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Logan William Boyd is a 6’2″, 205 lb. left-handed starting pitcher from Humble, Texas, origin also of former major leaguer Paul Kardow and current Detroit Tigers pitcher Daniel Stumpf. Born on November 26th, 1993, Boyd was selected in the 19th round of the 2015 Amateur Entry Draft by the Boston Red Sox out of Sam Houston State University.
In three seasons of Division I Baseball for the Bearkats, Boyd posted a 10-8 record over 45 appearances, including 18 starts. He struck out 133 batters in 148 1/3 innings, earning a 3.93 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP from 2013 through 2015. After his junior season, Boston chose him 561st overall.
Only five players chosen 561st overall have reached the majors since the advent of the modern draft, and none of them earned a WAR of 2.0. The group is led by Bob File (1998, Toronto Blue Jays, 1.4 career WAR), Scott Stewart (1994, Texas Rangers, 1.0 WAR), and Jason Hart (1995, Atlanta Braves, 0.1 WAR).
After the draft, Boyd signed with the Sox for a $75,000 bonus, and reported to the short-season-A Lowell Spinners, in the New York-Penn League. Through that first professional season, he worked out of the bullpen, starting once and joining the game in progress on 12 occasions. He would strike out 37 over 41 innings of work, with a 4-0 record, a 2.85 ERA, and a 1.32 WHIP.
Boyd’s 2015 season was enough for the Red Sox to scoot him up a level, to the single-A Greenville Drive in the South Atlantic League. It was here that Boyd totaled a career-high 139 innings of work through 27 rotational starts, with a 14-7 record and a concerning 4.78 ERA. His 1.44 WHIP was a little high, and his whiff rate was a little low, at 7.23/9IP.
In 2017, Boyd again started the season out with the Drive, and made 15 starts, going 8-4. He whiffed 67 in 80 2/3 innings with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP, all improvements over his 2016 numbers. On July 4th, Boston promoted him to the high-A Salem Red Sox in the Carolina League.
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In a dozen games in high-A, Boyd went 3-1 with a 2.56 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. Despite that, he did not survive Boston’s Spring Training, and signed a free agent deal with the Miami Marlins on March 31st of this year. He made his organizational debut on June 15th.
Boyd faced 23 batters on that day, in a loss to the Auburn Doubledays. He surrendered two earned runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings, striking out four and suffering the defeat. He also lost in his next start, going six innings against the West Virginia Black Bears and allowing two earned runs on six hits and two walks.
On June 25th, Boyd turned in an impressive no-decision against the State College Spikes, tossing five scoreless two-hit innings with four strikeouts. Despite that, the Miami Marlins released him three days later. He’s free to pursue his career with any organization through free agency.
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