Randy Leon Tomlin
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 11", Weight 170 lb.
- School Liberty University
- Debut August 6, 1990
- Final Game May 20, 1994
- Born June 14, 1966 in Bainbridge, MD USA
Randy Leon Tomlin (nicknamed "Whispers") was born June 14, 1966 in Bainbridge, MD. He was a former pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates who attended Liberty University. Tomlin played in the majors from 1990 to 1994 and batted and threw left-handed. He went 30-31 in 94 career starts with 297 career strikeouts.
Tomlin was signed as the 18th round pick in the 1988 amateur draft by the Pirates and scout Jack Bowen. He posted amazing numbers in the minor leagues (see his professional stats here) and after only a couple years in the minors, he made his Major League debut on August 6, 1990.
Tomlin became famous for his invention (or bringing back to popularity) of the Vulcan change. The pitch was named such because it was a forkball thrown between the middle and ring finger similar to the welcome sign by Spock from Star Trek (live long and prosper). The pitch behaves much like the circle change with sinking action tailing away from a righty along with the slower speed. Danny Patterson later threw it.
Career highlights include a 2.55 ERA in 1990 and a 2.98 ERA in 1991.
Tomlin was the pitching coach at his alma-mater Liberty University from 1997-2006. In 2007-2008 he was the pitching coach for the Potomac Nationals and in 2009-2011 moved up to the Harrisburg Senators.
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1992)