Round 4, Pick 102: Joe Boyle, University of Notre Dame, RHP
By the time the fourth round rolls around, the Detroit Tigers need to take Joe Boyle if he is still on the table. Boyle is a 6-foot-7, 225-pound right-handed pitcher with an electric arm that lights up the radar gun.
Boyle is a product of Notre Dame and has the tools to be a reliable flamethrowing relief arm if he can find his way into the strike zone and gain some control over his pitches. Finding the zone is a struggle for Boyle, but if he can get that under control in the minors, he could be a phenomenal relief arm.
In 2019, Boyle pitched in 18 games, totaling 25.2 innings pitched while posting a 5.96 ERA, with a 1.60 WHIP while striking out 39 hitters for the Fighting Irish. Though the 2020 season was sort of scrapped before be could get the chance to pitch in a lot of games.
In 2020, Boyle pitched in six games with 8.1 total innings pitched where he had a 3.24 ERA and a 1.92 WHIP while striking out 17 hitters. The issue with Boyle’s stats comes with his 14.0 BB/9 rating that shows how Boyle can’t always find the zone.
However, the Tigers should still select Boyle if the opportunity presents itself as he could develop into a better strike-throwing reliever who runs it up on the gun. Boyle sits in the high-90s while having run it up to 102 on occasion. He is worth a look if he is still on the board.
Honorable Mentions: C Casey Opitz, RHP Bryce Bonnin, RHP Patrick Rielly