2014 Mets Top Prospects: No. 19 Jayce Boyd, 1B

Top 25 Prospects Boyd 19

19. Jayce Boyd

Height: 6’3”
Weight: 185 lbs.
Age: 23
Bats/Throws: Right/Right

I don’t think Jayce Boyd receives enough credit as a prospect. You won’t find him high on many top prospect lists because as a first baseman, he struggles to hit for much power. What he can do, however, is simply hit.

Drafted by the Mets in the 6th round of the 2012 draft out of FSU, Boyd went straight to Low-A ball in Brooklyn that same year and struggled. However, 2013 tells a completely different story. He started in Savannah, completely tearing up the pitching there with a .361 average and .441 OBP in 249 AB’s. After being moved to St. Lucie he continued to impress with a .292 average and .392 OBP. He only hit nine home runs across both levels (659 AB’s) which is what holds him back as a first base prospect, but it is also worth noting he only struck out 91 times across both levels (with 86 BB’s).

His frame should allow him to run into more power in the future but it might be limited due to his wide stance and level swing. He plays sharp defense with soft hands, solid range, and a strong arm so I’m surprised the Mets haven’t tried him out at third base or a corner outfield spot where his advanced hit tool would play much better. Learning to play multiple positions would increase his value in general, especially in the case he ends up a bench player.

Outlook: With his advanced approach and maturity, Jayce should have an easy time making his way through the minor league system. He will most likely begin the year at Binghamton where his talents will be tested more than they were in A ball. If Jayce can continue to hit for such a good average if and when he reaches the big leagues he should have no problem finding a starting job at first whether he runs into more power or not, especially when considering his plus defense.

There are plenty of valuable first basemen in the majors who hit for average but lack plus power. James Loney and Allen Craig come to mind right away and they both start on quality major league ball clubs so you’d have to think Boyd would be able to find a job somewhere if he could hit like them. If he struggles to maintain a high average climbing the minor league system, he may find it worthwhile to learn a few different positions so he could make a living in the majors as a utility player.

MMO TOP 25 PROSPECTS

25. Wilfredo Tovar, SS

24. Juan Centeno, C

23. Cory Mazzoni, RHP

22. Jeff Walters, RHP

21. Jack Leathersich, LHP

20. Luis Mateo, RHP

19. Jayce Boyd, 1B

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  • Taskmaster4450

    Another nice prospect who is flying under the radar. As you mentioned, there are some questions about him in particular and the general question of whether he can reproduce what he did at the higher levels. He might be a guy who surprises.

    Probably a good placement of him at 19 in your rating.

    Keep up the good work.

  • Tom

    That picture could be a young beardless Daniel Murphy.

  • Raww

    Did I read somewhere that he’d injured his shoulder? Is his throwing now limited, or is it just my brain?

  • vigouge

    You’re correct, his shoulder was injured most of the season leading him to only DH in the second half.

  • Wake me up when he hits at Bingo.

  • TexasGusCC

    To be polite, I disagreed with some of the rankings before, but now I am really raising an eyebrow. Boyd at 19? A first baseman that has not shown power, had his average dip when he was promoted to AA, and not known for his fielding is at 19?

  • Jeff Roland

    his average didnt dip in AA…….because he never played there.

    it dipped in high A. still, .330 ba, .400 oba and 83 rbi in 450 ab overall is pretty damn good. and his defense is more than adequate there.

    plus 9 hr is at least some power, especially when 1) he played half the year in the worst power stadium in the minors and then the other half in the known for pitching florida state league, and 2) played the the second half of the year with basically one arm, which was so bad he could only dh and not throw

    he just turned 23 a couple weeks ago and will probably be the 1b in AA to start the year so we’ll see what he’s got

  • 1. You have every right to disagree
    2. He has never played in AA
    3. His average dipped to .292
    4. He is known for his fielding
    5. 1st basemen with average power still have value

  • Wow. That is uncanny.

  • TexasGusCC

    “5. 1st basemen with average power still have value”
    Yes, they do. But, unless he is a very good defensive first baseman, it doesn’t matter if you are a .292 hitter with less than average power in A ball. Any position player with those numbers can qualify for 1B, and still be three levels away.
    I appreciate your willingness to accept disagreement, but prospects should be balanced between their proximity to the majors and their ceiling, IMO. The first two players mentioned have a lower ceiling but can be useful role players, the others are ok in some order, and Boyd we have already discussed. I will look forward to the remainder of the list.
    Also, I should have written A ball, not AA. His average did dip quite a bit there in the second half after getting promoted because he was hitting over .350 in July in Savannah, if I recall.

  • He’s number 19 on my list because he’s only putting up these numbers in A ball. If he was putting up these numbers in AA or AAA he would be a lot higher on the list for me, maybe top 10. He’s going to grow into more power naturally so I like his ceiling as a James Loney type player with potentially more power but we’ll see. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • Raww

    Hooray for my brain! So is this a lingering sort of injury, or will he be 100%?

  • vigouge

    He was supposed to have surgery to correct it after the season.