|Boston Red Sox – No. 66|
Born: December 1, 1992|
West Palm Beach, Florida
|March 31, 2018, for the Boston Red Sox|
|MLB statistics |
(through September 23, 2018)
|Earned run average||2.33|
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.
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. He enrolled at the University of Florida and played college baseball for the Florida Gators from 2012 through 2015.
Minor League Baseball
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, 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. In 65 2⁄3 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. He posted a combined 2–1 record, 1.49 ERA, and 0.93 WHIP with 84 strikeouts in 60 1⁄3 total innings pitched between the two teams. After the regular season, he pitched in the Arizona Fall League.
Major League Baseball
Poyner made his MLB debut on March 31, pitching 2⁄3 of an inning against the Tampa Bay Rays while allowing one hit, a home run by Carlos Gómez. Poyner recorded his first major league win on April 5, pitching two innings of scoreless relief, again against Tampa Bay. 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. 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. Poyner was recalled to Boston on May 15, made two appearances, and sent back to Triple-A on May 24. On June 2, Poyner was recalled to Boston, made one appearance, and returned to Pawtucket on June 7. He was again recalled to Boston on July 14, but did not make an appearance before being returned to Triple-A on July 21. Poyner was called up to Boston on September 1, when rosters expanded. He finished the season with a 1–0 record in 20 appearances with Boston, recording a 3.22 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 22 1⁄3 innings. Poyner was not included on Boston's postseason roster.
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