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Shawn Mark Tolleson

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Pitcher Shawn Tolleson reached the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012.

Attending Baylor University, Tolleson sat out his freshman season in 2007 after Tommy John surgery, then redshirted in 2008.

Tolleson was selected by the Dodgers in the 30th round of the 2010 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Fred Costello and made his pro debut that summer with the Ogden Raptors, going 1-1 with an 0.63 ERA and 17 saves. After saving 25 games between three different clubs in 2011, he began the 2012 season with the AA Chattanooga Lookouts, posting a 1.38 ERA and 5 saves in 11 outings. Following a stint with the Albuquerque Isotopes, he was called up by the Dodgers in early June when Javy Guerra was placed on the disabled list.

He made his big league on June 7, 2012, walking the only two batters he faced in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies. He didn't fare much better in his next outing, giving up an earned run in one inning of work against the Seattle Mariners while striking out two.

After his initial season, Tolleson went on nine-day humanitarian mission to the African country of Zambia along with his wife and teammate Clayton Kershaw and his wife. He and Kershaw are childhood friends from their days playing baseball while growing up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Kershaw wanted to build an orphanage near the capital city of Lusaka, and the Tollesons volunteered to help him out.

[edit] Further Reading

  • T.R. Sullivan: "Zambia relief mission gave Tolleson perspective: Rangers righty spent nine days helping build an orphanage in Lusaka in 2012", mlb.com, January 10, 2014. [1]

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