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Boyd appears to be the steady and talented rock of the Oregon State offense. It's his discipline, his approach, his ability to execute any task asked of his coaches, his bat talent and his footspeed and effort and high level ability on the bases that can impact a game in so many ways. He's not the sexiest prospect in terms of tools. The body is good, clearly looks 'good in a uniform' at 6-foot-0, 201-pounds, that box is checked. The MLB comp, though he's a little smaller, would be Mark Canha. He hits in three-hole for one of the nation's top teams. His slash line is a positive, though a scout could be left wanting more. In 21 games he's hitting .411, with 2 HR and 22 RBI, modest power/production stats (7 2B). Dig a little deeper and it's the process that shows up, with 23 BB, 4 HBP vs 17 SO that tell a bigger story. Where his teammate Melton has about the same SO numbers, the 23 BB stand out. But so does the impact extra base, or lack-thereof, production. That aside, a player with his process and tools to hit can quickly move in pro ball when he eventually gets to levels where he knows he is facing pitchers in the zone more often. He's not a 'sell-out' or 'all or nothing' hitter so a scout may not really be able to trust what he can be in terms of the power ceiling. He played a very clean and above average RF, both in his routes, playing the tough RF at Cal, getting off strong and accurate throws, showing backside turn mechanics into accurate throws, etc. He hooked a ball into LF and turned a clean single into a hustle double (4.48 on the turn), legged out a ball off the pitcher's glove while going 4.32 and put down a sac bunt perfectly, which he beat out and ran 3.78. So he is no less than an average runner, and for me, he's above average with plus base-running skills, call him present 55 runner, future no worse than 50. Field is 50, future 55. Throw is 50, future 55. Raw power 40, future 50. Game power gets a boost to around 50 given his process, and that same process can allow for a future 55 hitting grade. Across the board he's not going to have more than maybe one 60 future grade from an area scout, but he's going to be 50s across the board, at a minimum. Watching him play the game, all those grades tick upward because he has the usability of his abilities. (Clemmens)
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound highly projectable right hand hitter ran a 6.54 laser timed 60. Athletic slightly open stance with a small pick up to stride landing on line. Hands were strong through the zone with some whip in the bat. Lower half finishes with some explosion. Swing gets on plane early and shows uphill tilt with gap to gap power. Exit velo was 96 mph off the pitch. Feet work through the ball, glove presents out front, and quick clean exchange at center. Polished actions, showed arm speed throwing from a three-quarter arm slot at 87 mph.
4-11-18Committed to Oregon State. Currently ranked No. 2 in the Colorado 2019 class. Bats and throws right. Showed good power from the right side when he homered in the first inning on an 0-2 pitch that he drove out to leftcenter. He is very balanced at the plate and uses good hands to square the baseball and hits the ball hard to all fields. Defensively he shows good hands, body position as well as arm strength. Boyd is hitting .429 on the season with 6 homeruns.
2-25-186-foot-1, 185-pound right hand hitting SS/OF. Powerful hitter at the plate, stands wide and balanced. Strong lower half with good weight transfer. Swing is uphill and ball jumps off his bat. Hit 3 balls out during the live round. Hands whip through the zone with good extension out front. Exit velocity was 92 mph.
4-18-17Offensively, Justin Boyd singled twice and showed why he is one of the better sophomores in Colorado, he also showed great versatility when he started at ss and then was moved to cf when Kyle Cardona was done pitching, his actions show the athleticism to play both the infield and the outfield and will allow him to grow as a player.1-29-176-foot, 170 pounds. Bats and throws right. Looks the part, and backs it up. Appears to have put on about 10-15 pounds of muscle. Has a cool, confident aura without being cocky. At the plate he is balanced with a simple, fluent load of the hands and little/no stride. Bat speed is quick, and he laced line drives in his BP round. 89 mph exit velocity. Has the arm strength to stick at short, and the glove is advanced for his age. Bounces around with athletic quickness and makes plays to both sides with throws from all angles. Ran a 4.28 home to first. 8-8-155-foot-9, 140 pounds. Bats and throws right. Athletic looking prospect with lean frame. Has narrow slightly open tall stance. Hands start high and has slight leg kick. Hands move well to the ball. Gets good extension through zone and uses lower half well. Had 80 mph exit velocity off the tee. Right now is a line-drive gap hitter. Good bat speed for his age. Like his actions at SS. Gets in ready position and moves well to both sides. Has quick release and threw 75 mph across the diamond with accuracy. Ran a 7.60 60 time. Nice 2019 prospect to follow.
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