Listening in on the Major League Baseball Draft yesterday, Terry Doyle's anxiety grew with each choice.
Doyle had a pretty solid idea on the big league clubs most interested in him.
"Red Sox, Yankees, Blue Jays, Dodgers, they're the teams who called before the draft and showed the most interest," said Doyle, a two-time Eagle-Tribune Player of the Year at Salem High. "As the day went on, I got more nervous. Each time one of those four teams came up, I'd focus in.
"Finally, my name was called."
The junior right-handed pitcher out of Boston College went in the 21st round to the Dodgers (656th pick overall). He took a call from local scout John Koscziak shortly after the selection.
Currently, the plan for Doyle is to head back for a second summer in the Cape Cod League for Yarmouth-Dennis. That season begins Wednesday night.
"They said I would hear from the club next week on an offer," said Doyle. "Whether that is to talk about turning pro or whether they'll want to track my play and watch me on the Cape this summer, I just don't know."
Doyle heads to the Cape knowing that he could be pitching for his signing bonus right now. The offer the Dodgers make will most likely center upon how Doyle performs.
"In a sense, I've felt like a professional ballplayer since I started in college," said Doyle. "I've always felt that with the (scholarship and aid) money I've been lucky enough to get at BC, that this has been my job."
Doyle wasn't the lone local athlete to get drafted yesterday, just the first.
Haverhill's Bill Mottram, a senior at Dowling College, was taken by the Cubs in the 36th round with the 1,082nd selection in the draft.
A third baseman by trade, Mottram became the second player in Dowling history to be drafted.
"Good for Bill," said Chip Dunn, who coached Mottram at Haverhill High. "He had the ability and did the work needed to get there."
Mottram hit .391 this spring for Dowling. After signing, he'll most likely report to the Cubs' short-season summer single-A team in Boise, Idaho.
Larry Day's baseball dream lives on. The UConn senior catcher, who lives in Amesbury and played his high school ball at St. John's Prep, was selected by the New York Yankees with the 1,453rd and final pick of the 2007 draft.
Day might be a candidate for the single-A Staten Island Yankees of the New York/Penn League.