The Phillies say it’s time for 23-year-old right-hander Gavin Floyd to produce. The once-touted hurler made his Arizona Fall League debut yesterday.
Floyd gave up one run on one hit and a walk while striking out three in 2 2-3 innings for the Peo Sagueros. Not the worst debut, but according to reports, the team’s patience is at an end. According to Jim Salisbury’s piece in Baseball America, Assistant General Manager Mike Arbuckle told Floyd it was time to make something happen.
"Sometimes a player needs a kick in the butt and other times the player needs to give himself a kick in the butt," Arbuckle told Salisbury. "We haven't written Gavin off. We want him pitching productively in Philadelphia next year. But to do that, he needs to eliminate the backward steps. The key is consistency. He needs to show the ability to get people out and stay in a positive direction, not only from game to game, but inning to inning and hitter to hitter."
After an off-season pitching in Puerto Rico, it appeared Floyd had finally turned a corner in Spring Training when he beat out Ryan Franklin and won a job as the Phillies No. 4 starter. It was downhill from there; Floyd posted a dismal 7.29 ERA while walking 32 in 54 1/3 innings. He was sent back to Triple-A for the second-straight season, where he went 7-4 with a 4.23 ERA and was not called back when rosters expanded on Sept. 1.
His latest stop in the AFL, a hitter’s league where scouts typically observe less-experienced players, shows just how far away the shaken pitcher might be. It’s safe to say this in not where the Phillies expected their former No. 1 pick to be at this point in his progression, considering he made his major-league debut over two seasons ago.
Other Phillies AFL representitives include pitchers Gio Gonzalez, J.A. Happ and Zach Segovia, a younger and more promising group than the 2005 crop, although Scott Mathieson was named best AFL pitcher by scouts.
Roberson back in Mexico
The Mexican Pacific League started play yesterday, with Phillies outfielder Chris Roberson setting the table for Erubiel Durazo, Geronimo Gil and the rest of his Hermosillo teammates. This is Roberson’s second winter in the competitive Mexican League, where the 26-year-old says he prefers to learn how to play in an intense, professional environment. Still considered a raw talent before last season, Roberson held his own in limited defensive action with the Phillies. His bat is a different story.
Thanks to the Beerleaguer senior correspondent for his heads-up contribution to this post.