Tigers Scouting Report: Matt Boyd

Daniel Norris was the big name the Tigers got in return for David Price, but Matt Boyd has been making a name for himself this year as well, dominating at both upper levels of the Blue Jays farm system. What's the ceiling for Boyd?

Matt Boyd

Vitals

Position: Left-handed Pitcher
Date of Birth: 2/2/1991 (2015 Opening Day Age: 24)
Height/Weight: 6-3/215
Bats/Throws: Left/Left
Acquired: Trade for LHP David Price, July 2015

Background:
The Blue Jays 6th round pick in 2013, Boyd signed for a well-below slot bonus of just $75,000 as a senior sign out of Oregon State. Boyd pitched exceptionally well in the Florida State League in 2014, before struggling after a promotion to Double-A with a 6.96 ERA across ten starts. In 2015, Boyd dominated Double-A before his big league debut and then heading back to Triple-A.

Performance:

2015 Stats - Pitching
TEAMGGSSVIPHHRRERBBSOHBPERAWHIPW/L
New Hampshire 1212073.2393119187011.100.776-1
Buffalo 66039.0325131263712.770.973-1
Toronto 2206.2155111117014.852.40-2


Scouting Report

Body: Good height that generates angle to the plate; long and lean; good pitcher’s frame; shows durability and should eat innings.

Delivery/Mechanics: High-3/4 arm slot; has effort in delivery; will struggle to repeat at times; arm action can be a little inconsistent, but generally works well; good arm speed; extends well out front and finishes pitches well; needs to improve repeatability.

Fastball:Fringe to average offering; velocity consistently 89-91 mph and reaches 92 mph at times; will subtract a little more on occasion in an attempt to generate additional movement or get hitters out front; good angle on pitch thanks to height and higher arm slot; will attack and pitch off FB but offering lacks punch and cannot be relied upon too heavily; fringe pitch at present; could settle as average pitch with more consistent movement. Grade – Present 4+/Future 5

Slider: Best breaking ball; shows consistent short, sharp break; won’t miss a ton of bats with offering but misses meat of the barrel; throws to RHH and LHH with success; induces weak contact when mixed of FB; average pitch over long term. Grade – 5/5

Curveball: Slow, loopy pitch; lacks deception; worst secondary offering; will mix in occasionally to change look and give hitters something else to think about; get me over offering; below-average. Grade – 4/4

Changeup: Only pitch with above-average potential; pitch exits hand after same arm speed as FB and from same as other offerings; that deception is augmented by natural fade that moves pitch away from RHH; good angle to plate gives pitch another element; plays very well off FB; average offering at present that needs consistency of quality movement to grade as above-average. Grade – 5/5+

Control/Command: When pitcher keeps mechanics consistent, shows ability to pound strike zone with all four pitches; will get out of sorts at times and can struggle to work in the zone regularly; at his best, shows ability to move FB and CH to both sides of plate; must work down the zone consistently in order to find maximum success; average command profile that should allow pitches to play to true future grades.

Other: Strong competitor; pitches with intelligence; can hold runners with varying looks and solid pickoff move; fields position well.



Final Word

Summary: Four-pitch lefty with feel for pitching; owns competitive streak that shows on the mound; can adjust game plan based on what is working that day; FB and SL have average potential with CH flashing above-average; CB is not a reliable offering and never will be one; typically throws strikes and should show continued improvement with command as he gains more experience at upper levels of minor leagues; nearly big league ready low-ceiling arm.

Risk: Low risk; Only requires minor polishing to reach ceiling; low ceiling, high floor player with success at upper levels of minor leagues.

Projection: Needs to adjust to demands of facing MLB hitters; has four-pitch mix and command potential to mix-and-match at the back of a big league rotation; could help big league club right now but more likely ready in 2016; #5 starter.



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