Doyne signed on with the Cardinals last June and converted to relief. He figured it out quickly, saving 12 games in 30 appearances for the New Jersey Cardinals in 2004, registering a 2.33 ERA, with a 48 to 12 strikeout to walk ratio.
This season, Doyne played at three levels, Quad Cities, Palm Beach and Springfield. He spent a majority of his time at the Double-A level, saving 19 games in 48 appearances. Doyne posted a tidy 1.95 ERA, fanning 53 in 55-1/3 innings. However, he also walked 36.
In Arizona this fall, Cardinals Director of Player Personnel Bruce Manno said he wanted Doyne to work on his command, throwing his breaking ball for strikes and just getting more repetition in as a closer. Doyne had a very rough AFL start, allowing runs in each of his first nine appearances. Since then, he has pitched much better, though his season ERA is still sitting at 8.25. He has struck out eight, but walked ten in 12 innings to-date.
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