Toronto Blue Jays Promote Pitcher Sean Nolin
The Toronto Blue Jays called up Sean Nolin Thursday afternoon who will take to the mound Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles. The promotion of the Blue Jays’ number eight ranked prospect doesn’t come as much of a surprise, despite only making three starts at the Double—A level with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The Blue Jays’ starting rotation has been in great need of relief with two fifths of it still out due to injury and the 6ft 4 Nolin will give the Blue Jays just that.
Nolin, out of Long Island, NY, has made a great start to his 2013 campaign owning a 2-0 record and 1.17ERA in three starts. It appeared that his promotion may be a little premature, but with no better options at the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, general manager Alex Anthopoulos went with youth and called up the twenty-three year old. The 2010 sixth round draft pick owns an above average fastball and plus changeup, with his arsenal of pitches being rounded out with a decent curveball and slider. Expect to see a lot of swings and misses, as Nolin as sixteen strikeouts in fifteen and a third innings.
It was initially thought that Ramon Ortiz would provide his fourth spot start, but after giving up four runs in just two and a third innings Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays, Anthpoulos and John Gibbons could not afford to have another below-par start. In seven spot starts this season, Ortiz and other spot starters have gone 1-4 with an ERA over six. Nolin is the right choice at the right time.
The news broke after fellow Blue Jays’ prospects started offering their congratulations to Nolin via twitter.
— Aaron Sanchez (@A_Sanch21) May 23, 2013
— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo7) May 23, 2013
Nolin will not and should not be judged solely on his debut performance Friday night, however with fellow prospect Marcus Stroman back from a fifty game drug suspension and soon to be back Josh Johnson not too far away, time may be against Nolin to impress. Whatever the result, it will be exciting to see a highly touted draft pick in the last two years make it with the big league team. Go Jays!