After history was made in the first round by Adam Haseley and Pavin Smith, many thought the Cavaliers might be all done losing players to the draft for the first day. Then the Colorado Rockies stepped up to make their 2nd pick of the night at No. 70 and selected the Hoos’ Tommy Doyle.
Doyle turned in an impressive 2017 out of the bullpen for the Cavaliers saving 14 games in 23 appearances while compiling a 1.87 ERA and 3-1 record. Opponents batted just .228 against the righthander and struck out 38 in just 33.2 innings. Those stats were good enough for Third-Team All-ACC as a relief pitcher and the 14 saves were 2nd most in the ACC and 9th most in the nation.
The 6-6 righty came to Charlottesville as a highly touted prospect already having been named All-State three times in high school and the 2014 Co-Virginia State Player of the Year. Doyle was even selected by the Washington Nationals in the 35th round out of high school.
Doyle is the 2nd Cavalier in as many years to be taken in the 2nd round, joining Connor Jones who was also drafted No. 70 last year by the St. Louis Cardinals. The Hoos have had 5 players (including Doyle) drafted in the 2nd round since 2010, when Jarrett Parker went at No. 74 to the San Francisco Giants.