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December 5, 2009

Fangraphs on Gavin Floyd

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 5, 2009 6:42 pm
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Golebiewski:

In 2008, Floyd struck out 6.32 batters per nine innings. In ‘09, his K rate climbed to 7.6 per nine frames. The increase appears to be supported by a drop in contact rate. Opposing batters made contact when swinging at Floyd’s pitches 81.7% of the time in ‘08, but just 77.8% in ‘09 (80-81% MLB average).

Also, his rate of swinging strikes spiked from 8.4% in ‘08 to 9.9% this past year (7.8% average for starting pitchers). Floyd ranked 17th among starters in contact rate and 21st in swinging strike rate.

The soon-to-be 27 year-old also lowered his walk rate a bit, from 3.05 BB/9 in 2008 to 2.75 BB/9 in 2009. Floyd kept the ball on the ground more than in years past, with a 44.3 GB% (41.2% in ‘08). …

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