Poyner appeared in 16 games for the Advanced-A Salem Red Sox and posted a 2.45 earned run average in 22 innings. Poyner racked up 32 strikeouts in that time, converted all six save opportunities he was given, posted a 1.18 walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) and opponents hit just .233 against him.
Due to those numbers, the 24-year-old was shipped to the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. There, he’s taken his dominance to a whole new level.
Poyner has appeared in 12 games while with Portland in 2017. He’s thrown 20 1/3 innings and is 3-for-3 in save opportunities. He has a 0.44 ERA and a 0.59 WHIP with 28 strikeouts and opponents are hitting a measly .130 against him.
The scary thing is, Poyner’s only getting better as time goes by. In fact, if we were given dimes for every run the Florida native has given up in his last 11 1/3 innings…
He’s not slowing down either. Poyner threw a perfect inning on Thursday.
The left-hander has been solid his entire time in the Boston organization. The Red Sox drafted him in the 14th round of the 2015 draft. He then went on to post a 2.28 ERA in 23 2/3 innings for the Lowell Spinners that year.
In 2016, Poyner spent time between Full-A and Advanced-A. He combined to throw 65 2/3 innings and boasted a 3.15 ERA. His numbers in Full-A were ridiculous, but he struggled in Advanced-A.
Clearly, this year is different. Poyner figured out Advanced-A and wasted no time doing the same to Double-A hitters.
At this pace, Poyner is becoming a name to look out for. The Red Sox might need some left-handed relieving help in the near future. There are some names that could come before him, but Poyner’s clearly earned at least some consideration.
Even if he isn’t called up in 2017, expect to see Poyner pitching in the majors relatively soon. After all, it’s hard to ignore a 0.44 ERA.