With a league-average slashline of .242/.313/.338, the New York-Penn League can frustrate even the most talented of hitters. For much of the 2013 season, however, B.J. Boyd put up numbers for the Vermont Lake Monsters more commonly seen in the California League. A late season slump dropped his final totals down a bit, but Boyd's .285/.375/.442 line still put him well above the league average.
The Palo Alto native came to the Oakland A's in the fourth round of last year's draft. A two-sport star at Palo Alto High School, Boyd was considered a raw prospect when he arrived to professional baseball. He hasn't shown much of that rawness, however. Boyd hit .301/.401/.434 in the Arizona Rookie League last season before putting together an even better campaign for Vermont this year.
Boyd's 817 OPS was seventh-best in the league. He finished eighth in the league in homers (8), third in walks (35), ninth in OBP (.375) and eighth in runs scored. Boyd was named co-MVP of the Lake Monsters along with fellow outfielder Boog Powell.
Donald Moore caught-up with Boyd during the Lake Monsters' final roadtrip…
Donald Moore: How's everything going for you this season?
B.J. Boyd: It's going well. It's been a great season. Kind of struggling [right now] on a downfall, but trying to get back on it.
DM: What are your goals for this year?
BB: Trying to get my batting average to stay over .300 and just learn more about the game.
DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a ballplayer?
BB: My greatest strength is probably my speed and range in the outfield, and obviously hitting.
DM: What would you like to improve on?
BB: My base-running and my arm.
DM: How are you adjusting to professional baseball?
BB: I mean it's a big jump from high school. I'm still getting used to it and I'm looking at this like it's college or something. Yeah, it's been a grind.
DM: What do you like best about being a pro ball player?
BB: I mean, you could either have a good day or bad day, but it's still more relaxing when you go home after. In the off-season, nobody can really tell you anything and you're just on your own basically.
DM: Any pregame routine?
BB: Just music basically.
DM: Favorite thing you like to do off the field?
BB: Video games mostly. I play Madden.
DM: Favorite team growing up?
BB: The Oakland A's.
DM: If there is one person who taught you most about baseball, who would that be?
BB: My uncle. He played and he got drafted from high school to the Marlins and he taught me a lot. And obviously Rickey Henderson [who coaches in the A's minor league system as a roving instructor]. He was my favorite player growing up. He taught me stuff in Instructs last year.
DM: Craziest thing you ever seen on a baseball diamond?
BB: I want to say somebody got hit in the head trying to steal second.
DM: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
BB: Hopefully in the big leagues, or Triple-A somewhere.
DM: Thank you so much for your time, B.J.
BB: No problem and thank you.