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Doyle Preston - Ambidextrous pitcher
Doyle Edward Preston
Born: February 9, 1973 in Friona, Texas
High School: Mt. Vernon HS 1991
Tigers - Mount Vernon, Texas
College: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville MLB Draft: Cincinnati Reds in 1991 and 1994
Team:Princeton of the Appalachian League
Position: Pitcher, 3B
Weight: 195 lb.
Throws: Both (ambidextrous), Right-hand dominant
Velocity: RHP: 84 mph; LHP 81 mph
Doyle Preston was a talented athlete from Mt. Vernon, Texas, who could pitch from either side in high school. A comment posted about Doyle Preston's ambidextrous abilities: "A guy from Mt. Vernon could pitch left or right ...as the QB he could roll out and throw a football with either arm." Preston played football in college and was drafted twice by the Cincinnati Reds to play 3B/1B. ................................. Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 35th round of the 1991 MLB June Amateur Draft from Mount Vernon HS (Mount Vernon, TX) and the Cincinnati Reds in the 35th round of the 1994 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR). ................................. Ambidextrous Pitcher in High School
Chris Perkins Staff Writer of The Dallas Morning News
APRIL 9, 1991
When folks in Mt. Vernon say athletes such as Doyle Preston don't come around often, believe them.
Preston, who signed a football scholarship with Arkansas in February, is an ambidextrous pitcher. He has been clocked at 84 mph right-handed and 81 mph left-handed. Entering Tuesday's game, Preston is 3-1 right-handed with a 0.25 ERA and 1-0 left-handed with two saves and a 1.47 ERA. Preston, who bats left-handed, is hitting .444.
Crowe wants to redshirt freshman Doyle Preston, but he has worked with the second unit this week. Crowe says he plans to use two quarterbacks against Miami.
"We're really going to try to play a second quarterback in this ball game at some point in time, and we're giving Doyle Preston most of the snaps," Crowe said. "But I will not know until I get in the ball game how I'm going to play the quarterbacks. That's not going to change no matter what happens in practice."
Adams was recruited as an option quarterback when Ken Hatfield was still Arkansas' coach. Preston passed for 950 yards in a run-oriented offense at Mt. Vernon, Tex.