Prospect Nation 2013: #22 RHP Tyler Cloyd – Phillies Nation

Prospect Nation 2013: #22 RHP Tyler Cloyd

Tyler Cloyd dominated in the minors last season thanks to a refined repertoire and top-level command. Running through Eastern League and International League competition, Cloyd reached the big leagues by season’s end and is in a position to potentially help the big club in the coming season.

An 18th round draft selection in 2008, Cloyd began his pro career that  year, posting a 7-4 record with a 3.91 ERA in 14 outings combined with  the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies and short-season Class A Williamsport. Since then, the 6-foot-3-inch  210-pounder has had winning records every season, while alternating  between starting and relief duties.

In 2009, splitting time between Class A Lakewood and Class A  Advanced Clearwater, Cloyd went 12-9 with a 3.54 ERA in 27 games (26  starts).  In 2010, Cloyd made 31 relief appearances and four starts for Clearwater, posting a 4-3 record with a  5.32 ERA.  He also made two appearances with Double-A Reading that year,  earning a 1-1 record with a 4.00 ERA.

Whether it’s as a starter or  pitching out of the bullpen, Cloyd has become comfortable taking the  mound in any role, as evidenced by his 2011 output.  Cloyd would go on  to appear in 31 games (22 starts) for Clearwater and Reading that year, collecting a 9-4 record, a 2.77 ERA and an 8.51 K/9 mark, which  proved to be a career best.  Following the season, Cloyd pitched in the  Arizona Fall League but wasn’t as sharp in a starting role there, 4 record with a 4.35 ERA.

In his finest season as a  professional last year, Cloyd posted a 15-1 record while notching career  bests in ERA at 2.26 and batting average against with a .214 mark in 26  combined starts at Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley.  Although many of his other stats were at a professional peak, his K/9  mark fell to 6.09 during last year’s minor league campaign.

Late in August, the Nebraska native joined the big league Phillies’ starting rotation, filling in for an  ailing Cole Hamels. In five starts in the Majors, Cloyd tallied a 2-2 record along with a 4.91 ERA.  He ended the season sidelined with arm fatigue.

Cloyd’s ability to throw strikes has  been his strength, throughout his career.  While his upper-80’s  fastball isn’t among the most acclaimed in the organization, his command is  tough to beat.  Additionally, the 25-year-old has added a cutter and improved his curveball while eliminating the slider from his offerings.

Fairly reliant on his routine and  some superstitions, Cloyd keeps his production up by sticking to things  that have become habitual. His night-before-a-start massage and his  lucky underwear keep his body as well as the mental side of his game on point.  Also, Cloyd says he requires chewing gum  while he’s on the mound to avoid headaches.

A young minor league veteran, Cloyd  knows that he can command every aspect of his game and he is capable of  dictating the pace of a contest, no matter what the scenario may be.  The coming season should provide Cloyd, in one role or another, with an opportunity to, again, see how well his abilities translate at the big league level.



  1. Jaron B

    January 23, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    While I agree with everything here & think he deserves top-25 recognition, I’m confused about one thing… because he spent time in the big leagues this year, why is he on your list? You said that Aumont was not on the list because he spent time on the roster last year.

    • Jay Floyd

      January 24, 2013 at 3:06 am

      Five games vs. 18 games. The criteria isn’t a strict science, and I make/bend the rules, so…

      • Jaron B

        January 24, 2013 at 11:11 pm

        Plus he wasn’t on the list last year and he’s below the 50 innings limit for RoY, so he is still technically a prospect.

      • schmenkman

        January 25, 2013 at 4:44 am

        Aumont is also below the 50 innings and still a rookie in 2013, but, as Jay says, his list doesn’t have to strictly adhere to that.

  2. Bart Shart

    January 23, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Being a stalwart Phillies fan, I want to see Cloyd be immensely successful. From what I saw last year, it does appear that he needs another pitch to round out his pitch arsenal on the mound.

  3. Bruce

    January 23, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    To be totally honest, Cloyd did not impressed me in his short time with the Phillies after being called up. He has control but was hittable and didn’t seem to have an “out” pitch he can rely on.

    However, I want to gve him a benefit of a doubt and hopefully his arm is well rested after a fatique problem at end of last season. Since he has added new pitch..a cutter, he could develop into a useful spot starter and reliever much like Kyle Kendrick. As a matter of fact, he should ask Kendrick to be his mentor. 🙂

    • Michael

      January 24, 2013 at 9:36 am

      I see it exactly the same way. He didn’t really kill it, but if he keeps up his work ethic, he might be a good Kendrick-type of pitcher. Not a lot of velocity, but getting his fair share of outs with movement, ground balls and weak contact. And that isn’t really a bad thing to start with.
      And a whole spring camp with guys like Doc, Cole and Cliff at his side is probably gonna help him with the mental and tactical approach. So he’s gonna be fine.
      I think a lot of teams would be happy to have a guy like Cloyd as their fifth starter

      • brooks

        January 26, 2013 at 6:42 am

        Cloyd certainly does not have overpowering stuff and just did not look very effective at all last year. Perhaps this year we might get a taste of what that 15-1 record was all about?
        Sure would be nice…

      • Ryne Duren

        January 26, 2013 at 11:30 am

        i was a big cloyd promoter last year. when he came up i was disapointed with how he pitched. with that said, i’ll still give him a benifit of the doubt. mainly because he wasn’t sharp and i think the amount of innings pitched had a lot to do with his sharpness. he rarely through over 90 mph on the gun and i don’t think he did that at LHV much either. he was around 86-88. if he lost 1 or 2 mph on his ball due to fatigue then i could understand his lack of velocity. same as with doc. his velocity was down and so was his sharpness. so if he’s up to speed and doc is up to speed who know’s! maybe cloyd can give us a glimpse of what he’s capable of.

    • George

      January 26, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Actually, maybe Jamie Moyer should be brought in as a mentor. He seemed to have a lot of success with little more than command. Trouble is, Moyer would probably still want to pitch.

  4. Righteous Robert

    January 24, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    #1 Celebrity Birthday Person for May 16th is
    William Henry Seward, Sr. (Would have been 211) 1801 – Died age 71
    Born May 16, 1801 – Florida, New York, U.S.
    Died October 10, 1872 – Auburn, New York, U.S.
    Spouse: Frances Adeline Seward
    Governor of New York, United States Senator and the United States
    Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson.
    As Johnson’s Secretary of State, he engineered the purchase of Alaska from Russia in an
    act that was ridiculed at the time as “Seward’s Folly,” but which exemplified his character.
    William replaced (Pierce Brosnan (1953) – BOND ‘James Bond’)
    on Friday May 15th 2009 as #1 for May 16th.
    Baltimore Bob added William on Friday May 15th 2009.

    Tyler Cloyd (25) 1987
    – Born: Bellevue, Nebraska / Height: 6′ 3″ & Weight: 190 lb.
    – Birth Name: Tyler James Cloyd / Bats: Right & Throws: Right
    – American professional baseball pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.
    – The Phillies drafted Cloyd in the 18th round of the 2008 MLB Draft.
    – A 1st round pick in that draft was Giants Catcher Buster Posey who was the 5th pick.
    – The Phillies had the 24th pick and chose SS Anthony Hewitt.
    – He pitched in the Triple-A All-Star Game in 2012.
    – 2012: Tyler who was 15-1 in the Minors and will make his MLB Debut tonight
    – Wednesday August 29th 2012 in Philly vs the Mets at CBP
    – replacing Cole Hamels who came down with a temporary illness.
    – Monday ‘Labor Day’ September 3rd 2012 in his 2nd MLB start gets his 1st win.
    – W: Tyler Cloyd (1-1) – S: Phillippe Aumont (1/1st ever save) / L: Johnny Cueto (17-7).

    Reparations for Vietnam Vets
    I have my Own Birthday DataBase and I’m a PHILLY Phan
    with lots of stuff on Players on the Philly Teams.
    WILT, Bobby Clarke, & other Flyers, Donovan McNabb
    Charles Barkley, Dr J and others in Philly History are #1 for their day.

    Baltimore Bob

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