Height/Weight: 6’0”, 200 lbs
Acquired: 5th Rd 2008 (Coastal Carolina)
Born: 3/24/86 (Conway, SC)
Why Ranked Here: Doyle hit .300 in his pro debut while learning the mechanics and nuances of professional catching. At the plate, Doyle’s approach is disciplined and contact oriented, as he drew nearly as many walks as strikeouts. His line drive swing does not generate tremendous loft right now, and might never. As a college catcher who was used to having pitches called from the bench, Doyle had to learn all about game calling as a professional.
2008: Playing against younger competition in the Appalachian League, Doyle got off to a slow start (5-for-21) but hit .319 over his final 138 AB.
Dr. Pangloss Says: Catchers, who can handle the position, and have discipline with a bat in their hand, will have a space on any big league roster.
On the Flipside: Questions about Doyles’s power limit his ceiling to a regular at the high end. Scouts weren’t totally sold on his receiving abilities, but they are on few minor league catchers. Doyle will start 2009 at age 23.
Projected 2009 Start: Savannah or St. Lucie