Jayce Boyd was selected in the sixth round of the 2012 draft out of Florida State University. He played both third and first base while attending FSU, and put up very impressive college numbers. He ended his career at FSU with a .349 average, 20 home runs, and 160 RBI. He was a second team All-American in 2012, and after deciding to forego his senior season at FSU, he signed with a Mets and received a$150,000 signing bonus.
“I don’t see any problem with Jayce handling the minor leagues,” said the Mets area scout. “… I honestly see him in the big leagues in three, three and a half years.”
That quote should really be resonating with fans right now, as Boyd has been hammering the ball so far in 2013, and is showing no signs of struggling in the minor leagues at this point. Not at A-Ball, anyway.
Boyd is a plus-defender over at first base — he has soft hands, a strong arm, excellent footwork, and good range. Offensively, he makes good contact, and will profile as a guy that will hit a ton of doubles and always have a solid batting average. He is armed with a smooth, effortless swing — the barrel of the bat always seems to find the ball.
The biggest knock on Boyd seems to be his inability to produce the deep fly, and when you stand 6 feet 3 inches tall, the scouts have a certain expectation when it comes to home run numbers. It doesn’t mean that the power isn’t there. Boyd has excellent power, but it is reserved for the gaps. As he develops, he will tap into the power more.
Boyd has the potential to be a twenty-plus home run guy at the big league level. Hopefully the Mets will not look at his size and see that as a disappointment, and let Boyd continue making noise with his bat at the plate. The most impressive thing about Boyd this season is that he has had more walks than strikeouts, which shows he has an advanced approach at the plate. His approach is like putting square peg into a square hole with regards to the Mets’ offensive philosophy — a perfect fit.
Boyd is definitely a player that Mets fans will want to keep an eye on as he develops over the next couple of years. It will be interesting to see how the Mets handle Boyd moving forward, especially with Ike Davis tabbed as the future at first base. Boyd is a future major leaguer, and could be at Citi Field by the end of 2014. In the meantime, he should be climbing up everyone’s top prospect charts.
Boyd’s Career Stats