By Jerry Del Priore
Infielder/outfielder Jayce Boyd had a fine 2017 campaign with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s of the New York Mets, slugging .297 with a career-best 11 home runs and 46 RBI in 246 at bats in 92 games. Tack on 39 runs scored, 18 doubles, a triple, a .371 on base percentage, .512 slugging percentage, and a solid .883 OPS, and you have the makings of a stellar season.
But he didn’t have a team this year until the independent American Association St. Paul Saints signed him to a deal recently, the team announced Friday.
The Texas Rangers originally selected Boyd in the 19th round of the MLB First Year Player Draft in 2009 out of J.M. Tate (FL) High School. However, he chose to play college baseball at Florida State University.
Boyd’s decision to attended college turned out to be a wise one, as the Mets plucked him with the sixth round of the 2012 draft. He started out his professional career with the short-season Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones, batting .239 with five homers, 18 RBI and nine two-baggers in 201 at-bats in 54 contests that same year.
The six-foot-one, 219-pounder worked his way up the Mets ladder within a few seasons, reaching Triple-A in 2015 and again in ’17 before inking with his present club, the Saints.
For his affiliated minor league career, Boyd batted .290, cracked 36 dingers, and 261 RBI with a .367 OBP in 1887 at-bats in 463 games.