|Doolittle Makes The Jump|
by Melissa Lockard of OaklandClubhouse.com, June 4, 2012 at 8:58 pm ET
Sean Doolittle Profile
In 2009, Sean Doolittle was seemingly weeks away from a call-up to the major leagues as a first baseman or outfielder for the Oakland A's. That call-up never happened, as Doolittle injured his knee playing the outfield for Triple-A Sacramento. That injury eventually resulted in two surgeries and kept him off the field for the rest of the 2009 and all of the 2010 season. In 2011, Doolittle was ready to return as a position player when he injured his wrist swinging the bat at extended spring training. That would be his last at-bat as a professional.
Last August, the A's brass met with Doolittle and the two parties decided to end his career as a position player and give him a chance to be a pitcher. Doolittle was a two-way star in college, and some teams liked him better on the mound than at the plate. Less than 10 months after that meeting, Doolittle is now in the big leagues as a pitcher.
Doolittle made his professional pitching debut during the last week of the Arizona Rookie League last August, pitched in the A's Instructional League and then threw well during big league spring training. He made his 2012 debut with the High-A Stockton Ports and quickly pitched his way to Double-A and, most recently, Triple-A. In 25 innings for all three clubs, Doolittle struck-out 48, walked only seven and had a 0.72 ERA. Batters hit only .096 against him.
Doolittle took the place of left-hander Jordan Norberto in the A's bullpen. Norberto was placed on the disabled list on Monday with a left shoulder strain.