The Colorado Rockies chose right-handed pitcher Tommy Doyle with the 70th overall in Competitive Balance Round B of the 2017 draft. Doyle comes out of the University of Virginia, where he was the team’s closer. Baseball America ranked Doyle 136 in its top 500 draft prospects list.
MLBPipeline.com’s scouting report on Doyle has his fastball sitting in the low-90s, though it has been clocked as high as 97. His slider may be his best off-speed pitch. If the Rockies intend to leave him in relief, those two pitches will be enough. If they plan to transition him to starting,he’ll need to work on his other off-speed offerings.
Doyle had a 1.87 ERA in 33 2⁄3 innings of work for the Cavaliers. He made 23 appearances this season, all in relief, and earned 14 saves. He struck out 38 and walked 10. His final season in Virginia was by far his best as he seemed to thrive in the closer’s job.
For his college career, Doyle pitched in 61 games, making seven starts and had a 3.87 ERA. He struck out 104 and walked 47 in 121 innings.
This is the second draft selection the Rockies made. With their second round pick, the Rockies chose high school third baseman Ryan Vilade. It was the 48th overall selection of the draft.
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