Boone Waits Out the Summer, Signs with Jays

Boone Waits Out the Summer, Signs with Jays

With the signing of right-hander Randy Boone, the Blue Jays were successful in inking their first 22 picks to deals this summer.

Boone was drafted in the seventh round of the 2007 draft and the Texas closer held a tough stance in his negotiations, however, the Blue Jays continued to talk to the right-hander and a deal was struck last month.

It was too late for Boone to appear in a game, and time will tell what role he has to begin the 2008 season. Boone could begin the year with Low-A Lansing, however, the Blue Jays development staff have made it known a pitcher who signs late and missed the summer is behind in his development.

Boone throws a fastball in the 88-92 range and a slider ranging from 81-86 MPH. His two other pitches are a curve and a splitter. Boone is not a hard-thrower but he's not scared to work inside and focuses on ground balls.

Although he started early in his collegiate career, Boone finished up in the bullpen and expects to remain in the bullpen in professional ball.

"I can be a starter if I become more consistent, but right now I think I'm more of a bullpen arm," Boone said.

Boone mentioned his goal in pro ball is to focus on his consistency and command. His one flaw has been an inconsistent pitching motion – which has led to his command problem.

"I think that the Jays are a great organization. I've always thought they did a really good job and their attitude is good. There are some strong pitchers that have come out of this system."

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