Sean Doolittle, Relief Pitcher, Washington Nationals
Date of Birth: 9/26/1986
Birthplace: Rapid City, South Dakota
College: University of Virginia
Sean Doolittle, relief pitcher for the Washington Nationals, was a top pitcher in high school and at the University of Virginia. He was first drafted in 2004 by the Atlanta Braves but he opted instead for college. Three years later, he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics as a first baseman and outfielder.
Doolittle suffered from injuries in 2009 and 2010 and he didn't play in the minors until 2011. That season, he transitioned back to pitching. He joined the Athletics as a relief pitcher in 2012, pitching 47.1 innings in 44 games. The following season, he pitched a career high 69.0 innings in 70 games (also a career high). He had a 5-5 record, 2 saves, and a 3.13 ERA.
Doolittle signed a five-year, $10.5 million contract extension on April 18, 2014. He became the Athletics' closer on May 20, 2014. He finished the season with 22 saves, a career high 89 strikeouts (to just 8 walks), and a career low ERA of 2.73 in 62.2 innings in 61 games. In 2015, his playing time was limited to just 13.2 innings in 12 games due to a shoulder injury.
In 2016, Doolittle had a 3.23 ERA in 44 games. He finished the season with 2 wins to 3 losses, 4 saves, and 45 strikeouts to 8 walks in 39.0 innings.
Doolittle was traded to the Nationals on July 16, 2017. He finished the 2017 season with 2 wins and no losses, 24 saves, 62 strikeouts to 10 walks, and a 2.81 ERA in 51.1 innings in 23 games with the Athletics and 30 games with the Nationals. In the postseason, he pitched 3.0 innings in 3 gmaes and he gave up 1 hit.
Career pitching statistics for Doolittle through 2017 include:
- 284 games played
- 283.0 innings pitched
- 14-13 win-loss record
- 57 saves
- 331 strikeouts to 55 walks
- 3.02 ERA