Right-handed pitcher Tyler Yates was acquired from the Oakland A’s prior to the 2002 season. After spending two seasons in the minors he made the Mets pitching staff out of spring training in 2004. In his Major League debut on April 9 against the Montreal Expos Yates pitched six shutout innings and received a no-decision in the Mets 3-2 victory. Ten days later he recorded his first career victory allowing one run over 5 2/3 innings against the Atlanta Braves. Unfortunately, that would pretty much be the lone highlight of his season. Yates lost his next three starts and was eventually moved to the bullpen. At the end of June with his record at 1-4 and his ERA at 7.07 the Mets demoted Yates to the minors.
Yates returned to New York in September and finished the season pitching exclusively out of the bullpen. He appeared in a total of 21 games for the season and finished with a 2-4 record and 6.36 ERA.
Yates missed the entire 2005 season with a rotator cuff injury and when he was ready to pitch again he signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles.
While with the Mets Yates wore numbers 32 and 33.
Tyler Yates also played for the following teams:
Atlanta Braves – 2006,2007
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2008,2009