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Blue Jays keep arms coming with Boyd in Round 6

Blue Jays keep arms coming with Boyd in Round 6

Blue Jays keep arms coming with Boyd in Round 6

The Blue Jays selected college left-handed pitcher Matt Boyd in the sixth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, making the club 6-for-6 in getting pitchers to open the Draft.

Boyd spent his first three years at Oregon State as a reliever, but transitioned to a starter for the first time as a senior this spring after not signing with the Cincinnati Reds, who took him in the 2012 Draft.

As a starter, he's shown the ability to mix four pitches well, all of which could be Major League average as he develops them. Along with logging double-digit victories this spring, Boyd led the Beavers during the regular season in innings pitched, strikeouts and complete games.

Big, strong and durable, Boyd throws his fastball, curve, slider and changeup around the plate consistently and varies his arm slot to give hitters different looks.

Boyd could remain a starter at the next level, though his Draft selection comes with the insurance of knowing that he also had success as a lower-angle lefty reliever in the past.

Evan Peaslee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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