Q&A with Rangers 4th Round Pick Andrew Doyle

Right-hander Andrew Doyle had a successful season at the University of Oklahoma, working as the Friday night starter and posting an 8-4 record with a 4.21 ERA. On Wednesday, he was selected by the Rangers in the fourth round of the MLB Draft. Lone Star Dugout chatted with him afterwards.

Jason Cole: What are your thoughts on getting picked by the Rangers in the fourth round today?

Andrew Doyle: I'm extremely excited. It has been a big day for my family and my friends and all the coaches that I've had. I've worked hard for this day to come, and it has finally come. I'm very excited to be a part of the Rangers organization. They treat their pitchers right, and they've got a pretty good guy teaching the pitching. I heard Nolan is down there teaching, so I'm very excited to get to work with him a little bit. I'm just ecstatic, and I'm kind of at a loss for words to tell you the truth.

Cole: This is second time you've been drafted, with the first one being out of high school. Does this feel any different than the first time?

Doyle: I think it was a little more nerve wrecking this time. As things went along, further and further, I got a little more nervous. In high school it was one of those deals where it's great to get drafted, but my signability wasn't too great out of high school. That kind of hurt me in the draft I think. But I definitely was a lot more nervous this time around. I'm glad that it's all over and I can finally call myself a Texas Ranger.

Cole: You're from Illinois, but you went to OU, which is obviously not too far from Arlington. How familiar are you with the Rangers' system and how much have you followed them?

Doyle: Just being down there, a lot of the guys on our team are Rangers fans. They talk about it every day. I know quite a bit about the Rangers as a whole. Organizational-wise, I don't know too much. I'll be talking with—I'm sure—the GM and a couple of the other guys here in the next couple of days. But my parents' advisor told me that it's a great organization to go to. They treat their guys right—especially pitching. They've got a lot of young pitching and I'd just like to get up there and help out any way I can, whether it be in a starting role or in a relieving role.

Cole: Getting picked in the fourth round, did you go about where you were expecting to be picked?

Doyle: I thought it was a little later than my expectations. But you know what, when you get expectations in the draft, you can't really stick to them. You never know what's going to happen. You never know who has done what high school-wise and stuff like that. Before the draft, I kind of threw my expectations out the window and it was just whoever takes me first, takes me first.

Cole: Who was the area scout with the Rangers that drafted you?

Doyle: Jay Eddings.

Cole: How much had you talked to him and the Rangers in general leading up to the draft? Did you think they were one of the teams that might be drafting you?

Doyle: Last year, during my sophomore year, Jay came up to me after one of my starts and had me fill out an information card. They were the first ones I kind of really talked to since I had been in college. Jay has been in contact with me here and there just to talk about signability and stuff like that. Like I said, I'm just real happy that this all worked out for both myself and the Rangers. I'm very excited.

Cole: Tell me about yourself on the mound. What pitches do you throw and what speeds do you generally work at?

Doyle: Pretty much I'm a sinker-slider guy. I've got a low three-quarter arm slot. I try to stay with a two-seam sinker as much as possible to get a lot of ground balls. I pitch at about 90-93 or 94 [mph]—around that range. I've been up to 96 this year, I believe. I have a changeup, which I believe is my second best pitch. It's a plus pitch for me. It has got a lot of depth and a lot of late action. Then, of course, my slider is my last pitch. It has kind of been a pitch that I've been trying to develop. I need to make it into an out pitch, and working with the Rangers, hopefully I'll be able to do that.

Cole: Is there a Major League pitcher that you kind of model your game after?

Doyle: It's real hard just because of my arm slot. But I'd say kind of like a Derek Lowe or somebody like that. I try to use sink to get ground balls. I'm pretty much just a ground ball pitcher. People want to sit here and say, ‘Well why aren't you striking as many guys out?' Because when you look at my stats, you're trying to say most pitchers want one strikeout per inning. I don't really have that. I'm just as happy with a ground ball as I am with a strikeout. Somebody like that. Just a sinker pitcher, I guess. I don't really know too many guys that throw like me with the low three-quarters arm slot that are in the pros. I'd say probably Derek Lowe or Kevin Brown.

Cole: How'd you feel about your season at Oklahoma, both personally and team-wise?

Doyle: Team-wise, it was the best team I've ever played on. I was pretty upset after the last game. We had a lot of fun this year. Our chemistry was just ridiculous this year. The coaches did a great job of pushing us a little bit along the way, and then the just let the reigns go and off we went. Obviously we would have liked to have gone farther in the College World Series, but it is what it is. Personally, I thought I pitched better on the road with pressure and stuff like that than I did at home. I wasn't as consistent as I was at home, but when I went on the road, I competed real well and I'm just ready to get back out there and start throwing again. I'm glad I get to do that with the Rangers.

Cole: You mentioned you wanting to get back out there. Can you talk about the chances of you signing versus going back to OU for your senior year?

Doyle: The chances are real good. Not a lot of kids get drafted in the fourth round. I'm very excited with the opportunity that's in front of me to start my professional career. My signability is very good.

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