Former Salem High star pitcher Terry Doyle’s family always has wanted to see him in a Red Sox uniform.
So the Doyles certainly were excited when Boston recently offered the right-hander a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
“My grandmother, when I told her the Red Sox gave me a contract offer, she started crying because she’s finally going to be able to see me play as opposed to having me go (far away),” said Doyle, who was The Eagle-Tribune baseball MVP in 2003 and 2004.
The 27-year-old Doyle appeared in 90 games, including making 77 starts in the Chicago White Sox system after Chicago drafted him in the 37th round out of Boston College in 2008. He posted a 33-27 record and 2.94 ERA from ‘08 until this past June when he left the White Sox system to pitch with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks of the Japan Pacific League (1-1, 3.55 ERA, 7 Ks, 12.2 innings).
Once the season was finished, his Japanese club declined his team option for next year. He returned to the States near in October and received interest from multiple major league clubs, including the Red Sox and White Sox.
“Growing up a New England kid, the Red Sox were the No. 1 team and now I’m getting the opportunity to play for them,” he said. “I’m looking forward to going to spring training and earning a spot on the team somewhere.”
Doyle and the Red Sox have not yet talked about whether he will be used as a starter or reliever.
“When my agent was talking to teams about getting me a job, the Red Sox said, ‘Look, we don’t know about starter, bullpen, major leagues, Triple-A, Double-A,’” Doyle said. “But I’m hoping to start out the year in Pawtucket as a starter and hopefully pitch well enough to earn a shot to get some innings in Boston as well.