From the moment he swings a bat or throws a pitch for the very first time, the dream of nearly every little boy who ever played baseball is to play in the major leagues.
Riley Boyd, a native of El Dorado Springs, is one step closer to realizing his dream.
After pitching two seasons for Jefferson College of Hillsboro, Boyd was drafted in the 28th round earlier this month by the Kansas City Royals. He currently is deciding whether to sign the team’s offer.
“We’re negotiating a contract right now,” Boyd told the Republican Monday, June 17. “If it doesn’t work out the way we want it to, I’ll go to Western Kentucky [University].”
According to stats from the National Junior College Athletic Association, Boyd was 6-4 in his sophomore year for Jefferson with a 4.24 earned run average, with 75 strikeouts and 32 walks over 57.1 innings. Overall the Vikings were 47-10 on the season and 19-1 in their conference.
Boyd said he first learned in February the Royals were interested in him. He will visit with team management Friday, June 21, at Kauffman Stadium to continue negotiations. Boyd declined to reveal the value of the Royals’ proposal.
Boyd is the latest addition to a list of former El Dorado Bulldogs to have success on the diamond. He knows he is in elite company.
“It’s a true honor,” Boyd said. “It took a lot of hard work and I had to work extra hard coming from a small town to make a name for myself nationally, to get on the radar. This drafting, it’s really an honor to be in the rankings of those guys because I know how good they were. But to be mentioned with those guys is an honor.”