The Oakland Starting Rotation Still a Mystery

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Feb 20, 2014; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Sean Nolin (35) throws as the Blue Jays work out at the Bobby Mattick Training Center. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

The case for Sean Nolin:

He is a classic Billy Beane guy. He is a left handed pitcher who doesn’t give up many home runs. As a prospect he has never been regarded too highly. He cracked Baseball Prospectus’ top-100 prospects list once, in 2013, at 97.

His strikeout rates started out strong in the early minors, but decreased as he advanced through the Toronto Blue Jays system. He has shown some trouble with control, but not enough to cause much concern as he does not allow many home runs. His FIP was steady throughout his minor league career, staying between 2 and 4. That is a good indicator he would fare well in Oakland.

Career highlight: Compiled a 3.17 ERA in 105 innings in Triple-A.

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