Born in Massachusetts, raised in New Hampshire, educated at Boston College and a substitute teacher in Rhode Island who has pitched in Japan, Terry Doyle is a true New England man except for the whole pitching in Japan part.
According to a source, Doyle signed with the Baltimore Orioles on a Minor League contract Wednesday. It is unclear whether or not he will get an invitation to big league Spring Training. I was unable to get a story posted then but put out a tweet reporting the signing.
What helped him get signed this offseason were his strong starts in the Venezuelan Winter League. Allowing just six runs in his last four starts totaling 22 innings while striking out 24 and walking just ten, teams started to notice the 29-year-old after these sharp outings.
Although he is a strikeout pitcher, Terry Doyle is not exactly a "power pitcher". His fastball sits around the 90MPH mark but it is his control and secondary pitches that bring him a high K/BB ratio.
Although he lacks any big league experience, Doyle has played at another country's top level before.
Back in 2012, Doyle was having the best year of his career. He posted a 2.83 ERA in 12 outings for the AAA Charlotte Knights and was sold to Japan where he made three starts for the Softbank Hawks going 1-1 while allowing five earned on 12.2 innings of work.
He left the archipelago in search of a big league career in 2013 and found a spot in the Boston Red Sox organization.
This past season, Doyle was first a member of the Chicago White Sox organization and more recently he was in the Atlanta Braves organization. In 23 games for the Gwinnett Braves, seven of which were starts, he posted a 2.93 ERA and struck out 44 men while walking just 20 on 58.1 innings of work.
For Doyle, the dream of becoming a big league player lives on, something he may be able to achieve if he pitches to the best of his ability.