3:43 PM CT4:43 PM ET16:43 ET21:43 GMT5:43 2:43 PM MST4:43 PM EST5:13 PM VEN1:43 UAE (+1)3:43 PM CT-The Pirates and Watson will head to arbitration after failing to agree on contract terms prior to Friday's deadline.
Analysis: Watson earned $3.45 million last season, in which he pitched in at least 68 games for the fifth straight year and ended it as the team's closer following last July's trade of Mark Melancon. The left-hander finished with a career-high 15 saves and a 3.06 ERA after posting ERAs of under 2.00 in each of the previous two seasons. He's expected to compete with newcomer Daniel Hudson for the closer's role this spring.
Sep. 17 9:13 PM PT10:13 PM MT11:13 PM CT12:13 AM ET0:13 ET4:13 GMT12:13 9:13 PM MST11:13 PM EST11:43 PM VEN8:13 UAE11:13 PM CT-Watson gave up a solo home run in the 10th inning Friday before recording his 13th save.
Analysis: The left-hander has been shaky of late, allowing five homers over 6 2/3 innings in his last seven appearances.
Sep. 7 8:07 PM PT9:07 PM MT10:07 PM CT11:07 PM ET23:07 ET3:07 GMT11:07 8:07 PM MST10:07 PM EST10:37 PM VEN7:07 UAE (+1)10:07 PM CT-Watson bounced back from Tuesday's implosion to throw a scoreless ninth inning and save Pittsburgh's 4-3 victory over St. Louis.
Analysis: Watson had blown his last two save chances and was rocked for four runs and three homers in the ninth as the Cardinals rallied for a 9-7 win. He owns a mediocre 4.70 ERA with three blown saves since taking over as Pittsburgh's closer at the start of August.
Sep. 6 8:53 PM PT9:53 PM MT10:53 PM CT11:53 PM ET23:53 ET3:53 GMT11:53 8:53 PM MST10:53 PM EST11:23 PM VEN7:53 UAE (+1)10:53 PM CT-Watson had a dismal outing Tuesday in a 9-7 loss to St. Louis, giving up three homers and four runs while recording two outs in his fifth blown save.
Analysis: An All-Star as a setup man in 2014, Watson has given up a career-high nine homers this season. The three he surrendered in the ninth matched his season total in 2015.
Aug. 17 10:50 PM PT11:50 PM MT12:50 AM CT1:50 AM ET1:50 ET5:50 GMT13:50 10:50 PM MST12:50 AM EST1:20 AM VEN9:50 UAE12:50 AM CT-Watson allowed one hit en route to his sixth save in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Giants.
Analysis: Watson has done a solid job since taking over the closing duties in Pittsburgh. He's posted a 2.57 ERA while converting six of seven save chances in his last nine appearances.
Aug. 2 8:41 PM PT9:41 PM MT10:41 PM CT11:41 PM ET23:41 ET3:41 GMT11:41 8:41 PM MST10:41 PM EST11:11 PM VEN7:41 UAE (+1)10:41 PM CT-Watson, in his first game as Pirates closer since Mark Melancon's trade to Washington, earned his first save since April 22, 2015, in Pittsburgh's 5-3 win in Atlanta on Tuesday.
Analysis: Watson, who is almost equally good against righties and lefties, should get most if not all of the Pirates' save chances going forward.
May 25 2:44 PM PT3:44 PM MT4:44 PM CT5:44 PM ET17:44 ET21:44 GMT5:44 2:44 PM MST4:44 PM EST5:14 PM VEN1:44 UAE (+1)4:44 PM CT-The Pirates have reinstated Watson from the paternity list.
Analysis: Pittsburgh's primary set-up man had been away from the team since Wednesday to be with his wife for the birth of the couple's second child.

Regular Season

Pitching Statistics
Year Team W L Sv-Op G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB IBB K WHIP ERA
2011 Pit 2 2 0 - 1 43 0 0 41.0 34 18 18 6 20 4 37 1.32 3.95
2012 Pit 5 2 0 - 2 68 0 0 53.1 37 21 20 5 23 1 53 1.13 3.38
2013 Pit 3 1 2 - 4 67 0 0 71.2 51 19 19 5 12 1 54 0.88 2.39
2014 Pit 10 2 2 - 9 78 0 0 77.1 64 16 14 5 15 0 81 1.02 1.63
2015 Pit 4 1 1 - 3 77 0 0 75.1 55 17 16 3 17 1 62 0.96 1.91
2016 Pit 2 5 15 - 20 70 0 0 67.2 52 26 23 10 20 1 58 1.06 3.06
Career 26 13 20 - 39 403 0 0 386.1 293 117 110 34 107 8 345 1.04 2.56

Hitting Statistics
Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2011 Pit 43 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2012 Pit 68 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2013 Pit 67 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2014 Pit 78 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .333 .333 .333
2016 Pit 70 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - -
Career 403 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 .167 .167 .167

Postseason

Pitching Statistics
Year Team Round W L Sv-Op G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB IBB K ERA
2013 Pit Total 0 0 0 - 0 4 0 0 4.0 4 1 1 1 1 0 1 2.25
    WC 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 0 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 9.00
    LDS 0 0 0 - 0 3 0 0 3.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.00
2015 Pit Total 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.00
    WC 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.00
Career 0 0 0 - 0 5 0 0 5.0 4 1 1 1 1 0 2 1.80


Pitching Velocity

Pitch TypePitchesMaxMinAvgPct
Fastball 693 96 90 93.2 66.51
Slider 92 88 83 85.7 8.83
Changeup 257 88 80 85.3 24.66

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