Phils watch Floyd's progress from afar
Former No. 4 overall pick, now with White Sox, flirts with no-no
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee wasn't that surprised with Saturday's events at U.S. Cellular Field. He heard about White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd's flirtation with a no-hitter and smiled.This was the kid Dubee remembers seeing in Clearwater, Fla., in 2003, when Dubee served as the pitching coach. Floyd, selected by the Phillies as the fourth overall pick in 2001, was raw, but was working his way up through the Minors. "I thought he'd be very good," Dubee said. "He had a real good year that year. He still might be [a top of the rotation guy]. He's still young." At 25, Floyd is in his second season with the White Sox, after being acquired from the Phils in a December 2006 trade for Freddy Garcia. Floyd allowed one hit in 7 1/3 innings Saturday against the Tigers, coming within five outs of throwing the 17th no-hitter in franchise history. The Tigers' Edgar Renteria broke it up with a single. "Once I got my rhythm and tempo going, I went with it," said Floyd, who walked four. "I felt comfortable with everything." That wasn't the case in Philadelphia, when the organization grew frustrated with Floyd's inconsistency. When he was dealt, assistant general manager Mike Arbuckle thought he might be a late bloomer. Floyd is 2-0 with a 2.02 ERA this season. With the Phillies, Dubee said Floyd's problem wasn't stuff. "Trust," Dubee said. "He always had good enough stuff. One of Gavin's problems was that he listens to anybody. When we get good information from different sources, confusion is bound to happen. I think that's what happened -- him being confused and not trusting his stuff." Maybe he's more trusting now.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.