GAVIN FLOYD SCOUTING REPORT
Phillies fans have some serious bloggers. One of the best (and my favorite) is Balls, Sticks and Stuff. He likes baseball and golf, just like me. I can only assume of course, that I am much better looking.
Be that as it may, when the Freddy Garcia deal went down I dropped a line to Tom at BS&S to get the rundown on Gavin Floyd. For your consideration:
“Floyd is probably a bit of a reclamation project. He has a fantastic curveball, and a pretty good fastball when he is on. His troubles stem from a lack of confidence, which leads to a tentative delivery and control issues. If the Sox can screw his head on right, he’ll be good. I picked up on some rumors that he was tipping pitches too, but having watched him, I don’t think that was it, I think it was the confidence.”
I don’t like the deal in general because I think when you trade a starting pitcher of Garcia’s caliber you’d best be getting known commodities in return. Ken Williams did not do that. But Floyd looks like the perfect candidate for the “change of scenery” deal.
He had quite a bit of success at the lower levels of the minor leagues. He had some bumps in his first year in AAA and was promptly summoned to the big club. He then pitched well in limited time for the Phils. But the last 2 years have been filled with rides back and forth from Philly to Scranton and he has been bad.
Yet he is only 24 and Don Cooper has been known to straighten out a pitcher or two. Here’s hoping he can do it with Floyd.