RHP Tommy Doyle (Comp. B/70th Overall): Virginia
Winning is an important part of any young player’s success at the next level. Tommy Doyle experienced winning in its purest form during his freshman season at Virginia. After being drafted by the Nationals out of high school, Doyle instead joined the Cavaliers, who won the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Doyle was a key piece in the bullpen during the championship run. He pitched in 16 games out of the bullpen in 2015, including 3.2 scoreless innings during the tournament.
In 2016, Doyle started seven games while at Virginia, but struggled before moving back to his natural spot in the bullpen. Another stellar season in 2016 landed Doyle on the Third-Team All-ACC. A successful college career to this point got Doyle drafted once again, this time by the Rockies.
He has the clearest path to success at this point, as the bullpen can always be improved. His first pro season will be monitored heavily after a long season at Virginia, but he could be set up for success as early as Spring Training. With 17 career saves under his belt, he could be worked in pressure situations in the minor leagues to build mental toughness. Don’t be surprised if Tommy Doyle is the first 2017 draftee to crack the big league roster.