Sean Robert Doolittle (born September 26, 1986) is a major league pitcher for the Oakland Athletics. He was the 41st overall pick in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, as a first baseman/outfielder.
Early life 
Doolittle grew up in Tabernacle Township, New Jersey, where he played Babe Ruth Baseball, and excelled as a pitcher.
He attended Shawnee High School, in Medford, New Jersey, where he was a stand-out pitcher and broke the state record for most strikeouts in a game. Sean was also a great hitter and led Shawnee to a state championship. Doolittle played for the University of Virginia Cavaliers baseball team as both a starting pitcher and first baseman. He formerly held the record for wins in a career for a Virginia pitcher — 22 — which has since been passed by Danny Hultzen. In 2005 and 2006, Doolittle was named to the USA National (Collegiate) Baseball Team.
Minor-league career 
Sean made his professional debut on June 18, 2007 and at one point was considered a top prospect . His brother, Ryan Doolittle is also a part of the Athletics' farm system.
His teammates during his college days were Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Schwimer.
Despite being injured for most of the 2009 season, Doolittle was ranked tenth in Oakland's farm system according to Baseball America. Doolittle missed the entire 2010 season while rehabbing from 2 knee surgeries. In the 2011 offseason, he was place on Oakland's 40-man roster to be protected from the rule 5 draft. After missing more than 2 years, Doolittle converted back to pitching, making his professional pitching debut in the instructional league in Arizona in 2011.
Major-league career 
After just 26 professional innings, 25 of those at three minor league stops in 2012, Doolittle was called up to the majors on June 4, 2012.
He served as a relief pitcher for the A's, earning his first career save on July 21, 2012 against the New York Yankees
- ^ 2007 MLB.com Draft tracker
- ^ Winston, Lisa (March 27, 2009). "Batting Around with Sean Doolittle: Former pitcher backs up A's decision to have him focus on hitting". mlb.com. Retrieved May 28, 2009.
- ^ "USA Baseball National Team Moves to 10–0 with Two Wins". USA Baseball.com. July 15, 2006. Retrieved May 28, 2009.
- ^ "Five SEC Players Make USA Baseball National Team". SECsports.com. July 2, 2005. Retrieved May 28, 2009.
- ^ a b Kimmey, Will (August 8, 2005). "Summer Stock: Doolittle Does A Lot". Baseball America. Retrieved May 28, 2009.
- ^ Oakland's Top-Rated Prospects
- ^ http://athletics.scout.com/a.z?s=304&p=2&c=1118448&ssf=1&RequestedURL=http%3a%2f%2fathletics.scout.com%2f2%2f1118448.html
- ^ http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?n=Sean%20Doolittle&pos=1B&sid=t237&t=p_pbp&pid=448281
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