|Baltimore Orioles – No. 55|
|Born: May 1, 1994|
Los Angeles, California
|July 29, 2019, for the Baltimore Orioles|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2021 season)
|Earned run average||4.61|
Dillon Michael Tate (born May 1, 1994) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played college baseball at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The Texas Rangers selected Tate in the first round of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft and traded him to the New York Yankees during the 2016 season. He was traded to the Orioles close to the 2018 trade deadline. He made his MLB debut in 2019.
Tate attended Claremont High School in Claremont, California, graduating in 2012. He made the school's baseball team, but received little playing time as a freshman. He then began to train at the Major League Baseball (MLB) Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California. He was not selected in the MLB draft out of high school.
Tate enrolled at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he played college baseball for the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. The Gauchos and the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles were the only two Division I programs to offer Tate a scholarship. As a freshman, he appeared in four games, pitching three innings, and had a 9.00 earned run average (ERA). That summer, he grew from 165 pounds (75 kg) to 200 pounds (91 kg) through weight training. As a sophomore, he served as the Gauchos' closer, finishing the season with a 1.45 ERA, 12 saves, and 46 strikeouts. Tate was expected to enter his junior season in 2015 as the closer again, but was converted into a starting pitcher after an injury to one of the team's starters. He started 14 games in his junior year, pitching to an 8–5 win–loss record with a 2.26 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 103+1⁄3 innings pitched.
Considered one of the top prospects for the 2015 MLB draft, the Texas Rangers selected Tate with the fourth overall selection. He signed with the Rangers on June 12, earning a $4.2 million signing bonus.
Tate made his professional debut for the Spokane Indians of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League and was promoted to the Hickory Crawdads of the Class A South Atlantic League in 2016. He spent time on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. Tate pitched 65 innings for Hickory, with a 5.12 ERA, 55 strikeouts, and 27 walks. His fastball velocity, which previously ranged from 92–98 miles per hour (148–158 km/h), decreased to 90–93 miles per hour (145–150 km/h) in his time with Hickory.
On August 1, 2016, the Rangers traded Tate and fellow prospects Erik Swanson and Nick Green to the New York Yankees for Carlos Beltrán. The Yankees assigned Tate to the Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League to pitch as a reliever for the remainder of 2016, in order to work with pitching coach Justin Pope to fix various mechanical flaws that can lead to an increase in velocity. In 17.1 innings for Charleston, he posted a 3.12 ERA with a 1.56 WHIP. The Yankees assigned him to the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League after the regular season, and he was named to the Fall Stars Game.
After missing the start of the 2017 season with a sore shoulder, Tate made nine starts for the Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League, pitching to a 2.62 ERA. The Yankees promoted him to the Trenton Thunder of the Class AA Eastern League in August, where he finished the season, posting a 1–2 record with a 3.24 ERA in 25 innings.
On July 24, 2018, the New York Yankees traded Tate, Cody Carroll, and Josh Rogers to the Baltimore Orioles for Zack Britton. The Orioles added him to their 40-man roster after the season. Tate split the 2018 season between the Trenton Thunder and the Bowie Baysox of the Eastern League, accumulating a 7–5 record with a 4.16 ERA in 123+1⁄3 innings. Tate returned to Bowie to start the 2019 season.
On July 26, 2019, the Orioles promoted Tate to the major leagues. He made his debut on July 29, allowing three runs over two innings pitched. He finished his rookie season with a 6.43 ERA across 16 appearances. Tate pitched in 12 games for Baltimore in 2020, posting a 3.24 ERA with 14 strikeouts.