The 6' 4", 205 pounder began his professional career in 2003 where he went 1-3 with a 3.51 ERA in seven starts for short-season New Jersey. The 2004 season was pretty much a loss as Dove battled an injured right ankle that eventually required surgery. As a result, he was limited to only nine starts between New Jersey and Low-A Peoria.
Dove split the 2005 season between low Class A Quad Cities and high Class A Palm Beach. With the Swing, Dove went 7-5 with a 3.88 ERA in 18 starts, striking out 72 and walking 30 in 102 innings. He then posted a 4.85 ERA in eight starts in the Florida State League. He cracked the organization top ten list in wins (12) and innings (144-2/3) and was the system's June, 2005 Pitcher of the Month.
In 2006, Dove returned to Palm Beach, and converted to relief. He did a fine job, posting a 2.81 ERA while striking out 56 and walking just 13 in 51-1/3 innings. That led to a promotion to Springfield, where the going was a lot tougher. Dove was winged for 14 runs in 14-1/3 Double-A innings, fanning 15, but walking eight.
Now 25, Dove was asked to participate in the Arizona Fall League, where he allowed just two runs in 9-1/3 innings and held opponents to a collective .129 batting average. However, he last pitched on Halloween due to an unconfirmed report of forearm tightness.
In this exclusive interview, the soft-spoken Dove answered questions about his 2006 regular season, his AFL campaign and hopes for 2007.
Return back here for the final exclusive interview of this nine-part series with fellow prospect and AFL player Mike Parisi.
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