DUNEDIN – The Florida State League named Dunedin Blue Jays left-handed pitcher Matt Boyd (3-0, 0.00 ERA) Pitcher of the Week for the period of April 3 to April 13.
Boyd started the season by throwing 17 scoreless innings over three outings, and was a key factor in Dunedin’s 9-2 start.
Boyd won both of his outings, allowing no runs and striking out nine. He also picked up another win against the Daytona Cubs, allowing no runs with seven strikeouts to only one walk.
As of April 15, Boyd was 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 16 strikeouts, and had allowed only 13 hits and two walks.
Boyd appeared in eight games last season, three of them with Dunedin, after being the first college player selected by the Blue Jays in the 2013 MLB Draft, taken in the sixth round out of Oregon State.
In three appearances with Dunedin last year, Boyd struck out 11 in 10 innings. In his first year of professional ball, opposing batters hit only .167 against him.
Boyd was named PAC-12 Pitcher of the Week twice in his senior year. He also was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team, and was a consensus pick to be a Baseball America All-American, Perfect Game All-American, and Louisville Slugger All-American.
In five appearances with the Lansing Lugnuts in 2013, Boyd posted an 0.64 ERA in 14 innings. He struck out 12 and gave up one earned run on seven hits and one walk for a WHIP of 0.571. His 12 K/BB ratio was over twice as good as any other pitcher who appeared in Lansing last season, while his ERA and WHIP also were tops on the team.
In addition to his decorated college career, Boyd played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team during the summer of 2011, going 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in 6 1/3 innings and tallying eight strikeouts.