The beginning of Sean Nolin's first season in the Athletics' system was delayed, as he spent the early part of the schedule recovering from bilateral core surgery. He also missed time with a shoulder injury, leaving him with just 76 1/3 combined innings between Oakland and Triple-A Nashville. Nolin did not fare well in six major league starts, as indicated by his 5.28 ERA, but he will be in the running for a rotation spot this spring. He is worth a flier in the late rounds of AL-only drafts.
Nolin will compete for a rotation spot with the A's in 2016, CSN Bay Area's Joe Stiglich reports. Sonny Gray and Rich Hill are the only two pitchers currently on Oakland's roster who seem like locks to be in the Opening Day rotation. Jesse Hahn (forearm) will need to show he is healthy, and there are performance questions with Kendall Graveman, Chris Bassitt and Aaron Brooks, so with a strong spring Nolin could find himself in the rotation when the A's break camp. Nolin has better pure stuff than Graveman (the other pitcher acquired from Toronto in the Josh Donaldson deal), and could end up being a solid No. 3 or No. 4 starter, especially in that ballpark.
Athletics starting pitcher Sean Nolin was not sharp Sunday, giving up five runs (three earned) on seven hits and one walk in just 2 1/3 innings of work against the Giants. That's now back-to-back miserable starts for the young lefty, as he gave up five runs on seven hits through five innings last time out against the Rangers. Through five starts, Nolin has posted a 5.25 ERA and 1.67 WHIP, with a disappointing 13:11 K:BB to boot.
Athletics starter Sean Nolin took a no-decision on Thursday against the White Sox, surrendering five hits, two earned runs and three walks in five innings. Nolin turned in another solid effort in his third start since his Sept. 4 call-up from Triple-A Nashville. The young southpaw has given up three runs or less in all three appearances, with control being his most visible weakness. Nolin has surrendered eight walks in 16 2/3 innings pitched for a robust 4.44 BB/9 rate, a number well above his 2.99 metric over 485 2/3 minor-league frames. Nolin figures to receive at least two more starts to further his development before the 2015 campaign concludes.
So far, so good for Athletics rookie Sean Nolin in his bid to maintain a spot in the rotation. Nolin crafted his second straight strong outing Saturday night in Texas. He gave up just one runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings with two walks and five strikeouts for his first career victory. The lone run was tallied on a Mike Napoli homer in the second. Nolin lowered his ERA to 3.09 with the fine performance.
The Athletics have recalled left-hander Sean Nolin from Triple-A Nashville to start him in Sunday's game, according to the Bay Area News Group. Nolin earned the promotion by posting a 2.66 ERA in the minors this season with 38 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings.