Baseball's Doyle One of Three Finalists at Johnny Bench Award Banquet
WICHITA, Kan. – Coastal Carolina University catcher Dock Doyle (Conway, S.C./Conway) was one of the three finalists for the 2008 Johnny Bench Award, given tonight in Wichita, Kan. While Florida State’s Buster Posey won the award, Doyle had a great two days, participating in events around the city and meeting a Hall of Fame catcher.
Doyle threw out the first pitch in the Midwest Showcase Baseball Tournament Thursday in Wichita, with Bench as the catcher. Doyle, along with Posey and Stanford’s Jason Castro, were the three finalists for the award, given out June 27 at the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission banquet. Doyle was joined by his parents and Coastal head coach Gary Gilmore at the event.
Doyle, the 2008 Big South Player of the Year, led the team with a .370 batting average and added 22 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs and 72 RBI for the Chanticleers. He was named to the All-Atlantic Region Second Team, was on the All-Conway Regional and All-Big South Tournament Teams and was a Second Team Louisville Slugger All-American and an All-Ping! Baseball Second Team selection. Doyle was 5-for-14 with six runs scored, two doubles and seven RBI in the regional and had two hits and two RBI in the 24-11 win over East Carolina June 1. Doyle was a two-time Big South Player of the Week and was ranked the third-best catcher in the country by Rivals.com. On the year, Doyle committed just three passed balls, threw out 13 runners trying to steal and picked off seven more on base. In the Big South, he hit .342 with seven home runs. Doyle recently was a fifth-round draft pick by the New York Mets in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Check GoCCUSports.com for more photos of the Johnny Bench Award banquet in the next couple of days.