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Reusse: Hudson Boyd In Better Shape

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#1 John Bonnes

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:17 PM

There is lots of talk about Hudson Boyd's weight, but the might be watching a different number even more closely....

He was clocked consistently from 91 to 94 miles per hour with his fastball in high school. "I topped out at 97 a few times," he said.

The fastball was 91 to 93 last summer at Elizabethton and his strikeouts were low -- 36 in 58 innings.

"I'd like to get a little more velo [velocity] this spring," he said. "I have to work on my changeup, too. Ras showed me a few ways to throw one in instructional league this fall, and I got one that might work."

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#2 glunn


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:44 AM

This is an interesting article. If Boyd can keep in shape, it sounds like he may have a high upside.

#3 Carole Keller

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:52 PM

I had to laugh that his motivation to get healthy was his upcoming 21st birthday ... the last big one to celebrate? Yeah, ok.

#4 Steve Lein

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:22 PM

It was good to see this article saying Boyd dropped some weight. I know he was already a big dude when drafted, but even at Spring Training last year you could tell he was carrying something extra.

Watched him pitch a few times there, and happened to be standing near the coaches to hear their thoughts at one point. They were not happy with him at all, visibly and audibly expressing such. Hopefully dropping some pounds will bring back some fastball life and also helps elsewhere.

Scouting Report: Power: 30, Hitting: 50, Arm: 60, Defense: 45, Speed: 45. "Line drive swing and shows good contact and on-base abilities. Double's power at his peak. Strong arm from 2B or the OF, stiff hands. Not a fast runner, but above average instincts on the bases. Skinny body doesn't look the part, but will sneak up on you. ACL surgery sapped much of his athleticism." (Probably)

#5 Parker Hageman

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:28 PM


Here's a photo Reusse took of him on his Twitter feed, saying he was down 30 pounds from last year.

"You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." -- Jim Bouton, "Ball Four"