If you’re looking at the Boston Red Sox top-30 prospects, you won’t find Bobby Poyner on that list. For anyone that’s watched the reliever this year though, that probably comes as a huge surprise.

Bobby Poyner started the year with the Advanced-A Salem Red Sox. While there, he threw 22 innings and was pretty dominant.

The left-hander was 6-for-6 in save opportunities and had a 2-0 record. Meanwhile, he had a 2.45 earned run average and 1.18 walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP). Finally, opponents were hitting just .233 against him. The most impressive stats though were his 32 strikeouts compared to just six walks.

Due to his great numbers, Poyner was promoted to the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. In 30 innings, he’s been so ridiculous that his Advanced-A numbers look miserable.

I know what you’re thinking, and no – that’s not an exaggeration.

Poyner is once again 6-for-6 in save opportunities, this time he’s 0-0 though. Meanwhile, his ERA is 0.30 and his WHIP is 0.53. Opponents are hitting .111 against him, and he has 39 strikeouts compared to five walks.

I promise, none of that is a typo.

Those numbers lead to the question, when will Poyner see Major League time?

Truthfully, 2017 seems like a stretch. While it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see the 24-year-old jump from Double-A to the Majors, it doesn’t seem to be in the cards this year. The Red Sox already have a strong bullpen, and even more depth in the minors.

Poyner also isn’t on the 40-man roster. Due to that, it seems like a hassle to bring him up in September (expanded rosters) just for him to get a few Major League innings. The Red Sox will likely just use arms already on the 40-man.

Nevertheless, Poyner isn’t far from the Majors. Barring some unknown circumstances, he’s set up nicely to get a fair shot in Spring Training. A strong showing in March could lead to an Opening Day spot on the roster. If nothing else, at least a Triple-A spot with the promotion not far behind.

Bobby Poyner is on the fast-track to the Majors, and the minor league competition can’t be happier about it.

Hunter Noll is a Staff Writer for Outside Pitch MLB. Follow him on Twitter

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