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Sean Coyle (baseball)

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Sean Coyle
Boston Red Sox – No. 80
Second baseman / Third baseman
Born: (1992-01-17) January 17, 1992 (age 28)
Chalfont, Pennsylvania
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Sean Coyle (born January 17, 1992) is a second baseman and third baseman who plays in the Boston Red Sox Minor League system. Listed at 5' 8" (1.70 m), 175 lb. (79 k), Coyle bats and throws right handed. He was born in Chalfont, Pennsylvania.[1]

The Red Sox selected Coyle in the third round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, signing him for a bonus of $1,300,000.[1] He was added to the 40-man roster in November 2014.[2]

Coyle hit a .562 batting average with 55 runs batted in and belted a school-record 13 home runs as a senior at Germantown, to claim 2009-2010 Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year honors and a selection to the 2010 Baseball America All-America High School First Team.[1] Previously, he had batted .296 in eight games for USA Baseball's 18-and-under team at the 2009 Pan American Junior Championships (COPABE) held in Barquisimeto, Venezuela.[3][4]

He then played from 2010 through 2013 for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, Greenville Drive and Salem Red Sox, before joining the Portland Sea Dogs in 2014.[5]

Coyle was named the Red Sox's No. 17 prospect by MLB.com entering the 2012 season, after leading Class-A Greenville and sharing the lead among Red Sox minor leaguers with seven triples in 2011. He also topped Greenville in walks (60), while ranking second both in doubles (27) and runs (77) as well as third in RBI (64) and stolen bases (14).

Besides, Coyle collected a career-high seven RBI in Greenville's season finale against the Hickory Crawdads on September 5, 2011 and was named a MiLB Organizational All-Star in that season, repeating that honor in 2012.[4]

In 2013, Coyle was a member of the Salem champion team and was named the Carolina League Championship Series MVP after hitting two two-run doubles for a total of seven RBI in the three-game series. Unfortunately he did not play in the Division Series due to an injury.[1]

Coyle was added to the US roster for the 2014 All-Star Futures Game.[6] He was named as a replacement for Mookie Betts, who was no longer eligible after his promotion to the Boston Red Sox. The announcement highlighted a resurgence for Coyle, who appeared in only 60 games in an injury-plagued 2013 season. Along with missing time with injuries to his thumb, knee, and elbow, he hit only .241 while repeating the Carolina League.[1]

After a solid start in 2014 with Double-A Portland, Coyle then missed four weeks with a hamstring injury. Nevertheless, he was dominant since his activation in May, and excelled in June. In one particularly impressive stretch, he went 8-for-15 (.533) with five walks, four extra-base hits, and 11 RBI in a four-game series against the Reading Fightin Phils, winning a Player of the Week distinction (June 23-29). The month was capped when he posted a slash line of .348/.450/.652 with an organization-leading six home runs to earn Player of the Month honors, as well as his Futures Games and Eastern League All-Star Game selections on the same day.[1] He hit .295/.371/.512 in 384 plate appearances this season, driving in 61 runs and scoring 60 times, while mashing 16 homers and stealing 13 bases.[1]

Coyle is one of the more interesting prospects in the Red Sox's system. Because he is a 5-foot-8 second baseman, Coyle inevitably draws comparisons to Dustin Pedroia. While he has an aggressive approach and generates surprising power for his size, Coyle does not make contact as consistently as Pedroia. Nevertheless, Coyle is faster and is an adept basestealer who succeeded on 88 percent of his first 69 professional attempts.[1] He has credited much of his success to the influence of former Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman, who served as his hitting instructor at Salem and currently coaches him at Portland.[7]

Coyle played for the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League in November 2014.[8] He currently ranks 14th in the MLB.com Top 20 Boston Red Sox Prospects list.[9] He is slated to open 2015 at Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox.[10]

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