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Former Eagle Doyle Selected Second Overall in Rule 5 Draft

Doyle at BC

Doyle at BC

Dec. 12, 2011

Former Boston College pitcher Terry Doyle was taken by the Minnesota Twins from the Chicago White Sox with the second overall pick of the Rule 5 draft on Thursday.

"I am really excited about it," Doyle said. "I was with the White Sox for four years, so it will be different going to a new organization, but it's a great opportunity and I am really looking forward to running with it."

In 173 innings between high Single A and Class AA last season, Doyle went 8-10 with a 3.07 ERA and then made eight starts in the Arizona Fall League, going 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA.

"That's a limited sample of games - eight starts - but he held his own, and that's meaningful out there because hardly any pitchers do any good out there," Twins director of pro scouting Vern Followell said. "It's a tough league to pitch in, and he did well."

Doyle, a right hander, was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 37th round in 2008. In his four years at BC, he registered a 4.90 ERA in 59 appearances and 288.1 innings, while tallying an 18-20 overall record. The Warwick, R.I., native was a 2007 draft choice of the Los Angeles Dodgers (21st round) before electing to return to The Heights for his senior season. He registered a team-high three saves as a junior and led the team in innings pitched (89.0), strikeouts (72) and wins (5) as a sophomore.  He was ranked as the 40th top prospect by Perfect Game Crosschecker in the Cape Cod League in 2006 and was a two-year member of Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. In 2008, Doyle was named to the 2008 Brooks Wallace Watch List.

To retain Doyle, the Twins must put him on the 25-man active roster out of spring training and keep him there all season unless they work out a deal with Chicago. Otherwise, Minnesota would have to offer him back to Chicago for $25,000, half what they paid to draft him from the White Sox.

Doyle, 26, is 6 feet 4, 230 pounds and has the standard fastball-curveball-slider-changeup repertoire with enough life to succeed in the majors, according to Followell. More important, he has pitched a combined 341 minor league innings the past two seasons, most recently with the White Sox's Class AA Birmingham team (7-5, 3.24).

The Rule 5 draft makes available veteran minor leaguers not protected on 40-man rosters. A first-round "major league" selection costs a team $50,000, and he must immediately be put on the 40-man roster.

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