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A’s conversion project Sean Doolittle makes the bigs

Jun 5, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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Sean Doolittle was drafted by the A’s in 2007. A first baseman, primarily, he has some flashes of good power — In 2008 he hit .286 with 22 homers and 91 RBIs across two levels — but then injuries derailed him.

A pitcher in college, the A’s figured they’d see if he could pitch again. He threw a single inning in the rookie league in 2011 and began to pitch in earnest this year.  He has pitched 25 innings in 16 games across A-ball, Double-A and Triple-A. In that time he has a 0.72 ERA and has struck out 48 batters and walked 7.  To repeat: he struck out 48 batters in 25 innings.

Now he’s in the bigs.  The A’s just called him up from Sacramento to replace the injured Jordan Norberto.  Casey Pratt of CSNBayArea.com has his story.

What a turnaround.

  1. RickyB - Jun 5, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Let this be a lesson to big league teams — if you draft a two-way player out of college or high school, best to let him try and make it with the bat first. Easier to go from hitter to pitcher than pitcher to hitter. Plus it just might save a player’s arm by allowing it to fully develop before racking up all those innings at a young age.

  2. cruuuzcontrol - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    The pride of Tabernacle, NJ

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