May 28, 2011; Durham, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels second baseman Tommy Coyle (1) is congratulated by teammates after scoring in their game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on the fourth day of the 2011 ACC Baseball Tournament at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-US PRESSWIRE
Tommy Coyle: Don’t give up quite yet
As a 16th round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, Coyle faced long odds to make the big leagues from the start. After he hit to just a .249/.331/.345 line at High-A Charlotte in 2014, it looked like his fate was sealed. However, then Coyle headed to the Australian Baseball League and has put on quite a show.
Coyle has hit to a .333/.408/.567 line with 14 doubles, 8 homers, 22 RBI, and 11 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances. Those eight homers are three more than he hit in 525 plate appearances during the regular season, and he is also one double ahead of his Stone Crabs total. Coyle has never been able to hit the ball with enough authority, but this could be a sign that he is changing that reputation.
Coyle is still far from being among the Rays’ top prospects, but he will receive playing time at Double-A Montgomery in 2015 and receive a chance to continue moving up the ranks. His numbers in Australia have certainly attracted the Rays’ attention, and now he will hope to keep it.