DWIPP: 3- Gavin Floyd, 2005 – Phillies Nation

DWIPP: 3- Gavin Floyd, 2005

3. Gavin Floyd in 2005

Drafted fourth overall in the 2001 draft, Floyd was the Phillies highest ranked prospect, but never lived up to his expectations. In 2005, he had a 10.04 ERA and 1.77 WHIP and in 2006 a 7.29 ERA and 1.88 WHIP.

In the 26 innings he pitched in 2005, he was 1-2, allowed 29 earned runs on 30 hits and 16 walks, including five home runs.  Opponents batted .283 and had a .924 OPS against him.  His strike out per walk ratio was 1.06.

He spent the majority of the season as a starter, where he had a 6.75 ERA.  In 4.2 innings out of the bullpen, he allowed 15 runs, 13 earned.  At Citizen’s Bank Park, his ERA was close to 16.

In his 3 year career with the Phillies, Floyd had a 6.96 ERA with the Phillies.

He will forever be remembered as the pitcher who threw the pitch to Xavier Nady in which Aaron Rowand made a “great, great, perhaps game saving catch!” in 2006.

Floyd was traded to the Chicago White Sox in 2006, and had a successful 2008 season.  He set career highs in practically every pitching category.  His ERA was 3.84 and struck out 145 batters in 206.1 innings.



  1. Jamie

    March 29, 2009 at 10:59 am

    For anyone remotely caring to hear what our good friend Adam Eaton has been up to…


    “Adam Eaton became the first Orioles pitcher to throw five innings this spring, though he struggled somewhat in Baltimore’s 10-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla.

    Released by Philadelphia last month, Eaton earned the win despite allowing five runs on nine hits and four walks in his third start for the Orioles.

    “I struggled — I didn’t have everything working at the same time, ever,” Eaton said. “At the same time, I still got five innings and 90 pitches. In that regard, it’s mission accomplished, but I still fell an inning short of what I wanted to do.”

    The third inning was Eaton’s worst. Brian Barden and Joe Thurston led off with back-to-back singles, and both scored on Brendan Ryan’s triple. Ryan scored on David Freese’s single to left. ”


    Okay, it sounds like Adam comes up with the same lame excuses he had in Philly whenever he got shelled (which was the norm). The thing I think I found most humorous in this article is the fact he seems so proud to have thrown 90 pitches and completed 5 innings of work.

    Perhaps Adam does not realize that the goal is actually to limit your opponent’s runs and hits, thereby helping your team. It’s not really that complicated. Also, someone should tell him that if the coach leaves you in to just “throw” anyone could do it. I could go 5 innings and throw 90 pitches for the Orioles too, but my line would be ugly. What an idiot.

  2. Manny

    March 29, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Please, please Amanda, make Adam Eaton No.1!!

  3. Phan in TN

    March 29, 2009 at 11:48 am

    interesting news there jamie

    @Manny, I’m sure Miss Amanda has some truly atrocious pitchers for us that might even make Adam Eaton look like Nolen Ryan.

  4. Chris

    March 29, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Anyone else remember that promising first start against the Cardinals?

  5. BurrGundy

    March 29, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Gavin Floyd — Ace of the White Sox — one more reason to have some patience with Kyle Kendrick. He sure would look great in a Phils’ uniform today. Hindsight is always 20/20.

  6. Matt

    March 29, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    BurrGundy Says:
    March 29th, 2009 at 11:58 am
    Gavin Floyd — Ace of the White Sox — one more reason to have some patience with Kyle Kendrick. He sure would look great in a Phils’ uniform today. Hindsight is always 20/20.
    Let’s wait to call him an ace, he had one good year. Buehrle and Danks are better than he is.

  7. ryan

    March 29, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    gavin floyd would have never become in philly what he became in chicago. he needed a change of scenery. if he hadn’t been traded, he would have never succeeded here. he woulda been working at a wawa instead of an ace.

  8. Mike

    March 29, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Also, let’s not forget that Floyd was seen as much more of a prospect than Kendrick ever was.

  9. Griffin

    March 29, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Gavin Floyd is a huge regression candidate and ’08 was a fluke. Check out his ERA after this season.

    and like Mike says, Floyd was a much, much bigger prospect than Kendrick ever was. Why can’t people see that Kendrick’s ’07 second half was fluky and that every other season in his career is what we should expect from him?

  10. Michael N.

    March 29, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I remember watching this guy by the 2nd inning he sweat so much you can tell he was just nervous is like watching the scene out of that movie “the Scout”.

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