White Sox's Doyle Splits Time Learning, Teaching
CHICAGO—Terry Doyle has devoted a significant portion of his past offseasons as a math teacher to high school and junior high students in Warwick, R.I.
But Doyle has proven to be a solid listener, as evidenced by his success as a 37th-round pick in the 2008 draft.
Doyle has heeded the advice of several White Sox minor league pitching coaches and instructors about the importance of getting ahead in the count. Despite a fastball that barely tops 90 mph, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Doyle has succeeded with pinpoint control to amass impressive statistics that continue to raise his stock in the organization.
"The thing the White Sox preach is getting ahead of hitters, 0-1, 1-2," Doyle said. "I'm really trying to focus on that. That's what's really giving me some success because hitters on their heels are a lot easier to pitch against than hitters ahead, ready to hit the ball and looking to drive the balls in the gaps."
After walking just 33 while striking out 122 in 173 innings at high Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham, Doyle has made the most of his assignment in the Arizona Fall League by posting a 2.11 ERA over 21 innings and earning the league's pitcher of the week honors for the AFL's third week. He'd reached 194 innings overall including his AFL time.
"He's confident in his ability to locate a pitch, and that's what he believes in and goes out and does," Mesa manager Joe McEwing said.
After the AFL, Doyle plans to continue to serve as a substitute math teacher and hopes to pursue a coaching and teaching career if his professional baseball plans don't pan out.
"I've had teachers and coaches in my life that I appreciated," said Doyle, who earned a degree in math from Boston College. "That was something I figured I'd like to stay in baseball after playing. If being a high school coach is an option, there aren't many jobs that give you those hours where you can be a high school baseball coach, and teaching just kind of fits."
• As of now, there are no plans to move righthander Jacob Petricka from the rotation to the bullpen. Petricka has made 10 relief appearances in the AFL.
• The Sox weren't planning to announce their 2012 minor league staff until their major league staff had been finalized. Joel Skinner, who managed six seasons in the Indians system (1995-2000) before becoming a major league coach for the past 11 seasons with Cleveland and Oakland, was a strong candidate to become manager at Triple-A Charlotte.