Bobby Poyner Minors Pitcher

       
 
Age: 28
Born: December 1, 1992
Birthplace: West Palm Beach, FL
Height: 6-0
Weight: 205
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
   
Drafted: 14th round, 2015 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: Florida
High School: Palm Beach Central (FL)
   

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Bobby Poyner photos by Kelly O'Connor
Pronunciation: POY-nurr
First Pro Contract: June 13, 2015 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Stephen Hargett
Signing Bonus: $10,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2021
MLFA Eligible: November 2021
   
Pro Debut: July 4, 2015 (Lowell)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: March 31, 2018 (BOS)
Service Time (1/21): 109 days
Options Remaining: 1 (2018, 2019)
Contract (2021): MiLB contract
   
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  Physical Description: Undersized for a pitcher, with a mature frame. Well-developed lower half with minimal remaining projection.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot from the first base side of the rubber. Has a funky leg kick, bringing his leg high and then kicking it out sideways before coming to the plate. Short arm action, keeps the ball hidden behind his body so hitters don’t pick the ball up until late.
 
Fastball: 88-91 mph four-seamer. Tops out at 92 mph. Advanced command and control of the pitch. Pitch jumps on hitters and misses bats at the minor league level even though velocity is only average at best. Pounds the strike zone, can locate to both sides of the plate. Potential average offering with command profile and deception that allow pitch to play up.

Changeup: 80-82 mph with backspin. Thrown with deceptive arm speed and has separation from fastball. Shows late fade. Has advanced feel for the offering, willing to throw the pitch in any count and to hitters from both sides of the plate, though it is more effective against right-handed hitters. Induces flyballs.

Slider: 83-85 mph. Clear third pitch, induces flyballs. Has cutter-ish movement.
  Curveball: 73-76 mph. Lacks tilt. Short, vertical movement. Doesn't use often. Below-average offering, seems to be phasing out the pitch.

Career Notes:
Was a surprise addition to the Major League roster out of Spring Training in 2018 as a non-roster invitee. Pitched on a loaded UF pitching staff in college that contained five future first-round picks. Pitched for the Red Sox in 2018, but was inactive for the World Series.

Summation: Projects as an up-and-down middle reliever. Rarely walks hitters and has shown the ability to miss bats in the high minors even with fringy stuff. Fastball/changeup combination allows him to get right-handed hitters out effectively; has posted reverse splits throughout career. Doesn't have a high ceiling, but has a high floor. Strong pitchability and feel on the mound. Knows how to pitch and get hitters out while minimizing hard contact.


Links
Notes from the Field (3.17.16)
Scouting Scratch (7.31.17)

 

 

 
   
     
    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2012 Florida SEC NCAA - 19 1 1 3.18 21 2 0 22.2 26 12 8 3 0 4 16 1.32 6.35 1.59
  2013 Florida SEC NCAA - 20 3 3 3.41 14 7 0 37.0 28 17 14 2 4 7 16 0.95 3.89 1.70
  2014 Florida SEC NCAA - 21 5 3 3.44 27 4 4 55.0 53 26 21 4 4 10 44 1.15 7.20 1.64
  2015 Florida SEC NCAA - 22 5 2 2.56 26 1 4 63.1 52 20 18 6 4 6 58 0.92 8.24 0.85
  2015 Lowell Spinners NYPL A- Bos 22 1 2 2.28 17 0 10 23.2 29 7 6 3 0 2 22 1.31 8.37 0.76
  2016 Greenville Drive SAL A Bos 23 0 0 0.35 16 0 11 26.0 11 2 1 0 0 0 32 0.42 11.08 0.00
  2016 Salem Red Sox Caro A+ Bos 23 3 1 4.99 23 1 4 39.2 44 24 22 4 1 11 30 1.39 6.81 2.50
  2017 Salem Red Sox Caro A+ Bos 24 2 0 2.45 16 0 6 22.0 20 7 6 2 0 6 32 1.18 13.09 2.45
  2017 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 24 0 1 0.94 27 0 9 38.1 19 7 4 2 1 11 52 0.78 12.21 2.58
  2017 Peoria Javelinas AFL Fall Bos 24 0 1 3.60 7 0 0 10.0 10 4 4 1 0 1 10 1.10 9.00 0.90
  2018 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 25 0 0 0.00 1 1 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1.00 9.00 0.00
  2018 Pawtucket Red Sox IL AAA Bos 25 0 0 3.14 33 0 6 43 43 17 15 4 3 11 35 1.26 7.33 2.30
  2018 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 25 1 0 3.22 20 0 0 22.1 22 8 8 4 2 3 24 1.12 9.67 1.21
  2019 Pawtucket Red Sox IL AAA Bos 26 2 5 3.77 43 1 6 57.1 47 27 24 9 3 27 70 1.29 10.99 4.24
  2019 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 26 0 1 6.94 13 1 0 11.2 10 9 9 2 1 5 11 1.29 8.49 3.86
  2020 MiLB Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 27 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
   
     
    2021 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2021 TBD - - Bos 28     stats                            
   
     
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  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  Red Sox Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month (April 2016)
Red Sox Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month (May 2017)
Red Sox Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month (July 2017)
2017 Portland Sea Dogs Pitcher of the Year
  2018 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star  
   

   
     
     
     
 
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