Sam Tuivailala
Sam Tuivailala
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
Seattle Mariners
10-Day IL
Injury Achilles
Est. Return 5/31/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Tuivailala has a live arm, but we won't see him until June at the earliest after he was forced to undergo surgery to repair a torn Achilles' tendon. He suffered the injury in his fifth appearance for Seattle following a trade from St. Louis. The overall body of work between the two stops was decent, with Tuivailala doing everything well enough but nothing exceptionally well. He had an 18.2% strikeout rate, 7.3% walk rate and 0.73 HR/9 on the strength of a near-50% groundball rate. He throws 95 mph with his fastball but the pitch was knocked around pretty good last season (38.% LD%, 40% HR/FB). More refinement and confidence in his breaking stuff would go a long way toward keeping hitters off the heater. The injury takes him out of the conversation for redraft leagues, but Tuivailala is a name to remember for later in the year as he has the stuff to rise quickly in the Mariners' stripped-down bullpen. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Mariners in March of 2019.
Allows run in first Tacoma outing
PSeattle Mariners
Achilles
May 19, 2019
Tuivailala (Achilles) logged his first rehab outing for Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday, allowing an earned run on a hit and a walk over an inning in a loss to Reno.
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Tuivailala's first taste of game action with the Rainiers was marred by an RBI single from Reno's Yasmany Tomas, but he got some good work in while throwing 27 pitches overall. The right-hander is slated for multiple appearances at the Triple-A level before activation is considered.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-23%
BAA vs RHP
2019
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2018
 
 
-37%
BAA vs RHP
2017
Even Split
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .292 132 26 18 33 8 1 4
Since 2017vs Right .224 204 38 5 43 7 0 3
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .356 70 9 10 21 6 1 2
2018vs Right .225 95 21 2 20 2 0 1
2017vs Left .222 62 17 8 12 2 0 2
2017vs Right .223 109 17 3 23 5 0 2
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Since 2017
 
 
-36%
ERA on Road
2019
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2018
 
 
-36%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-41%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.60 1.20 40.0 0 4 0 7.0 2.7 0.7
Since 2017Away 2.29 1.30 39.1 7 2 0 7.6 2.5 0.9
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 4.24 1.35 17.0 0 1 0 6.9 3.7 0.5
2018Away 2.70 1.50 20.0 4 2 0 7.7 2.3 0.9
2017Home 3.13 1.09 23.0 0 3 0 7.0 2.0 0.8
2017Away 1.86 1.09 19.1 3 0 0 7.4 2.8 0.9
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Tuivailala's fourth season with the Cardinals was his most successful yet in that he spent more time in the majors than he did at Triple-A Memphis. He worked a total of 64 innings between Memphis and St. Louis with good fortunes in both locations thanks to limiting his walks, as well as some BABIP suppression and stranding a bunch of runners. He is rather split neutral so he does not need to be pigeonholed into a ROOGY role, but he's still likely limited to low- and medium-leverage work due to the depth in front of him. Tuivailala is out of options so he must make the big-league club or be exposed to waivers where he will be grabbed by another organization looking for youth and experience.
Tuivailala had been starting to make a name for himself within the Cardinals organization, but took a huge step back during the 2016 season. His ERA, WHIP, strikeout rate and walk rate all trended in the wrong direction over 12 MLB games (nine innings) as he allowed six runs off 12 hits and six walks in that time. His struggles weren't exclusive to the majors as he failed to execute at Triple-A Memphis as well, where he posted a 5.21 ERA and 1.48 WHIP, both of which were far worse than 2015 marks of 1.60 and 1.20, respectively. Despite being a liability on the mound, he continued to hold the closer role with Memphis, but blew six of his 23 save opportunities. At just 24 years old and with a fastball that consistently exceeds 95 mph, it's not too late for Tuivailala to rebound from last year's troubles, but his chances of taking on a prominent role for the Cards in 2017 are slim.
Serving as the closer for the Cardinals Triple-A affiliate in Memphis Tuivailala picked up 17 saves and 43 strikeouts in 45 innings, posting a 1.60 ERA and a 1.200 WHIP as a 22-year-old. That success led him to a few brief stints with the Cardinals where he threw 14.2 innings across 14 innings, posting a 3.07 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP while striking out an impressive 20 batters. Tuivailala still needs some fine-tuning in the minors but should see some time with the Cardinals again in 2016. His fastball can hit triple digits and is consistently in the high 90's, so if he can improve on his command and improve his secondary offerings he could be a big part of the Cardinals bullpen in the coming years.
A converted infielder, Tuivailala found success as a flamethrower out of the bullpen, pitching well across three different levels of the Cardinals' system in 2014 before getting a September callup. Tuivailala only recorded three outs across two appearances for the Cardinals, but posted a 3.15 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in the minors in 2014, while striking out an impressive 97 batters in 60 innings. Entering 2015 as a 22-year-old, Tuivailala seems destined to head back to Triple-A for more seasoning at the start of the year, but injuries or poor pitching could open a spot for him if he keeps pitching well.
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Likely moving rehab up
PSeattle Mariners
Achilles
May 16, 2019
Tuivailala (Achilles) has allowed just one run on one hit and two walks across six rehab innings at High-A Modesto, and he's likely to move up to Triple-A Tacoma for the next phase of his recovery, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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Strong start to rehab
PSeattle Mariners
Achilles
May 8, 2019
Tuivailala (Achilles) has fired two scoreless innings across two rehab appearances with High-A Modesto, allowing no hits and one walk.
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Beginning rehab assignment
PSeattle Mariners
Achilles
May 1, 2019
Tuivailala (Achilles) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday at High-A Modesto, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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Close to rehab assignment
PSeattle Mariners
Achilles
April 28, 2019
Tuivailala (Achillies) is close to beginning a rehab assignment, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
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Slight hiccup in rehab
PSeattle Mariners
Achilles
April 17, 2019
Tuivailala (Achilles) has seen his rehab program put on a slight delay due to right shoulder tightness he experienced last week, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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