T. J. McFarland
Baltimore Orioles - No. 66
Born: (1989-06-08) June 8, 1989 (age 24), Palos Hills, Illinois
April 6, 2013 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics, (through 2013 season)
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Baltimore Orioles (2013-present),
Timothy J. McFarland (born June 8, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball.
McFarland attended Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Palos Hills, Illinois, where he played for the school's baseball team. As a senior, McFarland recorded 103 strikeouts while walking only 13 in 66 ⁄3 innings pitched. He signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Missouri and play college baseball for the Missouri Tigers baseball team.
The Cleveland Indians selected McFarland in the fourth round of the 2007 MLB Draft. Rather than attend Missouri, McFarland signed with the Indians. While pitching for the Kinston Indians of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League in 2010, he was named to the all-star game.
After spending the 2012 season with the AA Akron Aeros and the AAA Columbus Clippers in the Indians organization, the Baltimore Orioles selected McFalrand from the Indians in the 2012 Rule 5 draft. After a strong spring training, he was named to the Orioles' Opening Day roster. 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 6/13/13 pitching an inning of relief against the Boston Red Sox. He made his first career start on 6/28/13 against the New York Yankees. In his first full major league season, McFarland made 38 appearances with all but one in relief.