Sean Nolin

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Not to be confused with Seán Nolan.
Sean Nolin
Milwaukee Brewers – No. 53
Born: (1989-12-26) December 26, 1989 (age 26)
Seaford, New York
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
May 24, 2013, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record 1-3
Earned run average 6.89
Strikeouts 15
WHIP 1.79

Sean Patrick Nolin (born December 26, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously played in Major League Baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics.

Professional career[edit]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

Nolin was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth round of the 2010 MLB Entry Draft out of San Jacinto Junior College.[1][2] He had originally been selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the fiftieth round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft, and by the Seattle Mariners in the forty-eighth round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign either time.[3][4]

Nolin debuted with the Auburn Doubledays of the New York–Penn League in 2010, starting six games while recording a 6.05 ERA.[1] In 2011, he had a 4-4 record and 3.49 ERA with the Lansing Lugnuts.[4] Nolin split the 2012 season between the Dunedin Blue Jays and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, finishing at 10-0 with a 2.04 ERA.[5] Nolin missed the first month of the 2013 baseball season with a groin injury suffered during spring training.[6] On May 23, 2013, it was announced that Nolin would be called up to the Major Leagues to start on May 24, 2013 against the Baltimore Orioles.[7] He was formally called up on May 24 when J. A. Happ was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.[8] Nolin took the loss in his debut, pitching 113 innings and giving up six earned runs and one walk. He was optioned back to Double-A New Hampshire following the 10–6 loss.[9] Nolin was ranked as the number 5 prospect in the Blue Jays organization on July 26, 2013, when the revised Top 100 Prospects list was released.[10] Nolin was promoted to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on August 17.[11] Nolin was invited to spring training in 2014 and optioned to the Buffalo Bisons on March 16, 2014.[12] He posted a 4–7 record in the minors in 2014, with an ERA of 3.43 and 88 strikeouts over 97 innings pitched.[13]

Nolin was called up to the Blue Jays on September 1, as part of the September roster expansion.[14] He would make just one appearance for Toronto in 2014, pitching a single inning of relief on September 22.[15]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

On November 28, 2014, Nolin was traded to the Oakland Athletics, along with Brett Lawrie, Kendall Graveman, and Franklin Barreto, for Josh Donaldson.[16] He was recalled from the Triple-A Nashville Sounds on September 4.[17] On September 6, he made his Athletics debut in a 3-2 loss against the Seattle Mariners.[18] Nolin earned his first MLB win on September 12, as the Athletics defeated the Texas Rangers 5–3.[19]

On February 12, 2016, the A's designated Nolin for assignment.[20]

Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

On February 22, 2016, Nolin was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers.[21] On August 21, 2016, Nolin underwent Tommy John surgery, and was put away for the rest of the 2016 season plus all of 2017 as well.[22]

Pitching style[edit]

Nolin's fastball runs in the high-80s to low-90s in MPH and he also throws a curveball (72-75 MPH), changeup (low-80s in MPH), and slider.[23][24]


  1. ^ a b Kennedy, Brendan (May 24, 2013). "Blue Jays: Friday's rookie starting pitcher Sean Nolin almost became a catcher". Toronto Star. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  2. ^ Derespina, Cody (September 2, 2014). "Nick Tropeano and Sean Nolin, Long Island pitchers, get MLB call". Newsday. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Complete 2009 draft results". August 11, 2009. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Curtright, Guy (May 30, 2012). "FSL notes: Jays' Nolin getting ahead". Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ Marshall, Ashley (July 29, 2014). "Bisons' Nolin puts injury woes behind him". Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ Maloney, Tom (May 23, 2013). "Blue Jays promote pitcher Sean Nolin". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  7. ^ Peaslee, Evan (May 23, 2013). "Nolin to get the call from Double-A, start Friday". Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Blue Jays shift J.A. Happ to 60-day". Associated Press. May 24, 2013. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  9. ^ Davidson, Neil (May 24, 2013). "Orioles beat Blue Jays, spoil Sean Nolin's major-league debut". CTV News. The Canadian Press. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  10. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (July 26, 2013). "Pitching remains strength in Blue Jays system". Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Nolin, Jimenez join Bisons from Double-A New Hampshire". Buffalo Bisons. August 17, 2013. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  12. ^ Davidson, Neil (March 14, 2014). "Jays send down Kyle Drabek, two other pitchers to minors". Toronto Star. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  13. ^ Ammenheuser, Dave; Lieppman, Keith (April 14, 2015). "Oakland A's top 12 prospects for Nashville Sounds". The Tennessean. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  14. ^ Davidi, Shi (September 1, 2014). "Pompey, Norris among 9 called up by Blue Jays". Sportsnet. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Bautista homers, Jays rout Mariners 14-4". Associated Press. September 22, 2014. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  16. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (November 28, 2014). "Donaldson reeled in from A's for Lawrie, prospects". Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  17. ^ Eymer, Rick (September 4, 2015). "Nolin to make A's debut on Sunday vs. Mariners". Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  18. ^ Lee, Jane (September 6, 2015). "A's pleased with Nolin's solid debut". Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Sean Nolin earns 1st MLB win; Mark Canha, Danny Valencia go deep to lead A's past Rangers 5-3". Winnipeg Free Press. September 13, 2015. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  20. ^ "A's designate Sean Nolin for assignment". CBS Sports. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  21. ^ Stiglich, Joe (February 22, 2016). "A's lefty Sean Nolin claimed off waivers by Brewers". Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Sean Nolin has Tommy John". CBS Sports. Retrieved August 21, 2016. 
  23. ^ George, Daniel (May 23, 2013). "Sean Nolin Expected To Start Friday For The Blue Jays". Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Prospect of the Week: Sean Nolin". January 22, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 

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