he has been one of the youngest and brightest pitching prospects since he has been drafted, and yes if he even gets called up it will be nothing more then a likely late sept. call-up. i haven't seen him pitch but i know many think he has great potential but seem to think he hasn't been living up to it last year since his strike out totals aren't to high (he is projected as a power pitcher). i've heard some say they limited him to not throw his curveball (one of the best curves in the minors) last year but others say he was allowed to this last year, so i'm not quite sure, maybe someone else would know better. in any case he is a great prospect w/ tons of upside. it's not surprising everyone is asking for him. rated only behind hamels in the phillies system by baseball america, here is a small write up by them on him.......
Age: 21. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-5. Wt.: 210.
Drafted: HS--Severna Park, Md., 2001 (1st round).
Signed by: Ken Hultzapple.
Background: Floyd likely would rank as the top prospect in at least half the other organizations. He signed for a club-record $4.2 million as the fourth overall pick in 2001—one spot before fellow Mount St. Joseph High product Mark Teixeira—and the Phillies haven't regretted it. Philadelphia signed Gavin's older brother Mike, an outfield, as a 22nd-round pick out of the same draft.
Strengths: Floyd entered his pro career with two plus pitches, a 92-95 mph fastball with movement, and a shoulders-to-shoelaces hard curveball that rates a top-of-the-line 80 on the scouting scale at times. His main focus since has been developing a changeup, which now rates average and shows flashes of being better than that. Floyd works hard at improving his skills and shows above-average makeup.
Weaknesses: A longtime fan of Kevin Millwood, Floyd tried to emulate his idol’s deliberate delivery after watching him in spring training. It cost Floyd his rhythm and deceptiveness, and it took a month to remedy the problem. He was as good as ever thereafter before developing a tired arm late in the season. He must continue to hone his location and ability to repeat pitches, but he’s still ahead of most pitchers his age.
The Future: Floyd’s development is right on track. He'll move up to Double-A in 2004, and the pitching depth in the organization means the Phillies won't have to rush him.