Joe Boyle was really good on Tuesday night. Scratch that, Joe Boyle was fantastic on Tuesday night. Nah, that still doesn't do it justice, Joe Boyle's performance on Tuesday night was otherworldly. There ya go, we'll go with that.
Seriously, the Cincinnati Reds pitching prospect struck out 10 batters over four no-hit innings on Tuesday night. Boyle was on cruise control as he sat down 10 consecutive batters, nine of which came via strikeout.
Boyle is rated by MLB Pipeline as the Reds 29th best prospect. But if the Notre Dame product keeps putting up performances like he did last night, he'll be a Top 100 prospect by the end of the season.
Reds prospect Joe Boyle had 10 K's in 4 scoreless innings last night.
Joe Boyle was the Cincinnati Reds fifth-round pick in the 2020 MLB Draft. The right-hander was known to have impressive velocity but was a bit erratic. So far this season, the velocity is still there and Boyle seems to have improved his command as well.
To give you an idea of the velocity, Boyle's fastball is in the same category as Hunter Greene's. While Boyle started last night's game for the Dayton Dragons, most scouts view the 6-foot-7 hurler as a late-inning reliever.
Tuesday night was not Boyle's only dominant performance of the season thus far. The 22-year-old struck out seven batters over four frames in his first game with High-A Dayton this season. Boyle has an eye-popping 60.7% strikeout-rate.
Boyle was injured for the majority of the 2021 season and started just four games with the Reds Low-A affiliate, the Daytona Tortugas. Boyle struck out batters at an impressive clip (49.1% K-rate), but also owned a less than desirable 22.8% walk-rate.
If Joe Boyle can keep the free passes to a minimum and still punch out batters at a ridiculous rate, he'll fly up the farm system ranking and be in Double-A Chattanooga by the All-Star break. Boyle has elite stuff, and he proved it on Tuesday night in Dayton.