BRENTON Edward DOYLE
Nickname:   N/A Position:   OF
Home: N/A Team:   ROCKIES
Height: 6' 3" Bats:   R
Weight: 200 Throws:   R
DOB: 5/14/1998 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: 9  
Birth City: Warrenton, VA
Draft: Rockies #4 - 2019 - Out of Shepherd Univ. (WV)
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2019 PIO GRAND JUNCTION   51 180 42 69 11 3 8 33 17 3 31 47 .477 .611 .383
2021 HAW SPOKANE   97 390 70 109 16 2 16 47 21 6 30 134 .336 .454 .279
2022 PCL ALBUQUERQUE   9 36 8 14 1 2 3 9 0 0 5 13 .463 .778 .389
2022 EL HARTFORD   123 471 74 116 21 3 23 68 23 3 23 157 .287 .450 .246
2023 PCL ALBUQUERQUE   12 49 12 15 1 0 5 8 1 0 8 19 .404 .633 .306
2023 NL ROCKIES   126 399 48 81 16 5 10 48 22 5 22 151 .250 .343 .203
Personal
  • Doyle's strong junior year at Division II Shepherd (Shepherdstown, West Virginia), combined with a solid summer league season, put him squarely on draft boards. And the Rockies snatched him up in the 4th round of the 2019 Draft; he signed with scout Ed Santa.

    At Shepherd, Brenton was two-time Mountain East Conference Player of the Year and finished his career with a .383/.438/.647 slash line.

    "This is how I sort of explained it,” Rockies' farm director Zach Wilson said. "If he went to a school that people had heard of, for me he would’ve been a first-rounder. That’s the type of tools he has.”

  • June 2019: The Rockies drafted Doyle in the 4th round, out of Division II Shepherd University in West Virginia. Doyle signed for an above-slot $500,000.

    He immediately won the rookie-level Pioneer League batting title with a 185 wRC+, showing substance in support of his gaudy college stats (.380/.438/.647 with 90 extra-base hits in 699 plate appearances).

  • 2019 Season: Doyle showed no signs of being intimidated by professional pitching when he joined the organization’s rookie affiliate in the Pioneer League. He hit .383/477/611 with eight home runs in 215 plate appearances. He added 17 stolen bases and was caught stealing only three times. Doyle showed excellent plate discipline with a 14 percent walk rate. His strikeout rate did jump from 12 percent in college to 21 percent in the Pioneer League but that is perfectly fine. He transitioned from DII pitching to some of the best he’d faced to that point in his career.

  • In 2020, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Doyle as the 17th-best prospect in the Rockies' organization in the spring of 2020. He moved up to #8 in the spring of 2021, and was at #7 a year later, early in 2022, but he fell to #21 in the spring of 2023.

  • 2020 Season: Not being able to play allowed Doyle time to focus on a swing refinement that he is still employing today.

    “When I first got into pro ball, I had my college swing, which was a very wide, low to the ground stance,” Doyle explained. “When I got hit in the face and I wasn’t able to play, I had a lot of time to reflect and slow the game down. I had really nothing better to do because I literally couldn’t do anything besides walk around, so I used that time to really talk with my coaches and see how I could make my swing more efficient and more appropriate for my build.

    “As soon as I was able to get back to swinging on the tee, I started just experimenting with a bunch of stuff and then we found something that works. I’ve been using it ever since and it’s been a huge confidence boost for me.”

    That confidence carried over to the instructional league in the fall, where Doyle impressed. (Kevin Henry - Jan. 19, 2021)

  • 2021 Season: .279/.336/.454, 110 wRC+, 7.1 BB%, 31.6 K%, 16 HR, 21 SB

    Coming to the Rockies via Division II school Shepherd University, Doyle has done nothing but prove he’s been slept on his entire baseball career since entering the pro ranks. While Doyle wasn’t quite as electric this year as he was in his 2019 Pioneer League conquest, he has proven to be a well-above-average pro player.

    A strikeout rate over 30 percent isn’t ideal but the 6-foot-3 outfielder makes up for it with plus speed, defense, and power. Not to mention, he’s still a quality overall hitter, indicated by his .336 OBP this year.  (Tyler Paddor - Oct. 30, 2021)

  • Feb 10, 2022: Rockies most athletic prospect - Brenton Doyle, OF (No. 7)

    After creating quite the buzz during his pro debut in 2019 after being taken in the fourth round out of Division II Shepherd University in West Virginia, Doyle’s approach did regress with the jump to High-A in 2021. Even so, he showed off his power-speed combination with 16 homers and 21 steals while showing off an arm strong enough for right and the wheels to play center. (Mayo, Callis, Dykstra - MLB.com - Feb 10, 2022)

  • March 6, 2022: Baseball has a way of finding talent. In more than a few ways, it found Rockies outfield prospect Brenton Doyle. Doyle, 23, embodies the classic nowhere-to-prospect story. The Rockies found him at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W. Va., and drafted him in the fourth round in 2019. It’s not often players from lesser-known colleges are drafted so high, and it’s even more rare that they score high on the five traditional tools (hitting, power, speed, arm proficiency and fielding).

    “You don’t see many guys where I went to college get drafted, especially where I got drafted,” said Doyle, the Rockies' No. 7 prospect per MLB Pipeline. “But I like being that inspirational role model. You don’t have to go D-I to get found.”

    In 148 games over two Minor League seasons — 51 at Rookie-level Grand Junction in 2019, and 97 at High-A Spokane last year — Doyle has slashed .312/.383/.504 with 24 home runs and 38 stolen bases. Doyle also earned a Minor League Rawlings Gold Glove Award and Rockies organization All-Star status in '21.

    Both seasons were interrupted. In ’19 when he missed 3 1/2 weeks after being hit in the face with a foul ball while standing in the on-deck circle; and in ’21 for a delightful cross-country trek for the birth of the first child for him and his fiancée, ShelbyRose Harris, a daughter named Braelynn. In between was a pandemic-erased ’20 season.

    Now comes a clear chance for Rockies coaches and decision-makers to see more than Doyle’s impressive numbers on the stat sheet and in the roster columns of height (6-foot-3) and weight (200 pounds). Doyle and the rest of Colorado's Minor Leaguers began their Spring Training at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

  • But why did the Rockies have to dig for a diamond such as Doyle?

    Until his junior year at Kettle Run High School in Fauquier County, Va., Doyle dreamed of a career in the military. At that point, he committed to Virginia Military Institute. The nation’s oldest state-supported military college, VMI requires all cadets to take an ROTC program, with the Department of Defense maintaining the Army, Navy and Air Force. A VMI education often leads to a military career.

    But baseball found its way into Doyle’s soul and tapped into his talent during his junior and senior years of high school. Suddenly, he heard a different calling and marched toward it. “I developed into a really, really good baseball player, and I was like, ‘Maybe I have a chance of making this my career,’” Doyle said. “VMI was awesome to me, but I didn’t think I could focus on baseball as I’d have liked, having to focus on ROTC.”

    The tradeoff, however, was risky. VMI plays in the Division I Southern Conference. By the time Doyle de-committed, finding a place to play was a scramble. But teammates helped him land at Shepherd, which is tucked into West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, not far from his Washington, D.C.-area home.

    Doyle showed his outsized tools in the Coastal Plain League, where former Rockies Minor Leaguer and current scout Jordan Czarnecki spotted him and dialed up Ed Santa, a Rox area scouting supervisor.

    “He called me up and said, ‘Eddie, you’re going to think I’m crazy, but I’ve got a kid from Shepherd University in West Virginia: Do you know where it is?’” Santa said. “I said, ‘Yeah.' I’d been there once, but I’d been there. He said, ‘They’ve got a player, beautiful body, good tools, did great at the All-Star Game, ran the 60 in 6.4 [seconds], hit the ball out of sight in batting practice.’”

    Jay Matthews, who scouts in the Carolinas, backed Czarnecki’s assessment. Santa, whose scouting report on Derek Jeter famously beat the Yankees' captain to the Hall, laid eyes on Doyle during his junior year and recommended the Rockies take him in an early round. For a brief period in college, Doyle considered making himself easier to find.

    “My sophomore year at Shepherd, I wasn’t Draft-eligible, but I got quite a bit of attention,” Doyle said. “Scouts were coming to my practices. I was debating, do I want to stick at Division II? Am I even able to get drafted out of here? Do I want to enter the transfer portal, try to get to a D-I?

    “But I’m glad I stayed at Shepherd. I got a lot of attention my sophomore year, and my junior year, the attention doubled. There wasn’t a practice or day I didn’t meet with a scout or have a scout at my practice.”

    Early in proving his mettle at the pro level at Grand Junction, Doyle had a setback that ended up propelling him.

    Doyle had ordered a batting helmet with a C-Flap, a plastic guard that protects the face. It didn’t arrive. It was then unfortunate when the ball found him. A lined foul ball crashed into his face, where the helmet would have protected.

    During his absence from the lineup, Doyle talked his hitting coach’s ear off about adjustments he could make and decided to have a more upright stance. His swing returned better than before. He finished his 51-game season batting .383 with a 1.088 OPS.

    The production continued last year. After taking time off in late July and early August for Braelynn’s birth, the new mom created Twitter cuteness overloads with baby pictures for each of the new dad’s home runs. “Dad strength -- everyone says it, and it’s a real thing,” Doyle said. Doyle also offers hope to players away from the big time with outsized talent.

    “If I could go back, I would do the same thing,” Doyle said. “I like being where I’m at now.” (T Harding - MLB.com - March 6, 2022)

  • 2022 Season: Doyle, 24, played at Hartford and Albuquerque and finished with a combined slash line of .256/.300/.473, with 82 runs scored, 22 doubles, five triples, 26 home runs, 77 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. He earned a Minor League Gold Glove Award for his outfield defense.  (Thomas Harding - Nov. 15, 2022)

  • Doyle, the Rockies’ No. 22 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, refused to let himself be jabbed by the double edge of being identified as a toolsy player. That often happens to players with size (6-foot-3 in Doyle’s case), speed, and power. Doyle, 24, has had eyes on him because players with his measurables don’t often come in the fourth round out of Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W. Va. Until players like him put it together, the questions they get are two “W's” and an “N.” When? Why not?

    Doyle overcame the questions and a slow early start to play his way into Major League consideration by the end of the season. He finished with a combined .256 batting average, 26 home runs and 77 RBIs in 132 games — 123 games at Double-A Hartford and 9 games at Triple-A Albuquerque.

    In 41 Triple-A plate appearances, Doyle whetted appetites with a .389/.463/.778 slash line. “The organization always talked about how tough the Eastern League is, and that’s a true man’s league -- it has teeth,” said Doyle, who was placed on the Rockies’ 40-man Major League roster last week and is clearly on their radar.

    “I was able to prove a lot of people wrong. A lot of people have faith in me now.”

    It didn’t look that way when Doyle was hitting .215 with 80 strikeouts after his first 58 games. But through those struggles, Doyle still had seven home runs. He believed that once he found the right adjustments, his ability would shine.

    “Darin Everson, our hitting coordinator, came into Hartford,” Doyle said. “I was playing pretty well -- getting by, putting up some numbers, but not exactly the numbers I wanted to put up. At a practice before one of the first games of the series, he wanted me to try a little swing adjustment with my hand positioning . . . instead of up near my head, [having my hands] down toward my torso. It helped a lot of movements up.”

    The pitches Doyle had been swinging beneath, he began to barrel, and he hit his way out of Double-A.

    The right-handed-hitting Doyle’s performance put him in line for a long look in Spring Training, even though the expectation is he will begin the year at Albuquerque.

    But he is part of a wave of outfielders that is figuring into general manager Bill Schmidt’s offseason strategy. The team could use a proven outfielder, preferably a lefty hitter who plays center field. Free agent Brandon Nimmo fits the bill, but it remains to be seen whether he will be in the Rockies’ price range. And the recent non-tender of Cody Bellinger introduced a unique and intriguing option to the mix.

    How close is Doyle? The Rockies will be patient, but they like what they see.

    “From the moment I laid eyes on Brenton, I saw a tooled-up, good athlete,” Schmidt said. “The bat still has some work to do as far as understanding the strike zone and getting the on-base percentage up there. He did play well the last two weeks after we sent him to Albuquerque. When it comes to tools, you won’t find many players like him. If he hits, we could have a pretty impactful player.” (T Harding - MLB.com - Nov 22, 2022)

  • Nov 5, 2023: -- Rockies rookie Brenton Doyle says he’s not much on statistics. But in 2023, whether the measure was taken by advanced statistics, Statcast readings or merely gauging the width of his smile after bigger plays, Doyle’s performance was deserving of the National League Gold Glove Award for center fielders .Doyle, 25, was one of two rookie winners (along with Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe) for this year’s coveted fielding award, which was created in 1957. (T Harding - MLB.com - Nov 5, 2023)

  • 2023 Season: It was April 24, 2023. The Rockies were already struggling with a 6-17 record. Kris Bryant, Yonathan Daza and Randal Grichuk were all injured, leaving the Rockies outfield utterly depleted.

    So, the organization called up a 24-year-old outfielder with a cannon for an arm, a 2022 minor-league Gold Glove, and speed. The 2019 fourth-round draft pick had zipped through the farm system, playing most of 2022 in Double-A Hartford before playing the final nine games in Triple-A Albuquerque. 12 games into his 2023 season with the Isotopes, he was batting .306/.404./.633 with five home runs and eight RBI.

    Who would have known that when Brenton Doyle was slotted into the April 24 lineup to face the Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field, he would go on to have one of the best defensive seasons in the outfield in Rockies history — and that’s saying a lot for an outfield where guys like Larry Walker and Carlos González once roamed.

    Before making his MLB debut, Rockies manager Bud Black told the Denver Post’s Patrick Saunders, “He’s potentially a player who can do some really good things. He’s got that skill set.”

    As it turns out, one of those really good things was putting up ridiculous defensive stats on his way to winning the National League Gold Glove for center field in his rookie campaign. Only one Rockie before him had ever won a Gold Glove as a rookie, and his name is Nolan Arenado — a guy who went on to win nine more consecutive Gold Gloves before snapping his streak in 2023.

    Dominating the Statcast leaderboards, Doyle finished first in Fielding Run Value (20) and Ultimate Zone Rating (24.5), he was first among center fielders in outs above average (15, tied for eighth overall) and runs prevented (14, tied for second overall), second in Fielder Runs (7, behind only Nolan Jones’s 8), and sixth in Overall Arm Strength (96.1, once again behind MLB-leading Jones). His 373 putouts and 10 assists were the most in MLB in center field, he helped turn three double plays, and he registered a .997 fielding percentage after only committing one error in 348 attempts.

    His diving catches made highlight reels, as did his laser throws to gun down runners who didn’t know him yet. Some would-be runs learned their lessons and didn’t dream of running on him. Doyle also wasted little time carving his name into the Rockies record books as his 19 defensive runs saved was 13 more than the previous record (Tyler Colvin in 2012).

    Instead of being intimidated by the vastness of the outfield at Coors Field, Doyle turned covering all that ground into an advantage. As Doyle told Purple Row’s Renee Dechert, “I love having Coors as our home field because it definitely betters my skillset … Just having Coors the size [it is] and the gaps, it makes a lot of fields seem tiny.”

    If Purple Row’s Ranking the Rockies just went off defensive stats, Doyle would be in the top three of the Rockies roster. However, going by rWar, Doyle comes in at No. 11 with 0.9 because of his struggles at the plate.

    While he tended to strikeout lots in his minor league career, he finished his three-plus seasons batting .287/.347/.496 with 55 homers, 50 doubles, 10 triples, 206 runs, 62 stolen bases, 97 walks, and 371 strikeouts in 1,126 at-bats. His transition to MLB at the plate didn’t go as well as it did in the field. In 399 at-bats in 126 games with the Rockies, he hit .203/.250/.343 with 48 runs scored, 16 doubles, 10 homers, five triples, 48 RBI, 22 walks, 22 stolen bases, and 151 strikeouts.

    He did make some adjustments toward the end of the season that reduced his strikeouts and increased his hits. There are plenty of reasons to believe Doyle can and will improve at the plate in 2024 and beyond.

    Until then, we can revel in his 2023 highlight reel from center field.

    Like this from playing at legendary Fenway Park. (Joelle Milholm@JoelleMilholm  Nov 29, 2023)

Batting
  • Doyle has above-average power at the plate, giving him the potential to be a dynamic power-speed threat. Doyle does swing and miss at times and will have to answer questions about his contact skills against upper-level pitching, but so far he has kept his strikeout numbers manageable. He has a 45 grade Hit tool, and impressive 60 grade Power.

    Doyle is a tooled-up athlete who has a variety of skills that buoy his profile. While he’s a below-average hitter with a poor approach, Doyle displays above-average raw power and speed, making for an exciting, but far too often frustrating player. Doyle’s bat-to-ball skills are below-average, with his overzealous approach further complicating matters. His inability to differentiate balls from strikeson the shadow of the zone was exploited by upper-level competition in 2022. While his raw power isabove-average, his ability to consistently get to it is in question due to his poor swing decisions.  (Geoff Pontes - BAPH - Spring, 2023)

  • Doyle’s premium athleticism and conditioning were still on full display in 2021, despite the inconsistency of his results. With an upright stance that helps him leverage the ball more, he’s still learning to tap into his plus raw power on a regular basis. He gets over-aggressive at the plate and expands the zone too much, rarely drawing walks (7.1 percent rate in 2021). That, in turn, led to a spike in his strikeout rate (31.6 pct), and while there’s work to be done to find a sustainable approach, it should be noted he was much more productive after he returned from home and the pressure of impending fatherhood was lifted. (Spring 2022)

  • Brenton stands out foremost for his impactful raw tools. He’s physically strong with borderline plus-plus raw power, has above-average speed in the outfield and on the bases and has above-average arm strength.

    There are red flags in Doyle’s offensive approach, however. His grooved, muscular swing and poor strike zone discipline resulted in a 32% strikeout rate at Spokane. He needs to improve his pitch recognition, and he is still working to settle into a more upright stance he adopted since being drafted. Even so, he still had nearly a 20-20 season as Spokane, hinting at his immense potential if he can make adjustments. (Kyle Newman - BA Prospect Handbook - Spring, 2022)

  • Doyle stands out for his athleticism, his premium conditioning and his very loud tools. He certainly looks the part and in terms of his frame and strength, looked like a big leaguer on a rehab assignment during instructs the last two years. Big and spread out in the box in college, Doyle is now more upright, allowing him to use his legs better and leverage the ball more frequently. Having more time to see the pitch and make decisions has also helped his pitch recognition, giving him a better chance to get to his plus raw power consistently. (Spring 2021)

  • A tweak Doyle made in 2019— he stood up taller in his stance—granted him more leverage for power and helped him see the ball longer to avoid chasing out of the zone as frequently. Joe Healy - Baseball America Prospect - Spring, 2021)

  • Brenton exhibits an intriguing power-speed combination. He has lots of bat speed, but he gets long to contact and has swing-and-miss tendencies he needs to improve. And in 2019, he raised his stance at the Rockies' suggestion, and that allowed Brenton to produce better leverage. It also gave him a longer look at pitches.

    Brenton gets 50-or-better grades for his tools all across the board.

    Doyle is 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds with impressive raw power. But early on, the righthanded batter wasn’t taking advantage of the leverage his height creates. He was spread out and slightly crouched.

    "So we stood him up taller,” Rockies farm director Zach Wilson said, "which allowed him to see the ball a little longer and really allowed him to use his lower half and then create leverage with his arms, the lankiness of his arms.”

    Seeing the ball better enhanced Doyle’s pitch recognition and helped him lay off breaking pitches in the dirt. Doyle showed the ability to hit balls hard to right-center field and to shorten up with two strikes and make hard contact. (Jack Etkin - Baseball America - Feb., 2020)

  • Brenton learned to adjust to stay relaxed in the box with a more controlled, easy swing. He needs to lower his swing-and-miss rate of 30.4 percent in 2019, and a particular vulnerability against sliders from righthanders.


  • Feb 19, 2024: Rockies center fielder Brenton Doyle won a Gold Glove Award last year as a rookie, but a swing that produced a .203 batting average with 35 percent strikeout rate needed help.But Doyle adopted a new method to address his swing late last season, when he turned to medicine.

    Well, a medicine ball
    .

    Doyle struggled with the position of his hands when his swing began
    . No matter how high or low he carried them, he would drop them at the start of his swing. Notice the quick drop of the hands, from shoulder level to just below the letters of his jersey, before he swings at a third strike from the Blue Jays’ Yusei Kikuchi on Sept. 2, at Coors Field.
     
     
    So he went to an exercise where he wedged a medicine ball between his hands, his bat, his right shoulder and his head and neck
    . He would practice just the initial part of the swing. If doing things right, the ball stayed put, which meant the bat barrel was on the right path and, more importantly, his hands and head weren’t moving. It’s difficult to hit a pitch when the object the player swings and point of vision change unnecessarily.

    “The medicine ball creates connection -- a physical object to know where your barrel is, exactly,” said Doyle, who was promoted from Triple-A Albuquerque on April 24
    . “Sometimes, you think your barrel is somewhere, and you look on video and it’s not right. But in the exercise, if you get disconnected anywhere from Point A [the start-up] to Point B [when the barrel is ready to move forward], the medicine ball will fall out early.
     
     
    He continued the work through the offseason
    . Hitting coach Hensley Meulens, Doyle and his winter hitting instructor, Kevin Lachance, had a two-hour Zoom call to start the process. Doyle and Lachance shared a weekly video with Meulens, who clued in assistant hitting coaches Andy González and P.J. Pilittere.

    “I liked the process and how they stayed in contact,” Meulens said
    . “Hopefully, it will translate into becoming better in games.

    Batting practice sessions in Spring Training before the club's first full-squad workout on Tuesday and first game on Friday show Doyle -- who also has gone from a 50-50 weight distribution on his feet to 60-40 weighted to the right leg -- employing a less-pronounced drop at the start of his swing
    .
     
     
    “Last year, I definitely made a lot of adjustments throughout the season, and I finished on a pretty high note,” said Doyle, whose September-October batting average (
    .261) and on-base percentage (.284) constituted his highest monthly splits in those categories for the season. “I want to carry that into Spring Training and into the season.” (T Harding - MLB.com - Feb 19, 2024)
Fielding
  • Brenton is an average defender in center field. But his impressive speed should allow him to become an above-average center fielder. His reads and jumps are accurate. He is a 55 grade fielder. And he has a 60 grade arm. 

    He’s an above-average runner, and his speed translates to his defense in the outfield. Doyle is an above-average center fielder with a plus arm that would play in an outfield corner. (Geoff Pontes - BAPH - Spring, 2023)

  • Doyle won a Rawlings Gold Glove for his defensive work in center field, and his plus speed will allow him to stay there, with a plus arm to boot, for a very long time. If he can refine his approach, he has the chance to bring an exciting power-speed combination to Colorado. (Spring 2022)

  • Doyle’s plus speed should continue to allow him to steal some bases and it also contributes to his above-average defense in the outfield, where the Rockies think he could stick in center field but also know one of the best arms in the systems would profile well in right. The power-speed combination reminds some of Preston Wilson; the organization excited about seeing what Doyle can do as he moves up. (Spring 2021)

  • Doyle has the tools to handle any outfield position, including a 60 grade arm.

  • Brenton has a lot of tools that jump out. His plus speed and strong arm give him the defensive versatility to settle in at any of the three outfield positions. 

  • July 28, 2023: Rockies rookie Brenton Doyle is blessed with the size, speed, fearlessness and youth to cover center field at Coors Field. He also has the common sense to ask Charlie Blackmon, an All-Star performer in his younger and healthier days, for advice.

    “The biggest thing, especially at Coors, is you can’t coast to balls,” Doyle said. “You’ve got to bust your butt to get there, because they can keep going.”

    Well, no need to worry about Doyle going anything less than full tilt. Since being called up on April 24, Doyle, 25, has solidified the position with his all-out defensive style. 

    Doyle’s 542 defensive innings in center rank just 20th among center fielders in the Majors. According to Fangraphs, Doyle is tied for sixth in defensive runs saved with five.

    Statcast measurements highlight the physical tools that led Colorado to turn the position over to Doyle.

    Doyle is tied for fifth among center fielders with seven outs above average. (T Harding - MLB.com - July 28, 2023)

  • 2023 Season: It's no surprise Doyle took home a Gold Glove. He had 19 defensive runs saved and ranked in the 99th percentile in range, arm value, and arm strength.

    Winner of a Minor League Gold Glove Award in 2021, Doyle ratted off 120 consecutive games without making an error to finish his season. His .997 fielding percentage set a new standard for outfield excellence in Colorado history for a full 162-game slate. (Charlie Blackmon had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage during the 60-game pandemic-shortened campaign.) His 19 DRS is by far the most since Sports Info Solutions began tracking the stat in 2003 with the previous high being six coming into 2023.

    Though his range was impressive to the naked eye, it’s was his arm that has raised the most eyebrows. Among all position players this season, his 96.1 MPH average arm strength was the sixth-fastest. When narrowing things to center fielders, he owned six of the top seven strongest outfield assists. His 105.7 mph throw home on Sept. 2 was the hardest recorded in the Statcast Era (2015).

  • Defensive metrics are far from perfect, but they all agree that Doyle isn’t just on another level from every other Colorado Rockies outfielder… he’s on another planet. 

    He became the 15th rookie ever to win a Gold Glove after producing 19 Defensive Runs Saved. Consider that the previous high for a Rockies outfielder in DRS was six.

    When you combine every centerfielder in franchise history, the total DRS comes out to well below -100.

    So, Doyle has, in his very first 126 games, become – by orders of magnitude that are difficult to fathom – the greatest center fielder in the history of the franchise. And with all respect and apologies due to Carlos Gonzalez and Larry Walker, the best all-around defender the vast expanse has ever seen. (Drew Creasman - Dec. 4, 2023)

Running
  • Brenton is a 65 grade runner, far above average on the 20-80 scouting scale. And he's a base-stealing threat. (Geoff Pontes - BAPH - Spring, 2023)

  • 2023 Season: While Doyle struggled at the plate last season, he was an elite defensive center fielder for the Rox. He stole 22 bases in 126 games despite hitting only .203, averaging 29.9 feet per second.
     
Career Injury Report
  • 2019: At Grand Junction, Doyle missed three weeks after he suffered a fracture in the left cheek after getting hit by a foul ball. At the time, he was standing on the top step of the dugout.