After another rough start by Gavin Floyd last night, his 2006 ERA now stands at 8.50 in 18 innings. Floyd has proved to be a big disappointment to the Phillies early in the major league career, posting a 7.22 ERA in his first 72.1 innings of his career. Despite the horrific earned run average, Floyd has managed to put up a respectable 6.86 K/9.
I'm thinking the Philles may give up on Floyd soon and maybe make him available in a trade. That's where the Reds come in. Floyd is exactly the type of pitcher the Reds need to target; he's cheap, young, and has a power arm. The results are not there yet, but I think a change of scenery could do wonders for Gavin Floyd.
Listed at 6'4" and 225 pounds, Floyd is still only 23 years old and he possesses a low-to-mid-90's fastball, a great curveball, and a change-up. Flord owns a career minor league ERA of 3.69 in 591 innings, allowing 534 hits, 42 home runs, 230 walks, and recording 464 strikeouts. His WHIP is 1.29. While his stats doesn't warrant calling him a future No. 1 or 2 caliber pitcher, his stuff is good enough to be a top of the rotation pitcher.
Below is a further breakdown of his minor league career:
Single-A: 304 innings, 247 hits, 22 home runs, 109 walks, 255 strikeouts, 2.87 ERA, 1.17 WHIP.
Double-A: 119 innings, 93 hits, 5 home runs, 46 walks, 94 strikeouts, 2.57 ERA, 1.17 WHIP.
Triple-A: 168 innings, 194 hits, 15 home runs, 75 walks, 115 strikeouts, 5.94 ERA, 1.60 WHIP.
In my opinion, he was rushed. He was never given a chance to thoroughly dominate AA; he was already pitching in Triple-A by the age of 21 years old. I think the Reds should go relentlessly after him, offer up a deal involving Ryan Wagner plus a couple prospects not named Bailey, Wood, or Bruce for Floyd...and then hope he can turn into another Brett Myers, who also struggled in his first couple years before breaking out last season.
A few other names to add: Jason Jennings and Jeff Francis - both of whom I mentioned on here a couple nights ago - and Jerome Williams is another one.