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Newcomer Matt Boyd set to start for Fisher Cats
Oregon State Beavers pitcher Matt Boyd (31) looks toward first base during a game against the Indiana Hoosiers during the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park last year. (Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports)
He’s thinking that might be a good thing and help settle his nerves a bit.
The 23-year-old lefty was pitching at Oregon State a year ago at this time and has been on a tear in the Florida State League.
Boyd throws a fastball, changeup, curve and slider and says his heater is probably in the high 80s, low 90s.
It’s been working.
“I haven’t really been checking his numbers,” said Fisher Cats manager Bobby Meacham. “All I heard was he was off to a good start and wasn’t giving up runs down there and we needed to move him up. I said, ‘Welcome.’ ”
The numbers have been impressive.
In five starts, Boyd is 4-0 and in 31 innings has given up one run and 18 hits. He’s struck out 37 and walked five.
He credited the Dunedin defense behind him and the catching of Derrick Chung in helping him be aggressive and successful.
Meacham, the manager at Dunedin last year, had Boyd for a couple of starts late in the summer after he moved up from Lansing.
Tonight’s games are the final two of a seven-game homestand for the Fisher Cats.
The Fisher Cats are 11-12 and Trenton is 16-9.
Shawn Hill, 32, and his third stint with the Blue Jays’ organization, is due to pitch for the Fisher Cats in the second game of tonight’s doubleheader.
The Fisher Cats then head to Portland for their first games against the Sea Dogs starting on Thursday.