The Minnesota Twins release former first round pick Hudson Boyd

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The Twins announced that they have released 2011 first draft pick, RHP Hudson Boyd.  That was the draft that the Twins had 3 first round picks (Levi Michael and Travis Harrison were selected before Boyd,) and quickly turns into a disappointment.   No players have made the majors with the Twins from that draft, and while Michael and Harrison still have prospect status,  Boyd joined second rounder Madison Boer, fourth rounder Matt Summers, fifth rounder Tyler Grimes, and seventh rounder Steven Gruber, in the list of the retired/released.  Third rounder Corey Williams came back last season after Tommy John surgery and sixth rounder Derek Rodriguez is making the transition from an outfielder to a pitcher.

Boyd was selected from the Fort Myers High School so was heavily scouted by the Twins.  The former starting pitching prospect fought weight and drug problems and did not make it above single A, where as a 21 year old, fully transitioned into the pen and posted a 4.34 ERA, 1.431 WHIP, 7 K/9 and 1.45 K/BB line in his last season, 2014.  He was suspended 50 games in 2015 and did not pitch at all.

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