White Sox lose Doyle in Rule 5 draft

DALLAS -- The losses continued for the Chicago White Sox on the final day of the winter meetings.

White Sox pitching prospect Terry Doyle was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the major-league phase of Thursday’s Rule 5 draft. The White Sox did not select a player.

Doyle, 26, had an impressive showing this past year with a combined 3.07 ERA between Single-A and Double-A. He then went to the Arizona Fall League where he went 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA. Known more for his control than velocity, Doyle walked 33 in 173 innings this past season and five in 27 1/3 innings in the AFL.

Doyle was not protected despite the fact the White Sox had four available spots on their 40-man roster.

Players selected in the Rule 5 draft must stay on the major league club the entire season or be offered back to their original club for half of the $50,000 purchase price.

The loss of Doyle isn’t nearly as newsworthy as what happened to the White Sox earlier in the meetings. Free agent Mark Buehrle departed for the Miami Marlins while Sergio Santos was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor-league pitcher Nestor Molina.