12/08/11 11:54 AM EST
White Sox lose pitcher Doyle in Rule 5 Draft
Right-hander selected by division-rival Twins on Thursday
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
The right-hander was selected by Minnesota with the second pick in Thursday morning's Rule 5 Draft, after posting a 4-0 record with a 1.98 ERA over eight starts for the Mesa Solar Sox. Doyle had an 8-10 mark with a 3.07 ERA in 2011, combined numbers between stops at Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham, while striking out 122 and walking just 33 in 173 innings.
He wasn't really in consideration to be added to the White Sox 40-man roster until his dominant effort for Mesa, striking out 22 and walking five in 27 1/3 innings. But even that piece of mound work left Doyle unprotected for the Twins to claim for $50,000.
"In the industry, he definitely made quite an impression in the Fall League. He threw well down there," said White Sox director of baseball operations Dan Fabian of Doyle. "Terry Doyle is a nice pitcher. It just was a decision made that, looking at our long term, we had players we felt that we needed to get on the 40-man before Terry Doyle.
"Rule 5, he still has to get through Spring Training. So we may have an opportunity to get him back down the road."
Selected in the 37th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Doyle has shown a right-handed style similar to Mark Buehrle. His fastball tops out in the low 90s, but he throws strikes and makes hitters put the ball in play.
As part of the Rule 5 Draft process, if Doyle doesn't stay with Minnesota for the 2012 season, he can be offered back to the White Sox for $25,000.
Other unprotected White Sox players, such as outfielders Jordan Danks and Brandon Short, were not selected, and the club didn't take anyone.
"All you can do is protect as you see fits best on your 40-man," Fabian said. "With [Minor League director Buddy Bell] and [general manager Kenny Williams] and [assistant general manager Rick Hahn], they felt it was our best situation of the players we decided to add. Terry Doyle was in Triple-A, and you take that risk someone might take him. It obviously happened with the Twins today."
"If you throw enough strikes, you can pitch successfully in the bullpen and as a starter," said Doyle of his style earlier this offseason. "That's my best attribute: not putting guys on base and challenge hitters and keep the game moving as quickly as possible. Make them earn what they are getting."