Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, January 23, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 13
Tyler Cloyd dominated in the minors last season thanks to a refined repertoire and top-level command. Running through Eastern League and International League competition, Cloyd reached the big leagues by season’s end and is in a position to potentially help the big club in the coming season.
An 18th round draft selection in 2008, Cloyd began his pro career that year, posting a 7-4 record with a 3.91 ERA in 14 outings combined with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies and short-season Class A Williamsport. Since then, the 6-foot-3-inch 210-pounder has had winning records every season, while alternating between starting and relief duties.
In 2009, splitting time between Class A Lakewood and Class A Advanced Clearwater, Cloyd went 12-9 with a 3.54 ERA in 27 games (26 starts). In 2010, Cloyd made 31 relief appearances and four starts for Clearwater, posting a 4-3 record with a 5.32 ERA. He also made two appearances with Double-A Reading that year, earning a 1-1 record with a 4.00 ERA.
Whether it’s as a starter or pitching out of the bullpen, Cloyd has become comfortable taking the mound in any role, as evidenced by his 2011 output. Cloyd would go on to appear in 31 games (22 starts) for Clearwater and Reading that year, collecting a 9-4 record, a 2.77 ERA and an 8.51 K/9 mark, which proved to be a career best. Following the season, Cloyd pitched in the Arizona Fall League but wasn’t as sharp in a starting role there, 4 record with a 4.35 ERA. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2013: #22 RHP Tyler Cloyd