Twins select RHP Hudson Boyd with the 55th pick in the MLB Draft
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins selected right-handed pitcher Hudson Boyd with the 55th overall pick in baseball's first-year player draft on Monday.
Only 19 years old, Boyd is a big body at 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds. So far in 2011, Boyd has struck out 39 batters in 16 innings of work, including two 15-strikeout games. He has committed to the University of Florida.
"Definitely looking to do what is best for me and my family," Boyd sad in a conference call. "Obviously, it is a huge honor to be drafted but at the same time it has to be a good situation for me and my family. I am confident that things will get done so we will see how it plays out.
"I have never heard anyone say something bad about the Twins. so I couldn't be happier to be drafted by them."
A native of Fort Myers, Fla., Boyd has been on the Twins radar for a long time, according to director of scouting Deron Johnson.
"We know this guy about better than anyone on the board," Johnson said.
When asked what type of pitcher he was, Boyd joked he was a "praying pitcher," explaining that he "prays they don't hit it."
"Variety, 90-94, throw strikes, try to work ahead and compete and be around the strike zone," Boyd said. "Be dependable. Be durable. Just be reliable for my teammates and coaches."
Johnson said he has seen Boyd reach up to 97 mph on the gun and compares him to Jonathon Broxton of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Johnson said he does not anticipate any trouble getting Boyd signed.