B.J. Boyd drafted by Oakland Athletics in 2012 MLB Draft

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Center fielder B.J. Boyd watches his first inning triple hit off the right field wall as he runs down the first base line in Paly's CCS semifinal loss against Valley Christian High School.  Boyd scored the Vikings' only two runs in the game. Photo by: Matt Ersted

Center fielder B.J. Boyd watches his first inning triple hit off the right field wall as he runs down the first base line in Paly’s CCS semifinal loss against Valley Christian High School. Boyd scored the Vikings’ only two runs in the game. Photo by: Matt Ersted

The Oakland Athletics selected Palo Alto High School’s outfielder B.J. Boyd with the 139th overall pick in the 4th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft today.

According to Maxpreps.com, Boyd had a batting average of .507 while batting in 13 RBIs on the season for the Vikings. Boyd’s .507 average, 32 runs and 25 stolen bases led the team.

According to mlb.com: “Boyd possesses great athleticism and speed in the outfield and has shown good instincts on the base paths. He has an average arm, but it should become better with more work and better mechanics. He should be able to hit for a decent average and could hit for some power with his very muscular frame. Boyd has always split time between baseball and football, so when he starts to focus on just baseball, he could develop into a very good player.”