June 16, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas – Adam Boydston and Collin Reynolds signed free-agent contracts with Major League Baseball teams. Boydston agreed to terms with the Chicago White Sox, while Reynolds inked with the San Diego Padres.
The two seniors and fifth-round choice Preston Beck give UTA three members from the 2012 Southland Conference championship team beginning their minor-league careers with MLB teams. Beck was selected by the Texas Rangers.
Boydston leaves UTA as the school's all-time leader in saves. The lefty from Corinth, Texas, had a team-high eight this past season and finished with 24 for this career, breaking the record of 23 set by Mike Snapp from 2001-04. Boydston had a 2.59 ERA in 28 appearances, including three starts.
"I'm extremely happy for Adam," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "It's well-deserved. He's our career saves leader. He's pitched in every situation for us over five years. We're really going to miss him in our program. He really deserves this shot and I think he'll make the most of it."
Reynolds made 16 appearances and posted with a 4-1 record. The right-hander from Frisco, Texas, was second on the team in starts (10), innings (67.2) and strikeouts (39). He finished his two-year UTA career with a 7-6 record and three saves.
"He's been drafted before out of junior college at McLennan," Thomas said. "I knew someone would give him a shot. I'm glad the Padres gave him that shot. I think he was throwing his best at the end of the year, so he'll be ready to go and make an impact."
Another member of the 2012 squad, Lance Day, signed with the Grand Prairie AirHogs of the American Association. Day led the Mavericks with 12-4 record, tying the UTA record for single-season wins. Day also earned All-SLC honors and was named to the ABCA All-South Central Region second team.