I wrote back in late-January when the Mets signed reliever Blaine Boyer that, “Unless Boyer impresses in Spring Training, he appears to just be Triple-A depth.” Well, he’s been impressing. In fact, his 0.90 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, and 7 K’s in 10 IP this Spring has been so impressive to management, that it was enough to risk putting both Manny Acosta and Pat Misch on waivers. Now that his bullpen job is locked-up, the 29 year-old reliever is hoping to prove that there’s good reason to keep a pitcher who’s been with four franchises in just three seasons.
Boyer was originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in third round of the 2000 amateur draft. The young righty posted an impressive 3.11 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 7.9 K/9 IP in his rookie season out of the Braves bullpen, but his lacking control (4.1 BB/9 IP) illustrated a much more clear career path. Despite the solid surface numbers during his rookie campaign, Boyer struggled with the Braves from 2006 to 2008, pitching to the tune of a combined 13.50 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, and 1.0 K/BB ratio (in 7.3 IP). His minor league numbers in 2007 also supported his major league mediocrity, including a 4.30 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, and astounding 6.1 BB/9 IP.
The middle reliever played for three franchises in 2009 alone, before settling with the Arizona Diamondbacks towards the end of 2009. Boyer seemed to regain his old form for the Diamondbacks in 2009 with a 2.68 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 1.50 K/BB ratio in 37 IP, but his 1.54 WHIP/1.0 K/BB ratio in 2010–including a career low K/9 IP–led to being non-tendered by the team this past off-season.
Blaine Boyer has certainly made the Mets roster for now, but his lacking command–not his mid-90’s fastball–will control his fate with the franchise.
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