Tony Marcel Sipp (born July 12, 1983) is an American professional baseball relief pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously played in MLB for the Cleveland Indians, Arizona Diamondbacks and Houston Astros.
Sipp with the Nationals in 2019
|Washington Nationals – No. 36|
|Born: July 12, 1983|
|April 22, 2009, for the Cleveland Indians|
|MLB statistics |
(through July 19, 2019)
|Earned run average||3.69|
Born in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Sipp graduated from Moss Point High School in Moss Point, Mississippi, where he also competed in football, winning a state title with the team in 2000. In baseball, Sipp also helped Moss Point High reach the state championship in baseball. Sipp and fellow major leaguer Joey Butler formerly played against one another, as they are both from Jackson County, Mississippi. Sipp played for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, and also attended Okaloosa-Walton College, before transferring to Clemson University.
He made his major league debut on April 22, 2009. Coming out of the bullpen, Sipp went 2–0 with an ERA of 2.92, recording 48 strikeouts. In 4 years in the Indians bullpen, he appeared in 248 games and recorded 167 holds, striking out 225 batters and recording a 3.68 ERA.
On December 12, 2012, Sipp was acquired by the Arizona Diamondbacks in a nine-player three-team blockbuster trade that sent Shin-Soo Choo to the Cincinnati Reds. He was designated for assignment on August 4, 2013. He became a free agent on November 27, 2013.
Sipp signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres in February 2014. On May 1, he was released by the Padres, then he signed a major league deal with the Houston Astros. Sipp became a key component of the Astros' bullpen for the remainder of the 2014 season, posting a 2.94 xFIP and striking out 11.19 batters per nine innings of work.
On December 11, 2015, the Astros re-signed Sipp to a 3-year, $18 million contract.
In 2017, Sipp made 46 appearances out of the bullpen and finished the season 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA. The Astros finished 2017 with a 101-61 record, giving them an AL West pennant clincher. Sipp did not see any sort of postseason action, but was still on the 40-man roster at the time, as the Astros won the 2017 World Series.
Sipp throws four pitches: a four-seam fastball (91-94 mph), a two-seam fastball (89–91), a slider (79–82), and a changeup to right-handed hitters (78–81). The slider is his most common two-strike pitch.
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