Mariners Spotlight – Tyler Olson


LHP Tyler Olson

Getting to Know Tyler Olson…

There are a lot of players in minor league camp (currently 60 players), some you know well, and some that you are not familiar with. In an effort to get to know some of our up-and-coming players, here is a little Q&A with left-handed pitcher Tyler Olson.

Olson is a left-handed pitcher from Spokane who was selected in the 7th round of the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Gonzaga University. In two minor league seasons he has combined to go 14-12 with a 3.69 ERA. Last season in 27 starts with A High Desert and AA Jackson he combined to go 12-8 with a 3.46 ERA. This spring he is turning some heads as a relief pitcher, as he dominated left-handed batters with a .206 opponent batting average last season.

Who was your favorite player growing up?
I am a Washington boy, so I grew up watching the Mariners and my favorite player was Jamie Moyer. Being a left-handed pitcher, he was someone I could really look up to.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the Spokane Valley and went to University High School.

Tell us about your college baseball career:
I played five seasons at Gonzaga, receiving a medical redshirt season after hurting my shoulder as a sophomore. I graduated from GU with a degree in sports management. It was a great experience playing for Mark Machtolf, Danny Evans and Steve Bennett.

Do you have a favorite game you remember from Gonzaga or so far in pro ball?
I would have to say it is when I threw a one-hitter in 2011 vs. Pacific pretty early in the season. I also threw a one-hitter in my fifth pro start with Everett, that was pretty special.

Tyler Olson was the 2013 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year.

Tyler Olson was the 2013 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year.

How excited were you to be drafted by the Mariners?
I could not have been happier, especially from a family perspective. Hopefully they will get to see me pitch someday in Safeco Field. I made my pro debut with Everett, and they play in the same league as Spokane. So I had the chance to pitch in front of my family that season. I grew up a big Mariners fan, so this is pretty cool.

Do you have a favorite meal before you pitch?
Lately, for some reason, it has been sushi. It’s been working pretty well for me.

Do you prefer starting or relieving?
To be honest, I don’t really have a preference. Whatever role the organization needs me in, I’ll do it. My goal is to pitch in the Major Leagues.

Who has been the greatest influence on your baseball career?
My Dad and my high school coach Don Ressa. The staff at Gonzaga were really important to my career as well.

What are your expectations for your Zags in March Madness?
They have a really good team and I hope they can make it to the Final 4. They have a couple of really big guys up front and they are really talented. It will be fun to watch for sure.

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