The Minnesota Twins farm system is currently chock full of talented young arms. In this case, it is apparently so stacked that the Cedar Rapids Kernels are able to part ways with Hudson Boyd, at least for now.
Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press is reporting that Boyd has been suspended by the Kernels. After getting a comment from Brad Steil, the Twins farm director, that looks to be the case.
Currently serving as the closer for the Cedar Rapids Kernels, the Twins Single-A team, Hudson Boy had posted a 4.53 ERA and a 4-2 record on the season. However, in July he had pitched to a 1.13 ERA in eight innings.
Boyd was the 55th overall pick by the Minnesota Twins in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft. he was signed for a $1 million signing bonus out of high school in Florida and has struggled with controlling weight issues throughout his pro career.
Hudson Boyd has failed to move through the Twins farm system as control issues have plagued him for much of his career, however, a strong summer for Cedar Rapids could have set him on the right course.
At this point, the Twins have not released a statement on the situation, and there has been no indication as to what “team rules” exactly were broken. Look for more information to surface in the coming days.
In the meantime, Boyd will remain on the roster and will undoubtedly await further information as to what his future will hold with both the Kernels and the Twins.