Bio: Coyle is a 5-9, 180-pound infielder ranked No. 47 in the Class of 2010 by Perfect Game. He was one of the 20 players selected out of 144 invitees to compete for the United States in the COPABE Junior Pan Am championships on the U-18 squad . Coyle batted leadoff for the USA squad, recording an on base percentage of .500, and manned third base and took home a gold medal.
"It really was a dream," Coyle said of winning a gold medal for the U-18 team. "It was everything I expected of it and more. I felt very blessed to be able to go out there with all the players - the best players from the country - and to go to another country and represent the United States of America; it was a great feeling. I felt like I was part of something that was greater than me. It was a powerful feeling."
He has also been honored for All League status in addition to being ranked the No. 2 prospect in Pennsylvania by Perfect Game.
Recruitment: Coyle and North Carolina both shared in the advantages of familiarity because of the recruitment - and commitment - of his older brother Tommy to the Diamond Heels the year before.
"The first spot that the coaches saw me was at some of the indoor winter camps up here," Coyle said. "I was not really going there to be seen but I went with my brother who had his heart set on coming to Carolina. In retrospect I am glad that I went with him. We started talking after that and after my junior year I did not know where I was going - but Carolina ended up looking as the best place."
"It was an easy choice to commit to North Carolina,” Coyle added. "At the end of the day I felt that it was a comfort level factor - knowing the coaches from speaking with them for two years with their recruitment of my brother. They seemed like great guys and the facilities and the education that I could get at University of North Carolina was great."
Coyle committed to North Carolina over offers from Virginia, South Carolina and Miami, among others.
“I have played with my brother my whole life and it has always been a dream of mine to compete at such a high level of college baseball with him."
Scouting Report: Coyle is a professional level prospect at second base and could easily project to playing third or shortstop in college. His speed on the bases is noted in his being clocked at 6.40 seconds in the 60-yard dash, in addition to being a crafty baserunner.
Statistics: In 27 games during his junior high school season, Coyle batted .463 in 96 plate appearances, with 37 runs scored on 36 hits, plus 11 doubles, four triples, four home runs, and 17 runs batted in. He recorded a slugging mark of .866 with 12 base on balls and only 4 strikeouts, for a .540 on base percentage, while stealing 13 bases in 14 attempts. His high school coach stated that the junior season was a bit of a down year for Coyle as he was suffering the effects of a hand injury for most of the season after batting around .560 as a sophomore.
Coach Quotes: "I first took over three years ago and Sean was a sophomore," stated Germantown Academy coach John Duffy. "He is the best high school baseball player that I have ever seen and I played in Richmond with Sean Casey, who went on to having a great big league career and the ball came off the bat differently for Casey than from everyone else on the team. Everything about Sean - he does it a little quicker and a little better. The ball comes off of his bat harder and different from anybody else that we have had in the program or than any other high school kid I have seen. If he keeps progressing and keeps working and stays injury free he has a definite chance to be a big league player in the mold of a Dustin Pedroia."
Sean’s older brother, Tommy, has impressed since arriving at UNC and appears slated for significant playing time as a freshman this season. What can fans expect from his little brother Sean?
"Sean is a little stronger physically than his brother and a little thicker build wise but has the same or better speed than Tommy," Duffy said. "He is overall physically stronger. That is one of the biggest things that you notice about the two - even though Sean is a year younger. He is only 5-8 or 5-9 but is very solidly built at 180 pounds - big calves and big legs and is strong as an ox."
Future Plans: Coyle is one of the top prospects in the 2010 class. His draft stock could be impacted by both his height and his strong commitment to North Carolina, but his skill set alone dictates that scouts will be paying close attention to him this spring.
"I guess when it comes down to it - it will be a tough decision," Coyle said of the potential decision to sign with a pro team out of high school. "After signing my letter of intent I am very excited to have the opportunity to play at the University of North Carolina for Coach Fox and with my brother. The track record of what Coach Fox has done - making a team that every year has a chance at winning a national championship and that is not something you see every college or team able to do. Year in and year out, that is something special.
"I want to win the College World Series - that is any college player's ultimate goal and I think that would be extremely special."