BRIAN TALLET
LEFT HANDED PITCHER
Born: September 21, 1977
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 220
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Drafted: 2nd Round, 55th Overall, 2000 (Indians)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
College: Louisiana State University
Agent: CAA Sports

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Tallet was with the Indians when Pirate GM Neal Huntington was there.  He appeared to be very promising initially, but his stuff didn’t hold up well at higher levels.  He eventually moved to the bullpen and pitched well there for Toronto for over two years.  At the time he threw a 89-90 mph fastball, a slider and a curve.  His fastball velocity dropped off, though, after an ill-advised attempt to move him to the rotation in 2009, and it didn’t bounce back.  He may or may not have started throwing a lot of cutters in 2010, depending on which data you look at.  He’s neither a groundball or flyball pitcher, although he’s had significant gopher ball problems since 2009.  He’s had only a small platoon split.  The Pirates signed him to a minor league contract for 2012.

2000
A-:  0-0-0, 1.15 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 15.2 IP, 1.7 BB/9, 11.5 K/9

Tallet dominated in a brief debut in short season ball.

2001
A+:  9-7-0, 3.04 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 160.0 IP, 2.1 BB/9, 9.2 K/9

Although he put up impressive numbers, including more than a strikeout per inning, the Indians left Tallet in high A all year.

2002
AA:  10-1-0, 3.08 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 102.1 IP, 2.8 BB/9, 6.4 K/9
AAA:  2-3-0, 3.07 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 44.0 IP, 3.3 BB/9, 5.1 K/9
MLB:  1-0-0, 1.50 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 12.0 IP, 3.0 BB/9, 3.8 K/9

Tallet pitched well in AA and AAA, and in a two-game trial in the majors in September, but his K rate dropped significantly.

2003
AAA:  4-4-0, 5.14 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 84.0 IP, 3.6 BB/9, 7.2 K/9
MLB:  0-2-0, 4.74 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, 19.0 IP, 3.8 BB/9, 4.3 K/9

Tallet opened the season in AAA and struggled there in 15 starts.  The Indians called him up in June anyway, and he continued to struggle through five games, three of them starts.  His struggles may have been injury-related, as he ended up having Tommy John surgery in August.

2004
A-:  0-0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 2.2 IP, 0.0 BB/9, 6.8 K/9
A:  0-0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP, 2.0 IP, 0.0 BB/9, 4.5 K/9
AA:  1-1-1, 5.32 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 23.2 IP, 4.9 BB/9, 9.1 K/9
AAA:  0-0-0, 4.15 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 8.2 IP, 3.1 BB/9, 7.3 K/9 

Tallet worked his way up through the minors on rehab, pitching 37 innings total.

2005
AAA:  6-5-0, 4.05 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 97.2 IP, 2.3 BB/9, 5.6 K/9
MLB:  0-0-0, 7.71 ERA, 1.93 WHIP, 4.2 IP, 5.8 BB/9, 3.9 K/9

Spending most of the year in AAA, Tallet didn’t allow a lot of baserunners, but he had trouble with gopher balls (17) and didn’t fan many.  He spent parts of August with the Indians, but made only two relief appearances.  He didn’t pitch in September.

2006
AAA:  1-2-3, 5.68 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, 25.1 IP, 3.6 BB/9, 7.5 K/9
MLB:  3-0-0, 3.81 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 54.1 IP, 5.1 BB/9, 6.1 K/9

Cleveland basically gave Tallet away to the Jays and he opened the season with them, pitching in relief.  He didn’t pitch well in April and spent most of May struggling in AAA.  The Jays brought him back up at the end of May and he pitched better, although his control wasn’t good.  He pitched in 44 games in the majors, with one start.

2007
AAA:  0-0-0, 1.75 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 6.2 IP, 1.4 BB/9, 4.0 K/9
MLB:  2-4-0, 3.47 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 62.1 IP, 4.0 BB/9, 7.8 K/9

Toronto designated Tallet for assignment after the 2006 season and he opened 2007 in AAA.  The Jays called him up late in April, though, and he spent the rest of the season in their bullpen.  He had probably his best season, walking a few too many but allowing only one HR, and holding hitters to a .215 BA and .298 slugging average.

2008
AAA:  0-0-0, 4.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 2.0 IP, 4.5 BB/9, 4.5 K/9
MLB:  1-2-0, 2.88 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 56.1 IP, 3.5 BB/9, 7.5 K/9

Tallet had another good season in relief for the Jays.

2009
MLB:  7-9-0, 5.32 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 160.2 IP, 4.0 BB/9, 6.7 K/9

Tallet opened the season back in the bullpen, but the Jays moved him to the rotation in mid-April due to injury problems.  The move didn’t go well; he had a 5.41 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 25 starts and didn’t pitch as well when he went back to the bullpen.  He had trouble with longballs, allowing 20.

2010
A+:  0-0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, 4.0 IP, 2.2 BB/9, 6.8 K/9
AAA:  0-1-0, 54.00 ERA, 7.50 WHIP, 1.1 IP, 6.8 BB/9, 6.8 K/9
MLB:  2-6-0, 6.40 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, 77.1 IP, 4.4 BB/9, 6.2 K/9

The Jays opened the season with Tallet back in the rotation and he struggled through five starts, two of them coming after he missed six weeks with a forearm injury.  He didn’t pitch any better after moving to the bullpen.  He allowed another 20 HRs, better than one every four innings.

2011
A (StL):  0-0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 2.0 IP, 0.0 BB/9, 22.5 K/9
A+ (Tor):  1-0-0, 2.25 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 4.0 IP, 0.0 BB/9, 11.2 K/9
MLB (StL):  0-1-0, 8.31 ERA, 1.92 WHIP, 13.0 IP, 3.5 BB/9, 6.2 K/9
MLB (Tor):  0-1-0, 54.00 ERA, 12.00 WHIP, 0.1 IP, 54.0 BB/9, 27.0 K/9

The Cardinals signed Tallet as a free agent, but he wasn’t able to pitch much due to a broken hand and an intercostal strain.  He was still out with the strain when St. Louis traded him to Toronto at the trade deadline.  After a brief rehab, Tallet pitched just one game with with the Jays, who released him to clear roster space.

The odds that Tallet will be a productive major leaguer look very long at this point, so he’s probably best cast as AAA depth.  The Pirates may see it the same way, as Tallet didn’t get an invitation to major league camp.  He also didn’t get assigned to Indianapolis to start the season, instead remaining in extended spring training.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Majors
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MLB.com
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2004: $301,000
2006:
$327,000
2008: $640,000
2009: $1,015,000
2010: $2,000,000
2011: $750,000
1012: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $595,000
MiLB Debut: 2000
MLB Debut: 9/16/2002
MiLB FA Eligible: 2013
MLB FA Eligible: 2013
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: September 13, 2002
Options Remaining: 0 (USED: 2003, 2005, 2006)
MLB Service Time: 6.130
TRANSACTIONS
June 4, 1996: Drafted in the 14th round, 404th overall, by the Florida Marlins.
June 3, 1997: Drafted in the 13th round, 409th overall, by the New York Yankees.
June 3, 1999: Drafted in the 19th round, 572nd overall, by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
June 5, 2000: Drafted in the 2nd round, 55th overall, by the Cleveland Indians; signed on August 1.
September 13, 2001: Contract purchased by the Cleveland Indians.
January 17, 2006:
Traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Toronto Blue Jays for Bubbie Buzachero.
February 8, 2006: Designated for assignment by the Toronto Blue Jays.
April 22, 2007: Contract purchased by the Toronto Blue Jays.
November 12, 2010: Outrighted to AAA by the Toronto Blue Jays and became a free agent.
November 30, 2010: Signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals.
July 27, 2011:
Traded by the St. Louis Cardinals with Trever Miller, Colby Rasmus and P.J. Walters to the Toronto Blue Jays for Edwin Jackson, Octavio Dotel, Corey Patterson, and Mark Rzepczynski.
September 5, 2011: Released by the Toronto Blue Jays.
February 3, 2012: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.