Saturday, April 20, 2013

Matt Boyd, Oregon State LHP is ambidextrous

Matthew Boyd
Matt Boyd LHP
Born February 2, 1991 in Bellevue, WA
Hometown: Mercer Island, WA

High School: Eastside Catholic 2009

College: Oregon State University (OSU)

MLB First-Year Player Draft
Boyd was drafted in the 13th round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft by Cincinnati but did not sign.

Following his senior year at OSU, LHP Matt Boyd was drafted in the 6th round (175th overall) of the  2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft by Toronto. Read more

Matt Boyd is now in the big leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Height/Weight: 6' 3", 215 lb

Position: Pitcher
Throws: Left (throws a football right-handed)
Velocity: 95 mph 

Other sports: football, hockey

Matt Boyd is a left-handed pitcher with the Toronto Blue Jays. A natural right-hander, he started throwing a baseball left-handed when he was five years old. 

Boyd was a starting left-handed pitcher for the Oregon State Beavers in the PAC 12, with a 7-2 record in 2013.

"Boyd arrived at Oregon State as a pitcher-first baseman who hit .464 and had an 0.84 ERA with 91 strikeouts in 58 innings as a prep senior."

Matt Boyd makes his MLB debut in 2015

Big leagues can wait as Boyd makes pitch for NCAA title
OSU's versatile lefty focuses on his game, not MLB offers
Portland Tribune, April 4, 2013

Oregon State senior Matt Boyd, a former hockey player and first baseman-outfielder, has developed into a top starter. He does some things right-handed, but pitches left-handed.

Kurt Boyd is responsible for Boyd, who is ambidextrous, throwing the baseball left-handed.
“I throw a football right-handed,” he says. “I eat and write right-handed. I bat left-handed and play hockey left-handed. Dad made me throw the baseball left-handed when I was about 5.
“If I really wanted to work at it, I’d like to think I could pitch right-handed. But it’s worked out pretty well the way it is.”
Casey says Boyd has big-league potential.
“Absolutely, whether as a starter or setup guy,” the OSU skipper says. “He is going to continue to get strength and develop. Four-pitch guys are hard to find. He touched 94, 95 (mph) at the Cape last year. The velocity is in there. He’s a guy who can pitch in the major leagues.”

Follow Matt Boyd @mattboyd31

Matt Boyd Bio - OREGON STATE

Matt Boyd Baseball Profile | Perfect Game USA

OSU baseballMatt Boyd selected by Reds in MLB Draft's 13th ...

Oregon State's Matt Boyd named to pitcher of the year watch list

Everyday Champion: Matt Boyd - Oregon State University Athletics

Note: Matt Boyd is not a switch pitcher, but is ambidextrous. He throws a baseball left-handed and a football right-handed.


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