- Full name Andrew M. Doyle
- Born 11/12/1987 in Rock Island, IL
- Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 220 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Oklahoma
Drafted in the 4th round (124th overall) by the Texas Rangers in 2009 (signed for $234,000).
View Draft ReportDoyle has solid stuff and a craftsman's approach to pitching. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder has the arm strength to dial a four-seam fastball up to 93-94 mph when needed, but he prefers to throw 89-91 mph two-seamers on the corners, allowing their sink to create groundouts. His slider isn't a swing-and-miss pitch but it is an out pitch, generating off-balance swings and more groundouts. His changeup gives him a third pitch that induces weak contact. Doyle has an easy delivery and is always around the plate. He doesn't have the sexiest arsenal, especially compared to flamethrowing but erratic teammate Garrett Richards, but Doyle does have 17 wins in two seasons in Oklahoma's rotation. He projects as a possible third-round pick and potential No. 3 starter in the big leagues.
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After spending his freshman year at Oklahoma in the bullpen, Doyle spent the next two seasons in the weekend rotation, emerging as the staff ace by the end of his sophomore year. He went 17-8 in two seasons as a starter and climbed into the fourth round of the draft, signing for $234,000. He cruised through the Northwest League in a relief role in his pro debut, but fatigue took a toll on him after he was promoted to Hickory at the end of the season. A physical sinkerballer with an easy delivery, Doyle makes his living by pounding the bottom corners of the strike zone with an 89-91 mph two-seam fastball that features plus life. He can run his four-seamer up to 93-94 mph when he needs to, and he mixes in an average changeup with good sink. His slider was a below-average pitch that lacked depth in his pro debut, but he had some success using it to keep hitters off balance and induce groundouts in college. Though the Rangers used Doyle in relief during his debut like they did with Tommy Hunter in 2007, he profiles as an innings-eating starter like Hunter. He's likely to start 2010 in high Class A and could move quickly.