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  1. Doolittle-Cook-Balfour might just challenge Clippard-Storen-Soriano for the most dominant 7-8-9 trio in MLB.

    Comment by Forrest Gumption — April 2, 2013 @ 9:12 am

  2. word from Mo. He says he is pretty good with one pitch too.

    Comment by Cidron — April 2, 2013 @ 9:13 am

  3. O’Flaherty / Walden, Venters, Kimbrel??

    Comment by Bob — April 2, 2013 @ 9:32 am

  4. I faced Doolittle at Shawnee high school. He was the team’s ace, so it’s no surprise he’s dominating at the MLB level.

    Comment by Shawnee HS — April 2, 2013 @ 9:36 am

  5. venters was not all that last yr and now he has serious elbox concerns..

    Comment by tvatotrs — April 2, 2013 @ 9:40 am

  6. I’m a sidearm righty who pitches for a college team. I’ve always found that it was easier to get lefties out because the movement on my fastball allowed me to locate low and away better, inducing more weak ground balls

    Comment by Tom — April 2, 2013 @ 9:41 am

  7. Um, Craig Kimbrel.

    Comment by gouis — April 2, 2013 @ 9:59 am

  8. Marshall-Broxton-Chapman is pretty good too.

    Comment by George — April 2, 2013 @ 9:59 am

  9. Is the Elbox the newest of these new-fangled video gaming contraptions?

    Comment by Marcus Tullius Cicero — April 2, 2013 @ 9:59 am

  10. Possibly this armslot/rising fastball combo is also why Kimbrel is so good?

    Comment by tahititaco — April 2, 2013 @ 10:44 am

  11. How about , Robertson, Rivera?

    Comment by Jon — April 2, 2013 @ 10:57 am

  12. Yes Shawnee High School has a long history of its aces dominating the major leagues.

    Comment by drewcorb — April 2, 2013 @ 10:58 am

  13. Yeah I think that extra half-foot that separates Doolittle from the sidearming lefties is a big deal. It’s traditionally thought of as the LOOGY slot, I’d even say.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — April 2, 2013 @ 11:26 am

  14. This is awesome, thank you!
    As an A’s fan, I think Doolittle may honestly have been my favorite story from last year. We had such high hopes for him as a prospect. He had such an interesting bat but unfortunately he just couldn’t stay on the field. Would be cool to see him pinch hit in an interleague game sometime though.

    Comment by Timb — April 2, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

  15. Doesn’t Papelbon throw the fastball almost exclusively as well?

    Comment by Hmmbug — April 2, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

  16. Certainly when Varitek was catching him.

    Comment by Pedantic A**hole — April 2, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

  17. “First basemen aren’t generally known for their arms, he can’t have a great breaking ball with so little experience pitching, and he’s a lefty with one pitch”

    Eno –

    Here’s the problem. He’s a pitcher, not a first baseman. With plenty of experience on the mound.

    He played both positions in college. On a pretty good team. In a pretty good conference.

    Finished his college hitting career with 312/423/482.

    For a slick fielding SS, that would be awesome. For a first baseman, that’s rather pedestrian.

    Finished his college pitching career with a 2.23 ERA, 9.85 K/9 and 2.35 BB/9.

    So the A’s, in their infinate wisdom, took him 41st overall in the 2007 draft and make him…

    …wait for it…

    a position player.

    Yeah, really.

    Beane dropped the ball on this one.

    Comment by Mike — April 2, 2013 @ 5:31 pm

  18. Except that, in Doolittle’s own words, he was a pitcher without an average breaking ball. Brandon Belt was similar. I think it was great of the team and the player to ‘activate his insurance policy’ and, given the fact that Doolittle almost made it as a big league 1B, they did the right thing the first time around.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — April 2, 2013 @ 6:08 pm

  19. Phil Coke/ Al Alburqurque, Octavia Dotel??

    Comment by Glenny — April 2, 2013 @ 11:11 pm

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