Thursday, May 3, 2018

Who is Dylan Floro?

One big question for the Reds in 2018 is the consistency of the bullpen. A good bullpen is crucial in bailing out the starting pitcher and holding on to a lead. One of the few Reds’ consistent relief pitchers so far has been Dylan Floro.

It seems like Dyan came out of nowhere, right? He's pitched very well, though and in 7 appearances, 11 2/3 innings he has 1.2 WHIP, 11 strikeouts, 2 walks, no home runs, and only allowed 1 run.

Where did Dylan come from, you ask? He was signed by the Reds as a free agent this Winter and invited to Spring Training. He didn’t make the opening day roster and was assigned to Louisville where he pitched 3 innings in 2 games for the Bats without allowing a run. Dylan was called up to the Reds on April 13th.

Floro was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays as a late round pick in June of 2009. He spent his time in the minors until the Rays called him up in late 2016 when he appeared in 12 games. He was then selected off waivers by the Chicago Cubs, but again regulated to minor league duty, while only playing in 3 games for the Cubs in 2017. He was again selected off of waivers this time by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but didn't play a single game for the Major League club and was ultimately released.

The 27 year-old’s MLB totals prior to the Reds are 15 games, 24 2/3 innings pitched (all in relief), 20 strikeouts, 7 walks, 1.86 WHIP, and a 5.11 ERA. His MLB numbers are not too impressive, but his 2018 performance is off to a good start.

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