On Friday, Sean Nolin will become the latest pitching prospect to make his MLB debut for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Signability concerns dropped Nolin to the 50th round in 2008 and the 48th round in 2009 where he was signed by Milwaukee ans Seattle respectively. Entering the June Amateur Draft for the 3rd consecutive year, the Blue Jays made the then 20 year old LHP a 6th round draft pick in 2010 before he finally signed his name on the dotted line and entered Toronto’s system.
Since making his professional debut with Gulf Coast League Blue Jays on July 28th, 2010, the 23 year old pitcher has gone 16-6 in 55 games as a member of the Toronto organization.
With a dominating 2.92 ERA to go with a shiny career 1.202 WHIP over 246.1 Innings Pitched, the 6’5 Nolin has quickly became one of the Blue Jays top pitching prospects in a pipeline that’s full of young talent.
Nolin is coming off a 2012 campaign that saw him go a perfect 9-0 with the Dunedin Blue Jays. His strong play in the Florida State League earned the New York native a call up to AA New Hampshire in August where he continued to shine going 1-0 for the Fisher Cats down the stretch.
As for 2013, a groin injury held Nolin off the mound until May 7th however the lefty picked up right where he left off in 2012 allowing a mere 2 Earned Runs over 15.1 IP for New Hampshire.
Nolin attacks hitters with an arsenal including a Fastball that sits in the low 90′s, a sweeping Curveball in the low to mid 70′s, a (plus) Change Up that’s been clocked around 82 MPH and an effective Slider that he can throw for strikes in any count.
Despite not having the velocity to really blow it by his opponents, Nolin has managed to strikeout more batters than innings pitched across his young career (263/246.1). Again, plus Change Up.
Although Nolin is not regarded as the teams top pitching prospect, he is certainly viewed as being the most polished pitcher in the MiLB system. With the Rotation in a constant state of flux due to an array of injuries, Nolin will likely receive a fair look at the MLB level.