Astros, Boyd agree to terms
The Astros have agreed to terms with eighth-round pick Bobby Boyd, a speedy center fielder from West Virginia University. Boyd told MLB.com on Saturday he expected to sign his contract within the next day or so and report to Tri-City.
“I’m really excited about it,” he said. “It’s definitely a dream come true. I really didn’t expect this day to come. It was amazing.”
The pick, which is 226 overall, comes has an assigned slot bonus of $162,800.
Boyd, a 5-foot-9, 180-pounder, was a junior for the Mountaineers this year and led the team with a batting average of .356. He also tallied 24 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. He garnered All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors for a sophomore season in which he hit .314 and stole 17 bases.
Boyd started that season on a tear, batting .427 in his first 18 games, and was held hitless just once over that stretch. He’s from Silver Spring, Md., and played for St. John’s College High.