No Place To Call His Own

Reliever Cory Doyne is looking for a place to call home, the newest member of the St. Louis Cardinals AA affiliate Springfield Cardinals, is already playing for his third team in 2005.

Doyne began the season in Quad Cities, the St. Louis Midwest League affiliate. For the Swing of the Quad Cities (A), Doyne pitched in two games, working scoreless, hitless relief over 2.1 innings.

Doyne was then promoted to the Florida State League, appearing in six relief appearances. He posted a 1-0 mark, while allowing just three hits in nine scoreless innings of work. In those nine innings, Doyne struck out 11, while walking two. Florida State League opponents were hitting just .100 against the right-hander.

This success shouldn't come as any surprise to Cardinal fans. Doyne played for the New Jersey Cardinals last season, appearing in 30 games finishing with a 2-0 record with 12 saves and a 2.33 ERA. His strike out to walk ratio was 48/12.

Here is a Gibson-esque type stat, Doyne held opponents to a .141 batting average last season, tops in the Cards minor league system and his 12 saves ranked T-4th in the system. Cory averaged 11.2 K's per nine innings, 7th-best on the farm and a preview of things to come.

Doyne's is entering his 6th professional season, and 2nd season in the St. Louis organization. He originally was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 8th round of the June 2000 free agent draft…signed by the Padres as a free agent on June 25, 2003.

Doyne is no stranger to Cardinal baseball; he was scouted by the Cardinals when he was in high school. The local scouts kept in touch. When the Cardinals learned he was available, they made inquiries and Doyne was signed.

``The area scout asked me if I wanted to try out for them and I did twice,'' Doyne said. ``The first time I did OK. They told me to do some stuff, which I did.''

When Doyne first threw for the Cardinals scouts, he was clocked at 88 mph. The scouts wanted to see more velocity so they gave him some hints and some time to polish his delivery.

``The second time I threw for them they were impressed and signed me to a contract,'' he said.

When Doyne returned, he was consistently hitting 92 on the radar guns.

``I also dropped some weight. I lost 15 pounds,'' Doyne said. ``That was enough.''

Since, Doyne has picked up more velocity. So fast is his fastball, the Cardinals moved him from starter to closer. And Doyne seems to be flourishing.

He joins a team that has suffered 15 losses in their first 24 games and as of Monday tied for last place in the Texas League West with Wichita, the Royals' Double-A affiliate.

Keep your eyes on Doyne; he may not be done moving up. For sure he's looking for another place to stay, to call his own.

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