Sean Nolin will be joining Jacob Nottingham and Bubba Derby in Milwaukee after all. The Oakland A's announced on Monday that the left-hander was claimed off waivers by the Brewers. Nolin had been designated for assignment by the A's on February 12 after Oakland and Milwaukee made a deal that sent OF Khris Davis to the A's. Nolin should have a strong opportunity to make the rebuilding Brewers' roster out of spring training. He is out of options.
Nolin came over to the A's before last season as part of the Josh Donaldson trade. Nolin was limited during spring training as he continued to recover from off-season sports hernia surgery. He made his debut with Triple-A Nashville in May and threw 47.1 innings for the Sounds. Nolin spent nearly seven weeks on the DL with Nashville with left shoulder soreness that was likely caused by weakness in his lower half that could be linked back to the hernia surgery. Nolin had a 2.66 ERA with Nashville, but his velocity rarely topped 90 MPH. He spent much of September pitching in the A's rotation and had a 5.28 ERA in 29 innings with Oakland.
If healthy, Nolin could be a solid back-end starter for the Brewers this season. He has a 3.02 ERA in 485.2 minor league innings and was the A's 16th-best prospect heading into this season.null