T. J. McFarland

T. J. McFarland
McFarland with the Diamondbacks
Arizona Diamondbacks – No. 30
Born: (1989-06-08) June 8, 1989
Palos Hills, Illinois
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 6, 2013, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
(through August 7, 2018)
Win–loss record 18–14
Earned run average 3.94
Strikeouts 189

Timothy John McFarland (born June 8, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Baltimore Orioles.


McFarland attended Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Palos Hills, Illinois, where he played for the school's baseball team and basketball team for 4 years. As a senior, McFarland recorded 103 strikeouts while walking only 13 in 66 23 innings pitched. He signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Missouri and play college baseball for the Missouri Tigers baseball team.[1]

The Cleveland Indians selected McFarland in the fourth round of the 2007 MLB Draft.[1] Rather than attend Missouri, McFarland signed with the Indians.[2] While pitching for the Kinston Indians of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League in 2010, he was named to the all-star game.[3]

After spending the 2012 season with the Akron Aeros of the Class AA Eastern League and the Columbus Clippers of the Class AAA International League, the Baltimore Orioles selected McFarland from the Indians in the 2012 Rule 5 draft.[4] After a strong spring training,[5] he was named to the Orioles' Opening Day roster.[6] The Orioles traded fellow relief pitcher Luis Ayala in April 2013, further solidifying McFarland's hold on a roster spot and improving his chances of staying with Baltimore; a Rule 5 pick must remain with the MLB team that drafted him for the entire season or be offered back to the original team for $25,000. He earned his first career major league win on June 13 pitching an inning of relief against the Boston Red Sox. He made his first career start on June 28 against the New York Yankees.[7] In his first full major league season, McFarland made 38 appearances with all but one in relief.

McFarland earned his first major league win as a starter on July 1, 2014 against the Texas Rangers.[8]

McFarland signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 3, 2017, one week after he was released by the Orioles.[9] The Diamondbacks promoted him to the major leagues on April 27.[10] On December 6, 2017, McFarland signed a one-year, $850,000 contract with the Diamondbacks.[11]


  1. 1 2 "Cleveland selected 48 players in the '07 First-Year Player Draft" (Press release). Major League Baseball. June 8, 2007. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  2. "BARFIELD MISSING AS A HITTER, WON'T MAKE EXCUSES, WEDGE SEEKS CONSISTENCY FROM SECOND BASEMAN, GIVES CABRERA A CHANCE". Akron Beacon Journal. August 17, 2007. p. C5. Retrieved May 17, 2013. (subscription required)
  3. "T.J. McFarland is a Carolina League All-Star! | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Milb.com. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  4. Connolly, Dan (March 11, 2013). "Can T.J. McFarland pitch his way onto Baltimore Orioles' roster? – Baltimore Sun". Articles.baltimoresun.com. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  5. Connolly, Dan (March 26, 2013). "Lefty T.J. McFarland is forcing the Orioles into a tough decision – Baltimore Sun". Articles.baltimoresun.com. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  6. Encina, Eduardo A. (March 29, 2013). "Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland makes Orioles Opening Day roster – Baltimore Sun". Articles.baltimoresun.com. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  7. Encina, Eduardo A. (April 10, 2013). "Trade shows faith in lefty T.J. McFarland, but Orioles' Rule 5 pick knows he still has to perform – Baltimore Sun". Articles.baltimoresun.com. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  8. Wilson, David (July 1, 2014). "Orioles' power on display early in rout of Rangers". MLB.com. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  9. Adams, Steve (March 3, 2017). "Diamondbacks Sign T.J. McFarland To Minor League Deal". MLB Trade Rumors.
  10. http://www.azsnakepit.com/2017/4/27/15461352/shelby-miller-partial-tear-ucl-t-j-mcfarland-promoted
  11. Todd, Jeff (December 6, 2017). "Diamondbacks Re-Sign T.J. McFarland". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
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