Saturday, January 16, 2016

Meet a Prospect: Tyler Olson

The New York Yankees were in a pretty unique situation up until this week that gave the team the freedom to basically do as it pleased this offseason. The team had two empty slots on their 40 man roster meaning they could sign free agents, make trades or whatever else they wanted to do without having to worry about designating someone for assignment or making room on the roster. Now the Yankees 40 man roster is at full capacity after such a trade that brought both Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Olson from the Dodgers to the New York Yankees for Rob Segedin. We will meet a prospect, Ronald Torreyes, a little later in the day and we may even take a look at what the Dodgers got back in Segedin but for right now we meet the left-handed arm that will presumably look to break camp in the Yankees bullpen. This is Meet a Prospect: The Tyler Olson Edition.

Tyler Ray Olson was born on October, 2 1989 in the state of Washington where he spent his High School days attending University High School in Spokane Valley, Washington. Olson then went to Gonzaga University and pitched for the Gonzaga Bulldogs baseball team pitching five years there including a redshirt season in 2010 due to a shoulder subluxation. Olson did enough to catch the attention of the Oakland Athletics in the 2012 MLB First Year Players Draft as the A’s drafted him in the 17th round. Olson did not sign and returned to Gonzaga for his senior year at Gonzaga posting a9-4 record with a 2.48 ERA in 101.2 innings. Olson won the West Coast Conference’s Pitcher of the Year Award which led the Seattle Mariners to draft him 207th overall in the 2013 MLB Draft with their seventh round pick. Olson almost immediately signed and began his professional career inside the Mariners organization and farm system.

Olson stayed in the Mariners farm system for two years before being invited to Spring Training camp in 2015 where he made Seattle’s Opening Day roster. Olson would injure his knee in May and land on the disabled list and when he came back he found himself without a spot in the Mariners bullpen. Olson was optioned back to Triple-A when he was activated and that’s where he stayed for the remainder of the season before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on December 18, 2015 for cash considerations. Olson lasted all of three weeks with the Dodgers before being designated again and traded again, this time to the Yankees.

Let me be the first to welcome you not only to the team but to the organization and most importantly to the family as well. Enjoy your stay Tyler!

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