In eighth round, Astros take speedy CF Boyd

In eighth round, Astros take speedy CF Boyd

The Astros broke their streak of selecting pitchers in the eighth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft by selecting center fielder Bobby Boyd from West Virginia.

Boyd, a 5-foot-9, 180-pounder, was a junior for the Mountaineers this year and led the team with a batting average of .356. He also tallied 24 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.

Boyd garnered All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors for a sophomore season in which he hit .314 and stole 17 bases.

Boyd started that season on a tear, batting .427 in his first 18 games, and was held hitless just once over that stretch.

He's from Silver Spring, Md., and played for St. John's College High.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at noon CT.

Mike Vernon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.