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Twins send Rule 5 pick Terry Doyle back to White Sox

Mar 21, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

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When the Twins selected Terry Doyle with the No. 2 pick in the Rule 5 draft it seemed like an odd choice because the 25-year-old right-hander had yet to even pitch at Triple-A and there was nothing particularly noteworthy about his track record or raw stuff.

Afterward the Twins talked about how impressed they were with his performance in the Arizona Fall League, but that consisted of just eight starts and a fluky batting average on balls in play vastly overrated how well he actually pitched.

And now after taking a longer look at Doyle in camp the Twins decided to send him back to the White Sox, recouping half of the $50,000 fee for drafting him and wasting the opportunity to select a higher-upside arm.

Doyle will begin the season at Triple-A in Chicago’s system and the Twins will hopefully learn a lesson about trusting a handful of Arizona Fall League starts for much of anything.

  1. karaterobot - Mar 21, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Word.

    • JB (the original) - Mar 21, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      +1

  2. rooney24 - Mar 22, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Although, 25K is not a lot to pay to take a chance on a guy. If he had truly turned a corner, he would have been a steal. He wasn’t, so you are out less than you pay Mauer for two innings of work.

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