HT: 6-2 WT: 240 POS: RP
Norfolk Tides (42 G, 0 GS, 44.1 ip, 2.23 ERA, 49 K, 16 BB, 0 HR, 1.02 GO/AO)
It's been a long road for the 26 year old right-hander, but Cory Doyne is finally on the verge of breaking through to the major leagues. He had a near-historic season with the triple-A Norfolk Tides; he set the franchise saves record, was named to the International League All-Star squad and the Topps' triple-A All-Star team, and he was named minorleaguebaseball.com's top reliever in triple-A baseball. And, oh yeah, he made his major league debut.
When you see a pitcher in his mid-20's putting up the gaudy stats that Doyne has in the minor leagues, it is natural to assume he is a trick pitcher or is getting by on deception. After all, why else would he still be in the minor leagues? In Doyne's case, however, he has a legitimate major league arm. The Orioles just wanted to make sure that Doyne's progression with his command was for real.
Doyne's best pitch is a low-90's fastball that plays up in relief. It has boring action on right-handers, though he was equally effective against lefties. He also throw a solid slider that he uses to induce groundballs in certain situations.
Doyne was taken off the 40-man roster by the Orioles during some player shuffling at the beginning of the off-season. Fortunately, the Orioles were able to re-sign him on a minor league deal. Nevertheless, Doyne is ready for a clean shot at a major league role. Given that the Orioles look like they will have plenty of spots in the bullpen available, Doyne's decision to return was a wise one. His ultimate ceiling is as a right-handed 7th inning set-up man. He doesn't need to be hidden from lefties, but hasn't handled too many appearances over an inning in the past few years.
Michael Hollman is the Senior Writer for Inside The Warehouse and can be reached via e-mail at Publisher@InsideTheWarehouse.com