“Depth, depth, and more depth,” as the Mets sign right-handed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league deal. Earlier in the off-season, Boyer was non-tendered by the Arizona Diamondbacks, which had a lot of people scratching their heads since on the surface, he was one of their better relievers in 2010. However, it might have actually been a run-of-the-mill season for Boyer.
Originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves, Boyer showed some promise as a ‘pen option in his rookie season by posting a 3.11 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 7.9 K/9 IP–but his 4.1 BB/9 IP served as a better career indicator than any of his other surface stats. The righty reliever struggled with his control with the Braves–which led to him being passed around by three franchises in 2009 alone. Boyer “settled in” with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010, posting a respectable 4.26 ERA, but continued to illustrate his control woes with a 1.00 K/BB ratio.
At second glance, it’s actually not particularly surprising that the Diamondbacks non-tendered Boyer. Despite throwing a mid-90’s fastball, his career K/9 IP sits at a league-average 6.4 K/9 IP–a rate that has decreased as the seasons go by. Even his control in 2010 was above his career average, which doesn’t bode well looking at 2011. Unless Boyer impresses in Spring Training, he appears to just be Triple-A depth.