Lafayette Drillers Flashback: Bryan Boyne
The Lafayette Drillers, a Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, called Lafayette, Louisiana their home for two years, from 1975-1976.
The Drillers, who played their home games at Clark Field, were co-champions of the Texas League in 1975 with the Midland Cubs, finishing 72-57, before going 58-76 in 1976, the last year of affiliated professional baseball in Lafayette.
A number of outstanding players, who eventually made it into Major League Baseball ranks played at Clark Field in 1975 & 1976, including five former Lafayette Driller players.
All summer long, we’re taking a look back at some of the former players for the Drillers.
Today, Bryan Boyne.
Boyne was an infielder who spent a small portion of the 1975 season with the Drillers.
Before being drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 17th round of the 1975 Major League Baseball Draft, Boyne played his college baseball at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Boyne made a minor league stop in Fresno, California before joining the Drillers in 1975, the same year he was drafted..
With Lafayette, Boyne played sparingly, hitting a .171 with no home runs and six runs batted in, without a stolen base.
In only 35 at-bats, Boyne, a right-handed hitter, collected six hits, all singles, along with four walks and four strikeouts.
Defensively, Boyne appeared in ten games at shortstop, committing five errors.
Boyne went on to play two more seasons of professional baseball, retiring after the 1977 season, never advancing past the AA level.
Boyne compiled a .224 career batting average, along with three home runs, 58 RBI’s, and ten stolen bases in 167 minor league games, covering three seasons.