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Blaine Boyer
Birthdate: 7/11/1981 (35 y, 8 m, 12 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/215     Position: P
Drafted: 2000 June Amateur Draft - Round: 3, Pick: 30, Overall: 100, Team: Atlanta Braves
Contract: $0.2M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Boyer has been touching 96 mph with his fastball this spring, a marked improvement over previous seasons, Mark Bowman of reports. (3/14/2017)
Profiles:  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Do you know who was the most difficult pitcher to barrel up in 2016? I'll give you one guess. Since you're on his player page — though I can't possibly think of a reason why you should be — it was Blaine freakin' Boyer. Among pitchers with at least 200 balls in play, Boyer's 1.0% barrels-per-batted-ball-event and 0.7% barrels-per-plate-appearance led baseball. His average exit velocity on balls hit in the air also ranked best in the majors at 86.9 mph, helping to explain his microscopic home run rate. By any batted-ball metric, Boyer was one of the very best pitchers in the game in 2016. Unfortunately, balls in play is just one, albeit very significant, aspect of pitching. For as prolific as his batted ball management was, Boyer's ability to miss bats was equally dilettantish. Among relievers who tossed at least 60 innings, Boyer was the proud owner of the league's worst strikeout rate (by a significant margin, no less) and second-worst swinging-strike rate. Boyer's utter inability to miss bats and near non-existent usage in high-leverage situations renders his preeminent contact management little more than a novelty piece of trivia that will never come up on Trivia Night at any bar anywhere. Ever. (Rylan Edwards)

The Quick Opinion: Boyer has no value in leagues of any size. Though if you happen to be on the forefront of fantasy baseball and play in a league that includes StatCast batted-ball data, he should be your number one pick.

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