Full name is Blaine Thomas Boyer…resides in Milton, Ga., with his wife, Ginsey and children: Levi and Benaiah... Graduated from Walton High School in Marietta, Ga., in 2000…named an All-American in baseball as a senior, as well as all-county and all-state…also lettered in football and basketball in high school... Serves on the board of Help One Now, a charity that cares for orphans and vulnerable children…also worked with the Deliver Fund, which fights against human trafficking.
Appeared in 32 games with the Red Sox after signing with the club as a minor league free agent, April 5... Selected to Boston's roster on May 28, making his Red Sox debut that night vs. Seattle (0.2 IP)... Recorded scoreless outings in 24 of his 32 appearances, including seven-straight between Aug. 31-Sept. 28 (11.2 IP)... Had two stints on the disabled list, missing 10 days with a right elbow strain (July 16-26) and 16 days with a neck strain (Aug. 8-24)... Tied for 14th among AL relievers, inducing seven ground ball double plays... Earned only victory on June 30 at Toronto, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings in the Red Sox's 7-4 win in 11 innings... Fanned a career-high six hitters on July 4 vs. Texas, accounting for all six outs he recorded in a 2.0-inning appearance... Appeared in his 400th Major League game on June 7 at Yankee Stadium.
Spent his first season in Milwaukee, pitching 66.0 innings, his most since a career-high 72.0 in 2008 with ATL…Went to spring training as a non-roster invite and made his second consecutive Opening Day roster... Made 61 appearances after appearing in 68 games in 2015…Is one of 27 right-handers in MLB to have at least 61 appearances each of the last two seasons...Fanned 26, the fewest in MLB among pitchers with at least as many innings as Boyer…The last right-hander with as few strikeouts in as many innings was BOS' Aaron Cook (20 in 94.0 IP) in 2012…Boyer's strikeout rate of 9.2% ranked lowest in MLB (minimum 40 innings)... According to MLB's Statcast, out of 265 pitchers who had at least 150 balls put in play against them, Boyer allowed the lowest rate of barreled balls (1.0 percent)…His average exit velocity measured 86.2 mph and ranked 11th…Created by Tom Tango, the Barreled Ball classification is assigned to batted-ball events whose comparable hit types (in terms of exit velocity and launch angle) have historically led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage...Went more than three outs 14 times, including a season-high 2.0 innings eight times.
An invite to Twins spring training, Minnesota selected his contract on 3/30 and he went on to make 68 appearances, his most since a career-high 76 in 2008 with ATL...Made Twins Opening Day roster, his first Opening Day roster since 2011 with New York (NL)...His 2.49 ERA tied for the 15th-best among AL relievers (minimum 50.0 innings) ...Appeared in 300th career game, 6/27 at MIL...Appeared 42 games pre-All-Star break, tied for most in the AL...Placed on 15-day disabled list, 8/14-8/26 with right elbow inflammation.
Started season with Triple-A El Paso...San Diego selected his contract on 5/22 and made his Padres debut that day vs. CHI, his first MLB game since 4/10/11 with NYM vs. WSH...Returned to El Paso after being designated for assignment, 5/25…Returned to San Diego, 6/15 for the remainder of the season...Retired the first 26 right-handed hitters he faced, 5/22-7/9 before allowing a double to Drew Butera, 7/11 vs. LAD... According to STATS, Inc., it was the longest such streak by a major league pitcher since they started tracking data in 1974...Prior to Boyer, the longest streak belonged to Florida's Eric Ludwick in 1998 and Oakland's Russ Springers in 2009, who both opened their seasons with 24 straight right-handers retired.
Returned to baseball, signing a minor league contract with Kansas City and pitching in 13 games for Triple-A Omaha before joining the Hanshin Tigers in the Nippon Professional Baseball league in Japan ..... Went 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA (5 ER, 15.0 IP) over 13 relief outings for the Omaha Storm Chasers before being released by Kansas City on May 16 ..... Signed with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan on May 21 and fi nished the season in the Nippon League, going 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA (8 ER, 27.0 IP) and 21 strikeouts against four walks over 22 relief appearances.
Blaine chose not pitch in 2012.
Pitched in five games for the Mets, going 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA.
Bounced back from early season struggles to become a consistent arm outof the bullpen, allowing one run or fewer in 35 of his final 41 games...Pitchedto a 1.43 ERA (six earned runs/37.2 innings) in those 35 games...Allowed only three home runs over the course of the season, tied for thethird-lowest total among all pitchers with a minimum of 57.0 innings pitched...Out of a possible 50 chances, got a groundball double play 12 times (24percent) to finish second among National League pitchers...Pitched a season-high 3.0 innings June 23 vs. the New York Yankees....Pitched2.0 innings six other times...In 29 home games, he went 2-1 with a 3.62 ERA (13 earned runs/32.1innings) and .231 opponents average with 13 walks and 16 strikeouts...Went 1-2 with a 7.82 ERA (11 earned runs/12.2 innings) and .333 opponentsaverage in 14 games from April 6-May 16 before being designated forassignment on May 18...Was outrighted to Reno (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League on May 21...Infive appearances for the Aces, he went 1-0 with two saves and a 1.50 ERA(one earned run/6.0 innings pitched) ...Opponents hit .227 (5-22) with a walkand nine strikeouts...Converted two straight save opportunities from May25-June 1...Selected from Reno on June 8...Went 2-0 with a 3.25 ERA (16 earnedruns/44.1 innings pitched) and .255 opponents average with 18 walks and 23strikeouts after returning from Triple-A...Held opponents scoreless in 28 of 40 appearances after rejoining the team...Put together eight consecutive scoreless outings at home (9.1 innings) from July 6-August 7, holding opponents hitlessin four of those contests.
Went 0-2 with a 4.12 ERA in 48 relief appearances with the D-backs, Cardinals and Braves, including a 0-1 record with a 2.68 ERA in 30 games for the D-backs... In 23 road games, had a 1.75 ERA (5 ER in 25.2 IP) and .226 opponents average (21-for-93) with 8 walks and 13 strikeouts... in 25 home games, had a 6.21 ERA (20 ER in 29.0 IP) and a .297 opponents average (35-for-118) with 12 walks and 16 strikeouts... Allowed 11 of 21 inherited runners to score (52.4%) overall, including 8 of 17 (47.1%) with the D-backs... Opened the season with the Braves, going 0-1 with a 40.50 ERA after giving up 6 runs in 1.1 innings of relief over 3 games... Acquired by the Cardinals on April 20 in exchange for outfielder Brian Barton... in 15 games for St. Louis, posted a 4.41 ERA, allowing 8 earned runs in 16.1 innings... Claimed off waivers from the Cardinals on June 8... Did not allow an earned run in a career-best 8 straight road affairs, over 10.0 innings, from Aug. 1-Sept. 1.. Did not allow an earned run in his final 5 games, a span of 4.2 innings, from Sept. 21-Oct. 2.
Tied for ninth in MLB with 76 games pitched....Set career highs in games, innings pitched (72.0 IP), walks (25), strikeouts (67) and losses (6)....Had a 3.16 ERA in 31 day games (31.1 IP) and a 7.97 ERA in 45 night games (40.2 IP). He also had a3.93 ERA in 51 games before the All-Star break and had a 11.17 ERA in 25 games after the break....Over his last 19 games, since 7/30, he allowed 20 ER on 21 hits (5 HR) in 15.0 IP (12.00 ERA)....In May, went 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA and a .218 opponents average in 15 games....Allowed 8 ER on 8 hits in 3.1 innings pitched, including 2 HR over his final four appearances (9/2-9/17)....Had his string of eight scoreless outings (dating to 7/6) snapped by allowing three runs 7/26 at PHI....Went a career-high 2.1 IP on 6/4 vs. FLA (2.1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K)....On 5/24, won first game since 9/25/05 with 1.2 scoreless innings of relief vs. ARI....Picked up his first major league save 5/14 at PHI, allowing one run on three hits in 1.1 IP....Allowed a season-high four runs on three hits in 0.1 IP on 4/29 at WSH....Surrendered a two-run homer to M. Holliday in the 8th inning on 4/8 at COL for his first BS and second loss....Matched his then career high with 2.0 IP on 4/3 vs. PIT and struck out in his first MLB at-bat in the 5th inning.
Started the season on the disabled list after straining an oblique muscle during Spring Training when hewent 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in five games (1 ER/7.0 IP, .174 opponents' avg.). He was activated on 5/7. Made eight appearances at Richmond (AAA) before being recalled to Atlanta on 6/5. He made five reliefappearances from 6/5-12 (0-0, 3.38 ERA) before being optioned back to Richmond on 6/14. He made his first start with the R-Braves on 5/31 at ROC, his first start since 5/22/05 with Mississippi (AA). In 12 starts, he was 3-3 with a 4.75 ERA and in nine relief appearances he was 1-0 with a 3.10 ERA andtwo saves. Finished strong, going 2-1 with a 1.74 ERA in four August games (two starts).
Appeared in just two games in an injury-shortened season...Had surgery on his right shoulder on 4/18 and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on 6/24...Was on the Braves' Opening Day roster, and pitched in two games in the season-opening series at LAD,but was optioned to Richmond after his second outing on 4/5...Allowed hits to four of the five batters he faced on 4/3 at LAD, allowing three runs in just 0.1 IP...Appeared in three spring games (2.1 IP) and allowed three hits and one walk.
Appeared in 43 games for the Braves as a rookie, boasting a 3.11 ERA and a .234 opponentsavg...Left 9/26 game with a strained right shoulder and returned in the season finale 10/2 at FLA, allowingthree runs without recording an out, pushing his season ERA from 2.39 to 3.11...Went 4-1 with a 2.05 ERA in23 games at Turner Field; was 0-1, 4.60 on the road...Posted a 1.52 ERA in 30 night games and a 9.00 markin 13 day games...Did not allow a run in 13 August appearances (13.1 IP)...Had his first blown save, butnotched his second win, 9/5 vs. NYM (1.0 IP, 1 R)...Had 15 consecutive scoreless outings (15.1 IP) from 8/2to 9/3...Earned his first Major League win 8/10 vs. SF, entering in the 11th and going 2.0 innings for the firsttime...Took the loss in his ML debut 6/12 vs. OAK (1.0 IP, 2 H, 1R). Fanned D. Johnson for first career strikeout...Was recalled from Mississippi (AA) on 6/12, as RHP Roman Colon was optioned to Richmond (AAA)...Pitched in 14 games (eight starts) at Mississippi and went 2-4 with a 5.03 ERA (1-0, 2.25 as a starter).
Was selected to the 2004 Carolina League All-Star team...Led the Carolina League with 154.0 IP, was fifth with a 2.98 ERA and was tied for fifth with 10 wins...The Sports Network selected him as the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for the week of 5/3. In twostarts, he was 1-0 with a 0.68 ERA and held opponents to a .178 batting average. He struck out ninebatters and walked none in 13.1 IP...Earned first win of the season 4/9 against Wilmington throwing 5.0 innings of scoreless baseball, allowingjust two hits and striking out five Blue Rocks in a 7-0 Pelicans win...Went 7.1 innings only allowing four hits and one run on 5/2 vs. Lynchburg. It was his second win of theseason as the Pelicans won 3-1...Tossed 6.0 innings of five-hit, shutout baseball against the Lynchburg Hillcats on 7/17, earning his 7th winof the year as the Pelicans defeated the 'Cats 5-0.
Ranked 5th in the South Atlantic League in wins (12)...Was a key member of the 2003 SAL Champion Rome Braves rotation...Went 8-0 with a 1.81 ERA in 10 games from July 9-August 26 (54.2 IP, 44 H, 16 R, 11 ER, 21 BB, 45 K)...August 4 pitched 7.0 shutout innings (2 H, 1 BB, 4 K) in a 3-1 victory over Lexington...Was 7-1 with a 2.98 ERA in 57.1 IP in 14 road games...Led Rome with 12 wins, ranked 3rd on the team with 136.2 IP and 115 K.
Had a rough month of April (1-4, 8.74 ER, 11.1 IP), but came back strong in June to go 1-0 witha 1.17 ERA in 15.1 innings of work...His 73 strikeouts led the Macon bullpen.
Pitched 6 shutout innings in 4-1 win over Bluefield (3 H, 1 BB, 7 K)...Struck out 9 batters in 7.1IP in 14-3 defeat of Kingsport on August 9 (3 R, 3 H, 9 K, 1 BB)...From July 30bAugust 20, went 3-0 witha 3.18 ERA in 5 games (22.2 IP, 17 H, 11 R, 8 ER, 6 BB, 24 K).
Began career with the Braves Rookie Gulf Coast League...Tallied a record of 1-3 in first year inprofessional baseball...Turned in a 2.51 ERA, 6th best on the team...9 ER in 11 G second best on the teamamong pitchers playing in at least 10 games.