Matt Boyd (baseball)

Matt Boyd
Detroit Tigers – No. 48
Born: (1991-02-02) February 2, 1991
Bellevue, Washington
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 27, 2015, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record 7–11
Earned run average 5.64
Strikeouts 125
WHIP 1.40

Matthew Robert Boyd (born February 2, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB). Boyd pitched for Oregon State University before being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays, and played three seasons in their minor league organization before earning a promotion to MLB.

Professional career

Early and minor league career

Boyd played his freshman high school season at Mercer Island High School before transferring to Eastside Catholic School. He graduated and played for Oregon State University for 4 years.[1] In the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, he was selected in the 13th round by the Cincinnati Reds, but did not sign.[2] In the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft, Boyd was drafted in the 6th round by the Blue Jays and received a $75,000 signing bonus.[3]

Boyd was initially assigned to the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts, where he recorded a 0.64 earned run average in 14 innings before being promoted to the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays, where he would spend the remainder of the 2013 season.[2] He would post an 0–2 record in Dunedin with a 5.40 ERA in 10 innings pitched.[2] In 2014, Boyd pitched 9023 innings with Dunedin, earning a 5–3 record, 1.39 ERA, and 103 strikeouts before earning a promotion to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats.[2] He would struggle in his first trip to New Hampshire, pitching to a 1–4 record, 6.96 ERA, and 44 strikeouts in 4223 innings.[2] Through his first 9 starts with the Fisher Cats in 2015, Boyd lead the league in both ERA (1.05) and strikeouts (56).[4] He was promoted to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons in June 2015, and made his first start on June 14 against the Charlotte Knights. Boyd took the loss, yielding 2 runs (1 earned) with 8 strikeouts and no walks in 7 innings pitched for the Bisons.[5] At the time of his call-up, he was considered the number 19 prospect in the Blue Jays organization by MLB.[6][7]

Toronto Blue Jays

On June 26, 2015, Boyd was called up by the Blue Jays to start against the Texas Rangers the following day.[7][8] He pitched 623 innings against the Rangers and took the loss, yielding 4 runs while striking out 7.[9] Boyd's 7 strikeouts tied the Blue Jays franchise record for strikeouts in a debut.[10]

Detroit Tigers

On July 30, 2015, Boyd was traded to the Detroit Tigers along with Daniel Norris and Jairo Labourt in exchange for David Price.[11][12] He was assigned to the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens.[13] Boyd was recalled by the Tigers on August 5. Before being recalled, Boyd posted a 9–2 record and a 1.65 ERA in 19 starts between Double-A New Hampshire, Triple-A Buffalo and Toledo.[14] In his debut for the Tigers on August 5, Boyd pitched 7 innings, allowing seven hits, and one earned run, with two strikeouts, and no walks, earning his first career major league win, in a 2–1 Tigers victory over the Kansas City Royals.[15]

Despite having pitched 6.2 innings for the Blue Jays in 2015, the Blue Jays (who made the 2015 ALDS playoffs) elected to not award Boyd any money from the available pool of playoff share funds.[16] This money is distributed amongst the team and staff; typically, players who were traded or released through the year are awarded partial shares or grants from the playoff pool. Although Boyd was shut out, monetary grants were awarded to several other Blue Jays players whose contributions were minimal, including Phil Coke (2.2 innings pitched), Colt Hynes (3.0 innings pitched), and Chad Jenkins (3.2 innings pitched).

On March 30, 2016, Boyd was optioned to the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens.[17] Boyd was recalled from Toledo on April 24 and made one relief appearance against the Cleveland Indians, but was sent back to Triple-A shortly after. Following the news that Jordan Zimmermann would miss a start, Boyd was recalled to the Tigers again on May 27.[18] He was later placed in the starting rotation when Anibal Sánchez was demoted to the Tiger bullpen on May 31.[19] Following an ineffective start on June 18, Boyd was optioned to Triple-A Toledo for the third time this season.[20] Boyd was back up with the Tigers by July 9, after both Jordan Zimmermann and Daniel Norris were placed on the disabled list within 24 hours of each other. He made the best start of his young career on July 18, allowing no runs and only three hits in six innings against the Minnesota Twins, earning the win in a 1–0 decision.[21] On August 13, Boyd had his longest start of the season to date, allowing just two hits and two walks over seven innings of a 2–0 win against the Texas Rangers.[22] In a September 20 victory over the Twins, Boyd pitched a career-high eight innings, giving up just three hits and a run, while striking out seven.[23] Boyd had an improved season in 2016, posting a 6–5 record and a 4.53 ERA in 18 starts, while striking out 82 batters in 97 13 innings.

Personal life

Boyd is distantly related to Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, as well as former First Lady of the United States Dolley Madison.[24]


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  4. "Boyd Dominates Again In 4-1 Win". May 23, 2015. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  5. Grossman, Jordan (June 14, 2015). "Boyd strong, but Bisons fall 2-1 to Knights". Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  6. "MLB 2015 Prospect Watch". Retrieved March 17, 2015.
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  8. Lempert, Jason (June 26, 2015). "Blue Jays' Matt Boyd called up from Triple-A, will start Saturday". Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  9. "Gallardo, Rangers spoil Boyd's Blue Jays debut". Sportsnet. June 27, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
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  12. Beck, Jason (July 30, 2015). "Tigers move quick, get three pitchers for Price". Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  13. Bittenbender, Steve (August 1, 2015). "New Tigers farmhand starts, pitches 2 innings Saturday". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  14. Beck, Jason (July 30, 2015). "New Tiger Boyd set to start on Wednesday". Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  15. McCosky, Chris (August 5, 2015). "Matt Boyd strong in Tigers debut". The Detroit News. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  17. Beck, Jason (March 30, 2016). "Rotation picture clears as Tigers option Boyd". Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  18. McMann, Aaron (May 27, 2016). "Tigers' Matt Boyd to be recalled from Triple-A Toledo, start Saturday vs. A's". Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  19. Fenech, Anthony (June 1, 2016). "Anibal Sanchez out of Detroit Tigers rotation, vows to get back in". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  20. Strang, Katie (June 19, 2016). "Matt Boyd shipped back to Toledo; Tigers' bullpen a growing concern". ESPN. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  21. Trister, Noah (July 18, 2016). "Matt Boyd terrific, Upton homers as Tigers shut down Twins 1-0". Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  22. Hawkings, Stephen (August 13, 2016). "Tigers have 17 runners against Hamels, beat Rangers 2-0". Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  23. Campbell, Dave (September 20, 2016). "Boyd, Tigers beat Twins 8-1 with homers by McCann, Cabrera". Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  24. Elliott, Bob (April 17, 2014). "Blue Jays pitching prospect shining bright". Retrieved June 2, 2015.
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