Published On: April 24th, 2022

Tully is the 281st former Northwoods League player to debut in MLB

Rochester, Minn. – Former Battle Creek Bomber Tanner Tully, made his Major League debut for the Cleveland Guardians on Friday, April 22, 2022. Tully is the 281st former Northwoods League player to reach the Major League level.

Tully, who played collegiately at The Ohio State University, played for the Battle Creek Bombers in 2014. He was drafted in the 26th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Indians.

In 2014 with the Bombers, Tully appeared in one game and was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA. He struck out three batters in 4.0 innings.

Tully began his professional career in 2016 with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the Short-Season A New York Penn League. He pitched in 13 games and was 4-1 with a 1.17 ERA. He struck out 26 batters in 46 innings while walking nine.

Tully began the 2017 season with the Lake County Captains of the Lo-A Midwest League. After 16 games he was promoted to the Lynchburg Hillcats of the Hi-A Carolina League. He would pitch in five games in Lynchburg before moving up to the Akron RubberDucks of the AA Eastern League. After appearing in three games with Akron he would end the season with one game with the Columbus Clippers of the AAA International League. For the season he pitched in 25 games and was 6-10 with a 3.69 ERA. He struck out 95 batters in 124.1 innings and had two saves.

In 2018, Tully spent the entire season in Lynchburg. He appeared in 26 games and was 6-11 with a 4.47 ERA over 147 innings pitched. He struck out 109 and walked 20.

Tully began the 2021 season with Akron and then was promoted to Columbus. Between the two clubs he was a combined 6-6 in 26 games with a 3.50 ERA. He struck out 97 batters in 113 innings and had a save.

Prior to his call-up to the Guardians, Tully had pitched in two games in Columbus and had 12 strikeouts in 9.0 innings. In his Major League debut against the Yankees, he entered the game in relief in the fifth inning. He pitched 2.0 innings and allowed one run on one hit.


The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 28th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 280 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live for FREE via the Northwoods League website at For more information, visit or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.

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