Bobby Poyner

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Bobby Poyner
Boston Red Sox – No. 66
Born: (1992-12-01) December 1, 1992 (age 25)
West Palm Beach, Florida
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
March 31, 2018, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
(through September 23, 2018)
Win–loss record 1–0
Earned run average 2.33
Strikeouts 20

Robert William Poyner (born December 1, 1992) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He throws and bats left-handed, and is listed at 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 m) and 205 pounds (93 kg). He made his MLB debut in March 2018.

Early years[edit]

Poyner attended Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington, Florida. He played for the school's baseball team, but suffered a torn labrum in 2011, his senior year.[1] He enrolled at the University of Florida and played college baseball for the Florida Gators from 2012 through 2015.[2]

Minor League Baseball[edit]

The Boston Red Sox selected Poyner in the 14th round, with the 411th overall selection, of the 2015 MLB draft. After he signed, he made his professional debut with the Lowell Spinners of the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League,[3] and spent the whole season there, pitching to a 1–2 record and 2.28 ERA in 17 relief appearances.

Poyner began the 2016 season with the Greenville Drive of the Class A South Atlantic League, and was promoted in June to the Salem Red Sox of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League.[4] In ​65 23 innings pitched between the two teams, he compiled a 3–1 record and 3.15 ERA.

In 2017, Poyner started the season with Salem, and was promoted to the Portland Sea Dogs of the Double-A Eastern League.[5] He posted a combined 2–1 record, 1.49 ERA, and 0.93 WHIP with 84 strikeouts in ​60 13 total innings pitched between the two teams.[6] After the regular season, he pitched in the Arizona Fall League.

Major League Baseball[edit]

In 2018, the Red Sox invited Poyner to spring training as a non-roster player to compete for a major league role;[7] he was named to Boston's Opening Day roster.[8]

Poyner made his MLB debut on March 31, pitching ​23 of an inning against the Tampa Bay Rays while allowing one hit, a home run by Carlos Gómez.[9] Poyner recorded his first major league win on April 5, pitching two innings of scoreless relief, again against Tampa Bay.[10] On April 12, Poyner was placed on the 10-day disabled list, due to a left hamstring strain; he was subsequently sent to Double-A Portland and the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox on rehabilitation assignments, and then optioned to Pawtucket.[11] He was recalled to Boston on May 4, pitched one inning that day against the Texas Rangers, and optioned back to Pawtucket the next day.[12] Poyner was recalled to Boston on May 15, made two appearances, and sent back to Triple-A on May 24.[12] On June 2, Poyner was recalled to Boston, made one appearance, and returned to Pawtucket on June 7.[13] He was again recalled to Boston on July 14, but did not make an appearance before being returned to Triple-A on July 21.[14] Poyner was called up to Boston on September 1, when rosters expanded.[15] He finished the season with a 1–0 record in 20 appearances with Boston, recording a 3.22 ERA and 24 strikeouts in ​22 13 innings. Poyner was not included on Boston's postseason roster.[16]


  1. ^ Matt Porter (April 7, 2011). "Baseball: Palm Beach Central ace Bobby Poyner shut down for season | High School Buzz". Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  2. ^ "Bobby Poyner". Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  3. ^ Frongillo, Carmine (July 22, 2015). "Poyner saves the Spinners again - Lowell Sun Online". Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "Greenville Drive's closer promoted". June 1, 2016. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "On Baseball: Reliever Bobby Poyner earns manager's trust - Portland Press Herald". July 17, 2017. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "Bobby Poyner Stats, Highlights, Bio - Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  7. ^ Smith, Christopher (January 25, 2018). "Bobby Poyner, Boston Red Sox prospect, will compete for lefty reliever role with improved changeup, new cutter". Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  8. ^ Smith, Christopher (March 26, 2018). "Boston Red Sox Opening Day 25-man roster: Marcus Walden, Bobby Poyner win final spots in bullpen".
  9. ^ "Red Sox vs. Rays - Play-By-Play". ESPN. March 31, 2018. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  10. ^ "Rays vs. Red Sox - Box Score". April 5, 2018. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  11. ^ "Red Sox Roster & Staff – Transactions". April 2018. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Red Sox Roster & Staff – Transactions". May 2018. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  13. ^ "Red Sox Roster & Staff – Transactions". June 2018. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  14. ^ "Red Sox Roster & Staff – Transactions". July 2018. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  15. ^ "Red Sox Roster & Staff – Transactions". September 2018. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
  16. ^ Miller, Randy (October 5, 2018). "MLB playoffs 2018: Boston Red Sox set 25-man roster for ALDS vs. New York Yankees". Retrieved October 5, 2018.

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