Sean Doolittle is a lefty and throws one pitch 87% of the time. Even without knowing his back story — he was a first base prospect that couldn’t stay healthy on the field, and pitching was his chance to “activate his insurance plan” as he put it — you’d be forgiven for throwing the dreaded “LOOGY” moniker on him. First basemen aren’t generally known for their arms...
In part two of our year-in-review conversation with Oakland A's Assistant GM David Forst, we discuss some of the A's youngest prospects, as well as some of the players the team acquired during the past off-season and the transformation of Sean Doolittle.
After two years spent mostly recovering from a pair of knee surgeries, Sean Doolittle had his bags packed, his car loaded and his apartment cleaned out.
He was finally ready to head from extended spring training in Arizona to Sacramento, sure in his mind that it would be a short stopover before he headed down to Oakland to play first base for the Athletics.
Then, just a day before...
Back in mid-March I took a look at some interesting names that were making the conversion from minor league hitters to pitchers. The biggest success, so far, has been the emergence of Oakland’s Sean Doolittle who has now pitched 23.1 big league innings. Let’s see how everyone is doing as the minor league regular season starts to wind down.
Kyler Burke, Chicago Cubs (CF to LHP...
OAKLAND - When Sean Doolittle was drafted by the Oakland A's in the supplemental first round of the 2007 draft, 2012 appeared like a reasonable time for the first baseman to find himself in the big leagues.
(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated) By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer When Sean Doolittle started to throw bullpen sessions last summer to distract him from the frustration of another injury that derailed a once-promising career as a slugging first baseman, he never believed the transition from slugger to pitcher would go this smoothly.
Just more than nine months after throwing his first...
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June 05, 2012
Hot News for 1B Sean Doolittle
STOCKTON - One of the most intriguing stories in the Oakland A's system this season will be the continued development of Sean Doolittle as a pitcher. The former top first base prospect has returned to the place where he put together his best offensive numbers and is pitching lights out for the High-A Stockton Ports.
From Joe Nathan to Carlos Marmol to Sergio Santos, Major League Baseball pitching staffs are littered with conversion projects: players that took unusual routes to their big league careers by switching roles early in their careers from position players to pitchers.
The minor leagues will feature a number of interesting stories this season as a strong group of newly-minted pitchers...
(Eds: Updates with details, quotes.) Sean Doolittle is looking to his past to help shape his future.
The Oakland Athletics made him a first-round draft pick as a first baseman in 2007 but two knee injuries and a wrist problem conspired against his development. So the left-hander has returned to his pitching roots, hoping it will eventually land him a job in the major leagues.
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March 01, 2012