Earlier this week we saw Dayton Dragons starting pitcher Joe Boyle named as the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week after he threw 6.0 hitless innings in his start against West Michigan. That just capped off his month of May and the it led to him being named as the Midwest League Pitcher of the Month.

After a dominant April that only had three starts in it, Joe Boyle kicked off May with 4.0 shutout innings against Lake County where he struck out six and walked three. The next time out he threw 4.2 hitless innings, but did walk six batters and allowed a run while striking out seven. On May 17th he returned to take on Quad Cities in Dayton and allowed a run on three hits and two walks while striking out eight batters in 6.0 innings. His 6.0 hitless innings against West Michigan followed on the 24th. On the final day of the month he allowed his first home run of the season and it accounted for the only run he allowed in 4.0 innings against South Bend.

All of that added up to five starts that covered 24.2 innings with a 1.09 ERA. The right-handed starter allowed just eight hits – including one double and one home run – but did walk 17 batters while striking out 34 of the 96 hitters he faced off against during the month. Opponents hit just .101/.260/.152 against him, going 8-79. That was better than the .026 they hit against him in April, though he only faced 49 batters over his first three starts of the season.

The walks continue to be a concern for Boyle, but when he’s finding the strikezone he’s been nearly unhittable this season. He’s now made eight starts and has allowed nine hits in 37.2 innings, posted a 0.72 ERA, held batters to a .077/.255/.111 line, walked 27 of the 145 batters he’s faced, and racked up 56 strikeouts.

13 Responses

  1. DaveCT

    Congrat’s to Boyle. I have been a skeptic but may be close to admitting the error of my ways.

    That said, BA has Dylan Lesko falling to the Reds in the latest mock draft, in consideration of some injury concerns combined with the Reds having a larger bonus pool. Now that would be something to crow about.

    Doug, let me thus make a formal request for a 2022 draft article to get us going.

    • Randy in Chatt

      I don’t know Dave. I’d be all for the Reds going for some hitting in the next draft, especially some LH hitting. We have a slew of young RH hitting, mainly infielders (India, Senzel, Stephenson, McClain, Barrero, Torres, etc.) I think our young pitching looks extremely solid for the next 4-6 years (Greene, Lodolo, Ashcraft, Petty, Williamson, Santillan, Abbott, Bonnin, Roa, Boyle, etc.).

      I’m hoping for some good LH outfielders so DeLauter, Beavers and Thompson look very appealing to me.

      • Dee

        I will agree with the hope for a good lh outfielder. How about asking SanDiego for the center fielder fron Tennessee that plays with Fort Wayne. He was their 1st round pick a couple of years ago and really looks good. Maybe a deal for Castillo would get the Padres over the top and we could get long term help. Their GM has been known to do that kind of thing in the past.

      • DaveCT

        Thanks for the reply, Nate.

        DeLauter would be a steal at 18, IMO. I’d be all over that pick. But I do have to admit, taking a top 5 guy guy at 18 is tempting. The lacking in the organization, overall, is elite talent, especially among position players. While we may have hit goldust with De La Cruz and possibly a one or two others (Almonte), most of our position players are the occasional All Star guys, not Barry Larkin or Eric Davis. So I’m leaning towards acquiring as much elite talent as we can.

      • Kdavis

        I am with you Randy. They need position players. I would like to see them draft a college outfielder who is perceived to be close to MLB ready.

    • Doug Gray

      Got some draft-related stuff on my schedule for either Monday or Tuesday! It feels so much later than usual to just now be getting started with the draft stuff, but with the draft now taking place in Mid-July instead of early June the timeline is just so different.