NOLIN, SEAN

Position: Pitcher

DOB: December 26, 1989

Height: 6’3″ / Weight: 235

Bats: Left / Throws: Left

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Waivers (February 22, 2016)

Profile:  Originally drafted by the Brewers out of high school way back in 2008, Nolin opted to head to college at San Jacinto.  He was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 48th round a year later, and then again by the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth round in 2010.  He signed with Toronto and worked his way up through their minor league system before making his MLB debut with the Blue Jays in 2013.  He bounced back-and-forth between Triple-A and Toronto in 2014, then was traded to the Oakland A’s along with pitcher Kendall Graveman and infielders Brett Lawrie and Franklin Barreto in exchange for third baseman Josh Donaldson. Nolin split the 2015 season between Oakland and Triple-A Nashville, but was designated for assignment in February of 2016.  The Brewers claimed Nolin and brought him to spring training, but he suffered an injury during camp and ultimately had to have Tommy John surgery which sidelined him for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.  Working with a low-to-mid-90’s fastball, a plus changeup and a curveball, the left-handed Nolin has worked primarily as a starter, but given his injury history he may be better suited for a relief role going forward.

2010:  After signing with the Blue Jays for a reported $175,000, Nolin made one start for the GCL Blue Jays, then moved up to Auburn of the New York-Penn League to finish out the season there.  In six starts there, he went 0-2 with a 6.05 earned run average.

2011:  Nolin advanced to Low-A Lansing in the Midwest League in 2011, where he started 21 of the 25 games he pitched in, going 4-4 with a 3.49 earned run average.  He racked up 113 strikeouts in 108.1 innings of work and recorded one save.

2012:  The Blue Jays moved Nolin up to High-A Dunedin in 2012 and he was dominant in 17 outings there, 15 of which came as a starter.  He went 9-0 with a 2.19 ERA and was named to the Florida State League All-Star team before being promoted to Double-A New Hampshire.  He made three more starts there and went 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA.

2013:  Nolin returned to New Hampshire to begin the 2013 season and after another strong start, he got the call to the big leagues, making a spot start for Toronto in May as he made his MLB debut.  He returned to Double-A after that start and wound up going 8-3 with a 3.01 ERA in 17 starts, earning a spot on the Eastern League All-Star team before moving up to Triple-A Buffalo late in the year.

2014:  Returning to Buffalo to being the 2014 season, Nolin landed on the disabled list in May.  He went on to make 17 starts at Triple-A along with a trio of rehab starts in the GCL and Dunedin and finished the year with a combined record of 4-7 with a 3.43 earned run average before getting a September call-up to re-join the Blue Jays.

2015:  After being dealt to Oakland as part of a blockbuster trade for Josh Donaldson, Nolin split time between the A’s and their Triple-A squad in Nashville.  He battled a hernia and lingering groin issues, but pitched well when healthy, going 2-2 with a 2.66 ERA in the minors while getting six starts with Oakland.

2016:  With the A’s in need of a spot on their 40-man roster, Nolin was designated for assignment in February of 2016 and the Brewers pounced, claiming him off waivers.  He joined the Brewers in Maryvale for Spring Training and looked good in five Cactus League outings, but he suffered an injury in March that landed him on the disabled list.  The team tried to put him on a rest and rehab program but when that didn’t work, he underwent Tommy John surgery in August of 2016, ending his year.

2017:  The decision to put off Tommy John surgery until August 1st the previous season wound up costing Nolin all of 2017 as well as he missed his second consecutive season while working his way back from injury.