Ranked as the Oakland A's sixth-best prospect coming into the 2015 season, lefty Sean Nolin will finally get an opportunity to show what he can do against major-league hitters. Nolin was recalled by the A's on Friday and is scheduled to make his first start for the A's on Sunday night against the Seattle Mariners. Nolin has two major-league appearances under his belt, both coming when he was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Nolin was one of the four players acquired by the A's in the Josh Donaldson deal this off-season. He has had a frustrating first season in the A's organization, as he lost significant time to injury. Nolin missed spring training and the first month of the season completing a rehab from off-season sports hernia surgery. Then he missed more than six weeks from late June to mid August dealing with left shoulder soreness that was likely brought on by trying to pitch before his legs were 100 percent.
Now healthy, Nolin has been busy building up his pitch count with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. He has appeared in four games for Nashville since being activated from the DL, working progressively deeper into the game in each outing. In his last outing, Nolin threw 76 pitches in a 4.2-inning appearance. He struck-out six, allowed one hit, walked none and didn't allow a run.
When he has been on the mound this season, Nolin has been effective. In 47.1 innings, Nolin posted a 2.66 ERA for Nashville. He struck-out 38 and walked 19. Since coming back from the shoulder injury, Nolin has walked two in 13.2 innings and he has 12 strike-outs. Nolin will be taking the spot in the rotation filled earlier this week by rookie Cody Martin, who was optioned back to Nashville the day after his first start with the A's. Chris Bassitt, who normally would be in this spot in the rotation, is currently sidelined with right shoulder soreness. The A's are hopeful that Bassitt will throw again this season.