Dock Doyle was selected in the fifth round of last June's draft on the promise of his skills both at…
Q&A with Mets 5th Round Pick Charlie Doyle
Charlie Doyle: It was a little unbelievable to be honest with you. I didn't really expect to go in the fifth round, in the top five rounds. But hey, they took me and they must see something in me. I was ecstatic, I was so excited.
Inside Pitch: Where did you expect to go?
Doyle: Well, actually I had a dream last night that I went in the fourth round, so that was kind of crazy. My intentions were probably in seven eight nine, somewhere early [Friday].
Inside Pitch: Were you surprised it was the Mets that selected you? Did you and the Mets have any discussions leading up to the draft?
Doyle: I was just telling my buddy about four or five weeks ago, probably a little longer than that, the Mets didn't really have much interest me. They came to a game and obviously saw something and got hot on me, so yeah, actually, I was a little surprised it was the Mets.
But I told a couple guys earlier on the bus when it was like halfway through the second round, I either want to go to the Braves or the Mets. We're walking to the dinner tonight and the braves picked a catcher, and I was like 'Well, you can mark the Braves off my list cause I want to be the first catcher to go to a team. Then the Mets took me, it was exciting.
Inside Pitch: You've had a lot of success this season. What type of player are you?
Doyle: This is actually my first year playing every day, and I feel like that helped me out a lot, seeing pitching every day. My year actually just kind of blew my mind too—I would have never thought I would've had 16 home runs and lead the team in RBI's.But hey, you know what, sometimes you get a hot stick and you don't lose it. I couldn't have had a better year to have a good year, you know what I mean?
Inside Pitch: What are the strongest areas of your game? What areas do will focus on improving when your season begins?
Doyle: When I came to college, I was a decent catcher, nothing special: strong arm, short and quick. I've always been a decent receiver, but blocking was definitely one of my weaker parts. And I feel like that's just gotten a lot better. As far as hitting, definitely inner-half, knowing how to pull an inner-half pitch.
Inside Pitch: You're about to enter the Super Regionals. Talk about the team's success.
Doyle: This team works hard, we play together, there's no "I" guys on the field. If you're a scout or you're a fan watching us play, there's no one guy that stands out. Our top seven guys are hitting above .340—that's hard to do, that's real hard to do. Our pitching staff just goes out everyday and they just give us quality innings every day. We got a great draw at Regionals which helped out a lot too, and both teams we faced, East Carolina and Alabama, we're tough teams to beat and we were successful.
Inside Pitch: Has the NCAA Tournament helped to expose you to professional scouts?
Doyle: In a way yeah, but in a way no. Because at every game we'll have at least three scouts in the stands, sometimes we'll have up to 15 maybe. Depends on who we're playing, where we're playing. At Georgia Tech saturday we had about 15 scouts. I mean, it could help, the regional helped out a little bit, but by the end the scouts see what they need to see.
Inside Pitch: Who were your favorite team and player growing up?
Doyle: I don't really know, I'd have to think about that question. To be honest with you I don't really watch much Major League Baseball. I'm out here from Myrtle Beach, grew up in Conway, and I grew up a huge Braves fan. Ever since Chipper Jones has been in the organization I've been a huge Chipper Jones fan because I love his left-handed swing.
Inside Pitch: And now you'll have to play against Atlanta.
Doyle: Hey, it's whatever, my pops was a huge Mets fan when I was a little kid, so I'm cool with being a Met, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Inside Pitch: Now New York is known for its high intensity atmosphere? What do you think about the prospects of one day playing in New York?
Doyle: I would just have to find a way to do it, and I've actually never been to New York City. Actually I just talked to the scout earlier, he told me I'm not sure where you're going to be at. They got the Low-A team that's in Brooklyn I believe. I'm pretty excited just to see where I go and eventually one day hopefully get to NYC and experience what that city's like.
Inside Pitch: What are your immediate plans now that you have drafted by the Mets? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?
Doyle: Oh yeah, definitely.
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