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Palo Alto grad Boyd starts his pro baseball career with A's

Palo Alto's B.J. Boyd was true to his word, signing his first professional contract less than a week after being drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the fourth round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft.

"I told myself if I got drafted I was going to sign no matter what," Boyd said.

Boyd arrived at the A's spring training facilities at Papago Park in Phoenix on Wednesday, where he will work out under the direction of A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman.

"He's my next call," Boyd said. "I just got here and I'm ready to go."

Boyd hasn't been told where he will be playing this summer, though it's likely he may stay in Arizona. He's one of 21 A's draft picks (of 43) who have signed, and is the only high school player to have signed.

The A's used five of their first seven picks to draft a high school player. Boyd is one of eight of the top 18 picks who have agreed to terms. Birmingham Southern catcher Bruce Maxwell, taken in the second round, is the highest draft pick to sign.

Other outfielders who have signed and are either in Arizona or en route include 10th round pick Brett Vertigan of UC Santa Barbara, 20th round pick Herschel Powell of Orange Coast JC and 22th round pick Matthew Hillsinger of Radford.

The A's also signed catchers Phil Pohl out of Clemson and Oregon State's Ryan Gorton, shortstop Christopher Wolfe out of Grambling State and East Carolina first baseman first baseman John Wooten.

The pitchers who have signed include lefthander Taylor Massey and righthander Stuart Pudenz of Dallas Baptist, which reached the NCAA regional this year after making it to a Super Regional last year.

Other signed pitchers, all right-handed, are Coudy Kurz of Oxnard JC, Kris Hall of Lee, Austin House of New Mexico, Penn's Vincent Voiro, UNC-Greensboro Tyler Hollstegge, Itacha's Tucker Healy, Kansas State's Kayon Bahramzadeh, Augustana's Derek Hansen, Binghampton's Lee Sosa and UNC-Asheville's Ryan Dull.

— Rick Eymer/Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by Paly baseball fan
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 15, 2012 at 10:39 am

I wish B.J. all the luck in the world and hope he is able to make it as a pro baseball player. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]
So stay healthy, B.J., and have a great time in the pros. We hope that you have a very long run and wish you much success.


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Posted by BJ is an "A"
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 15, 2012 at 11:25 am

Congratulations and all the best.
You will do great things as you have already demonstrated.


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Posted by Gray's mom
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Best wishes for a successful career. Stay healthy & focused. See you in Oakland!


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Posted by Joban Brown
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm

BJ may be considered one of the best athletes in Palo Alto history. He will do fine in life in regards to whatever he chooses.


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Posted by Paly '82 Alum
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 17, 2012 at 9:45 pm

[Post removed by Palo Alto Online.]


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