Two interesting tidbits of information about some prospects that I haven’t heard too much about myself recently came out in Adam Rubin’s Farm Report this morning. Check it out:
Jayce Boyd, who is hitting a combined .334 between Savannah and St. Lucie this season, exclusively has served as DH since June 29 with the Florida State League club. Boyd, a first baseman drafted in the sixth round last year out of Florida State, has been instructed not to throw by team doctors. He is due to undergo shoulder surgery after the season. The injury does not restrict Boyd’s hitting.
Trying to limit left-hander Steven Matz’s innings, the Mets skipped his last turn with Savannah. Matz has logged 81 innings this season. His previous two seasons were limited because of a prolonged recovery from Tommy John surgery and other injuries.
Rubin told me that he only knows as much as he wrote about the injury to Boyd, which is weird to begin with, but I guess it can’t be that bad if he can still hit. Boyd has been swinging a hot stick throughout the entirety of the 2013 season, but this will likely slow his progress a little bit. We’ll update you on the situation as we find out more, but I’d like to believe this is minor and whatever surgery Boyd needs in the off-season is also minor.
As for Steven Matz, I don’t mind them skipping the start. The Mets are likely to protect him on the 40-man roster this offseason to prevent him from being taken in the Rule V Draft, so they’re looking to protect his future at the same time. Matz has come back looking sharp this season with a lot of life on his fastball.