Chris Tillman Re-Signs with Baltimore Orioles
Tillman’s Career Profile
Drafted in the second round with the 49th overall pick by the Seattle Mariners in the 2006 June Amateur Draft, Tillman wouldn’t play a game for the organization. On February 9th, 2008, Tillman would be a part of a trade that would set the Orioles up for the team they have right now. Tillman, along with center fielder Adam Jones, pitchers George Sherrill, Kam Mickolio and Tony Butler. In exchange, the Mariners acquired pitcher Erik Bedard. After the trade, Tillman had to wait for a year still to make his MLB debut. He would officially debut on July 29th, 2009. During his rookie year, Tillman would finish with a 5.40 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 65 innings pitched.
Four years later, Tillman would be named to his first All-Star game as a starting pitcher. Tillman would be named the Opening Day starter for the Orioles in 2014. In that start, Tillman would strike out four batters in five innings pitched in a no decision. Tillman was also a part of the Orioles ALCS run in 2014. He would pitch in two games in that postseason, pitching a 6.75 ERA with nine strikeouts in 9.1 innings pitched. In the 2015 season, Tillman once again would be named the Opening Day starter. He would then be named the Opening Day starter for the third consecutive year for the 2016 season. In this start, thanks to two separate rain delays, Tillman would only pitch two innings. In his nine years in the league, all with Baltimore, Tillman has a career ERA of 4.43 with 834 strikeouts in 1,118.1 innings pitched.
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