Virginia’s Tommy Doyle Ranks No. 1 In NECBL

Summer College League Top Prospects

Tommy Doyle (Photo by Robert Gurganus)

Tommy Doyle (Photo by Robert Gurganus)

NEBCL Top Prospects
Tommy Doyle, rhp, Keene (Jr., Virginia)
Brandt Stallings, of, Keene (So., Georgia Tech)
Connor Kaiser, ss, Newport (So., Vanderbilt)
Travis Jones, if/of, Valley (Jr., Texas)
Jason Foley, rhp, Mystic (SIGNED: Tigers)
Darrien Ragins, lhp, New Bedford (Jr., Delaware State)
Mark Washington, rhp, Valley (Jr., Lehigh)
Michael Osinski, ss, Vermont, (Jr., Longwood)
Troy Dixon, c, Newport (Sr., St. John's)
Stephen Scott, of, Newport (So., Vanderbilt)

SEE ALSO: Summer College League Top Prospects

Postseason Recap: A year after falling in the NECBL championship to the Vermont Mountaineers, the veteran-heavy Mystic Schooners made it all the way back this summer, defeating the Sanford Mainers, 8-2, to win the league crown. The Schooners finished the season with a franchise-best 35-16 record, and they were the clear team to beat heading into the playoffs with a league-leading 29-win regular season. Lefthander Kevin Magee (St. John's) got the start and victory for Mystic in the title game, allowing one earned run in five innings. Texas Christian's Michael Landestoy, Vanderbilt's Tristan Chari and Louisiana Tech's Chace Lunceford were among the hitters who drove in runs in the win, with Lunceford hitting a two-run home run to help break the game open.

1. Tommy Doyle, rhp, Keene (Jr., Virginia)

Doyle went 2-7, 5.07 in 64 innings with Virginia in the spring, making seven starts but pitching primarily out of the bullpen—where he's been for most of his Virginia career. However, the 6-foot-6 righthander blossomed in a starting role with the Swamp Bats during the summer, going 1-1, 1.62 with 40 strikeouts to seven walks in 33 innings and establishing himself as the clear top prospect in the league. With his big frame, Doyle generates downward angle on a heavy 91-93 mph fastball with natural cutting action. Doyle touched as high as 96 mph this summer and lives at 93-95 in short relief. He generates swings and misses with a hard 82-85 mph slider while also commanding a curveball and mixing in an occasional changeup. Like most Virginia pitchers, Doyle begins his delivery with a knee bend—though an abbreviated one. His repertoire, body, command and effortless velocity point to a future as a starter, and a strong junior season with the Cavaliers could elevate his draft stock to that of an early round pick.

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