Atlanta Braves’ Gavin Floyd Will Help Young Talent
While the Atlanta Braves had a very quiet offseason, it seems like the team might have done enough to keep the team close to the top of the NL East division in 2014. They only really made two moves that will affect the major league roster, other than signing Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward to extensions. They acquired Ryan Doumit via trade with the Minnesota Twins and signed veteran starting pitcher Gavin Floyd to a one-year contract.
The more important of the two moves will probably end up being the Floyd signing. First off, looking at his performance, Floyd made at least 29 starts from 2008-2012 until he was shut down due to injury in 2013. In those five years, he pitched less than 185 innings only once, in 2012 when he missed three starts. He doesn’t strikeout a ton of guys, but uses his defense behind him.
The two stats that may scare people are his career ERA (4.48) and his H/9 (9.0). The H/9, plus the 3.0 BB/9 he allows tally to five more batters than he strikes out every nine frames (7.1). However, that just shows that he pitches in and around the strike zone quite often, which is usually a good thing.
However, his performance isn’t what will be the most crucial to the team in 2014. He may make some starts in the no. 5 position in the rotation, but there is little hope that he will contribute any more than what a low rotation guy can contribute.
The top three pitchers in the rotation will be Mike Minor, Kris Medlen and Julio Teheran. Those three have an average age of 25.6 years old and have only pitched a combined four full seasons of at least 30 starts in the major leagues. Floyd will add experience to this staff, being the oldest starting pitcher on the roster at 31-years old.
Floyd will add definite depth to the rotation, but the most important thing that he adds is experience and a guy that can fill a hole in the rotation if need be. When he comes back to the team from his injury, he will probably make 15-20 starts alongside Alex Wood and David Hale.
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