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Bobby Boyd

Born: 01/04/1993 (Age: 23)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9" Weight: 175
Primary Position: LF
Secondary Position: CF
Short, filled-out, compact, strength throughout, high-end quickness with coordination
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 06/18/2016
Dates Seen 10x April-June 2016
Affiliate Lancaster JetHawks (High A, Astros)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2018 High 45 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 40 Quiet setup, drifting load with long hitch of hands moving up and in abruptly has toned down, stiffness in load, mild arm bar; manipulates barrel, slashing delivery, quick and steep into the zone, flat plane, will swing down on it, occasional turn-and-lift; front side hitter, hands stay back, loses engagement frequently, moderate swing-and-miss, will slap-and-dash on outer third, inner-third vulnerability to velocity; solid approach, works with pitches, moderate command of the zone, can work counts
Power 30 Makes hard contact, limited leverage, flat plane; will pick his spots to turn and lift, gap power with fringe-average power to pull side, will yank a few over the wall
Baserunning/Speed 65 Burner, 4.04 average on 8 clocks, 3.72 on a bunt, frequently sub-4.0, explosive out of the box, quick to first gear; solid reads, plus breaks, foot speed and utility to steal against above-average batteries
Glove 50 Has played all three spots, preferred in left; lacks innate feel for contact, well above-average speed helps compensate for below-average reads and route inefficiency; below-average in center, physical tools to get to average in left with fill-in utility in right
Arm 45 Solid-average arm strength, sneaky arm strength, below-average carry, low lasers, rainbows when he tries to hump up, below-average accuracy

A former 8th-rounder, Boyd is a slash-hitting burner with fringe utility at all three outfield positions and occasional second-division potential in left. There's some sneaky pop here, as Boyd's line drives have some carry to the pull side, but the approach and steep swing path are more appropriately geared towards the middle and opposite sides of the field. There's more swing-and-miss than ideal for the profile, and I don't see on-base projection to quite get him to regular playing time. He'll steal a bunch of bases when he does play, and the glove works thanks to top-shelf closing speed that affords a greater margin for error in his reads. It works best as a fourth or fifth outfielder profile.

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