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Gavin Floyd
Height 6-6; Weight 210; Bats R; Throws R; Position SP; DOB 1/27/83; Team Philadelphia Phillies

Team
Wins
IP
K's
ERA
Lakewood (A)
11
166
140
2.77
Clearwater (A)
7
138
115
3.00
Reading (AA)
5
110.1
92
2.61
Cranton/Wilkes Barre (AAA)
1
30.2
18
4.99


During his tenure with the Mount St. Joseph baseball team, Gavin watched his older brother Mike and some guy name Mark Teixeira play. After his senior year, Gavin decided to go pro, the same year as the other two, who both decided to go the College route.

Gavin Floyd was selected by the Phillies in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2001 draft, one slot before Teixeira and 21 rounds before his brother. Signed by Ken Hultzapple with a club-record $4.2 million bonus, the younger Floyd quickly proved himself to be a polished pitcher entering a very good farm system.

Physically, according to John Sickels, Floyd is “close to being a perfect pitching prospect.” Floyd has a strong upper and lower body, with a very thin frame that does not wear down and cause injuries. His fastball can hit 95 at times, but is usually around 92-93 MPH. He might gain a couple of miles-per-hour as he matures even more and gains more strength. During Floyd’s tenure in the minors, many scouts ranked the pitch as one of the best breaking pitches in the minors, quite high praise. The final offering he has is a changeup which is considered only average for the major league level.

The biggest weakness in Floyd’s game is an over-reliance on the curveball. When the righty learns to mix and match his pitches with a little more aplomb, then rapid improvement will be seen. Another thing hampering his game, in past years, was mechanical consistency. For a six foot, six inch tall pitcher, this is completely understandable; Floyd has worked on this flaw and has improved noticeably.

In his Major League debut, Gavin Floyd worked seven innings and allowed only one earned run. He struck out five, walked four, and gave up four hits. An impressive debut, to say the least.

Welcome to the show, kid. Good luck