Blaine Boyer

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Blaine Boyer
Blaine Boyer 2011.jpg
Boyer while with the New York Mets
San Diego Padres – No. 58
Relief pitcher
Born: (1981-07-11) July 11, 1981 (age 32)
Atlanta, Georgia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 12, 2005 for the Atlanta Braves
Career statistics
(through May 22, 2014)
Win–loss record 9–14
Earned run average 4.77
Strikeouts 163
Saves 2
Teams

Blaine Thomas Boyer (born July 11, 1981) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously played in MLB for the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, and New York Mets.

Baseball career[edit]

Boyer was drafted by the Braves on June 13, 2000 in the 3rd round of the 2000 Draft, after attending George Walton Comprehensive High School in Marietta, Georgia. His first season of pro baseball was with the rookie league team the Gulf Coast Braves, where he went 1–3 with a 2.51 ERA.

Atlanta Braves[edit]

Boyer with the Braves in 2008

In his first season, playing for the Atlanta Braves as a midseason call-up, he went 4–2 with a 3.11 ERA in 37.2 innings. Boyer went 4–5 with a 4.52 ERA and 57 strikeouts with the Danville Braves in 2001. The next year, he played with the Class A team the Macon Braves and led the bullpen with 73 strikeouts.

In 2003, Boyer stayed with the Macon Braves when they moved to Rome. That year he finished 5th in the league in wins with 12, and also led the team in wins. He finished the year with a 12–8 record and a 3.69 ERA. He also recorded a minor-league career-high 115 strikeouts.

In 2004, Boyer played with Class A Myrtle Beach. He led the Carolina League with 154 innings pitched and was selected to the Carolina League All-Star team. He was elected the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 3 by The Sports Network.

On June 12, 2005, Blaine was called up to the major leagues directly from the AA Mississippi Braves, and made his debut that day against the Oakland Athletics. He went 4–1 with a 2.05 ERA in 23 games at Atlanta's home field, Turner Field.

On May 14, 2008, Blaine Boyer pitched 1.1 innings to record his first Major League save against the Philadelphia Phillies.[1]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

On April 20, 2009, Blaine was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for Brian Barton, after a few months with the organization, on June 4 Boyer was designated for assignment. On June 8, Boyer was claimed by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

New York Mets[edit]

Boyer signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets on January 21, 2011. The deal included an invitation to spring training. On April 10, 2011, Boyer was designated for assignment.[1]

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

Boyer signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 20, 2011.[2] He was released on June 18.[3]

Return to St. Louis[edit]

He signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals on July 5, 2011. He was assigned to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds.[4] He was released on August 13, after allowing 26 runs in 16 innings for Memphis.[5]

Kansas City Royals[edit]

Boyer signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals on January 3, 2013.[6]

Hanshin Tigers[edit]

Boyer played for the Hanshin Tigers in 2013.

San Diego Padres[edit]

Boyer signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres on January 9, 2014. His contract was selected from the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas on May 22.[7] He was designated for assignment on May 25, and outrighted back to El Paso on May 27.[8] He was called back up on June 15.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mets calling up two relievers". ESPN. April 10, 2011. Retrieved April 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ Pirates Sign Blaine Boyer, Brett Sinkbeil, MLBTradeRumors.com, April 20, 2011.
  3. ^ Axisa, Mike. "Pirates Release Blaine Boyer". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved June 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Cardinals Sign Blaine Boyer, Ron Mahay". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ Axisa, Mike. "Cardinals Release Blaine Boyer". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ https://twitter.com/Royals_Report/status/286949220206923776
  7. ^ http://www.sfchronicle.com/sports/article/Thursday-s-Sports-Transactions-5500057.php
  8. ^ Brock, Corey (May 27, 2014). "Buckner, Boyer outrighted to Triple-A". MLB.com. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 

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