Brenton Doyle suffers broken cheekbone
SHEPHERDSTOWN — A scary incident in which a foul ball struck recent Shepherd baseball player Brenton Doyle (now a member of the Grand Junction, Colorado professional team) has sidelined indefinitely the Pioneer League rookie.
Doyle, who was drafted in the fourth round of the recent Major League Baseball draft of amateurs, was in the Grand Junction dugout, ready to go to the on-deck circle before hitting in the bottom of the first inning. A foul ball off the bat of a Grand Junction batter hit Doyle on the left side of his face and fractured a cheekbone.
Considerable swelling followed the incident and Doyle could require surgery once he can be further evaluated when the swelling subsides.
The incident occurred on June 28 as the second game of a Pioneer League doubleheader was just getting underway.
After signing his professional contract with Colorado, Doyle was sent to Grand Junction to begin his professional baseball career.
In his limited action with the Rockies in the rookie league, Doyle had 40 official at-bats, was hitting .325 and had three home runs and nine RBIs. He had already scored 12 runs.
While at Shepherd for three seasons, Doyle has been twice selected as the Mountain East Conference Player of the Year.
As a sophomore in 2018, Doyle batted .415 and in 2019 he finished with a .392 batting average.
Shepherd finished first in the MEC North Division in all three of Doyle’s seasons and went to the NCAA Division II postseason in both 2017 and 2018.
He was the first player from the NCAA Division II ranks to be selected in the Major League Baseball draft. As a fourth round selection, Doyle became Shepherd’s highest selection in the school’s baseball history. Previously, first baseman Nathan Minnich had been an eighth round selectee of the Boston Red Sox.
Before returning to the field, Doyle could be sent to extended spring training by Colorado. His return will depend somewhat on whether the fractured cheekbone requires surgery. Any surgery would extend the recovery time spent away from baseball activities.