Detroit Tigers: Three More Minor League Players Who Can Help
The Tigers previously used Boyd earlier in the season. The left-handed pitcher ate some innings in relief, tossing 4.2 shutout innings while striking out a pair. He allowed three hits and two walks.
Boyd was so effective in his lone appearance this season that only Jordan Zimmermann and Kyle Ryan have higher WAR numbers this season where pitchers are concerned.
However, he hasn’t been called upon since, as the team has opted to promote fellow young pitchers like Michael Fulmer and Daniel Norris instead.
These moves have kept Boyd in Triple-A, but despite staying in the minors, the pitcher has been dominant.
The former Toronto farmhand has been dominant. In six starts he’s posted a 1.80 ERA. During his six starts, the lefty has totaled 35 innings. In those innings, he has only allowed 10 walks and one home run. Boyd has 27 strikeouts.
In terms of a potential fit, it is easy to see the 25-year-old slotting in as either a starter or a reliever. Should any one of Pelfrey, Sanchez or Greene struggle, Boyd could make a spot start. Additionally, if Fulmer or Norris’ innings need to be limited, then Boyd could step in there as well.
As for pitching in relief, we’ve seen already that the left-hander can soak up innings in relief. He could provide a lot of value for the Tigers.