An Oakland A's bullpen with two Doolittles is still a possibility. The A's have reached an agreement with minor league free agent Ryan Doolittle to return to the organization for the 2015 season. The contract is still pending approval.
Doolittle will represent the A's in Arizona this fall at the Arizona Fall League. Doolittle will join Matt Olson, Daniel Robertson, Boog Powell, Austin House, Drew Granier and Tanner Peters as A's representatives on the Mesa Solar Sox's roster.
A 26th-round pick of the A's in 2008, Doolittle worked through several arm injuries during his time in the organization. He missed all of the 2009 season and a large part of the 2011 campaign with arm problems. In 2012, Doolittle injured his elbow while pitching for High-A Stockton and ended up needing Tommy John surgery. He returned for the final month of the 2013 season.
In 2014, Doolittle put together the first fully healthy season since his draft year in 2008. Doolittle began the season on the High-A Stockton roster, but he earned a promotion to Double-A Midland after he allowed just two runs in 10 innings. He spent the rest of the year in the Midland bullpen, posting a 3.23 ERA with a 47:19 K:BB in 47.1 innings. He threw 2.1 innings in the Texas League playoffs, allowing a run.
Throughout his career, Doolittle has been effective when healthy. In 220.1 career innings, he has a 3.02 ERA and 217 strike-outs. He has walked just 41 and has allowed only 16 homers.
The right-hander features a fastball that sits in the low-90s, as well as a solid change-up and slider. He isn't afraid to challenge hitters and has been a groundball pitcher throughout his career.