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dylan floro, tampa bay rays

Player: Floro, Dylan

Card: 2014 Bowman Prospects #BP-16

Position: RHP

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Dylan Lee Floro (born December 27, 1990 in Merced, CA) is a professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins and Minnesota Twins. He played college baseball for the Cal State Fullerton Titans. Floro was drafted by the Rays in the 13th round of the 2012 MLB draft.

Floro reached the majors with the Rays in the middle of the 2016 season, going 0-1, 4.20 in 12 appearances out of the bullpen. After the season, he was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs and pitched 3 times for them in 2017, with no decisions. He was 3-2, 3.88 in 25 games for the AAA Iowa Cubs, and on August 4th was placed on waivers again and this time was claimed by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Floro finished the year back in AAA with the Oklahoma City Dodgers. In January of 2018, he signed a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Reds and finally saw some extended action in the majors, pitching 25 times with a 3-2 record and a 2.72 ERA. On July 4th, he was traded back to the Dodgers along with Zach Neal and international bonus pool money in return for Ps James Marinan and Aneurys Zabala.

On August 18th, he lost a game in an unusual manner when he committed a "walk-off balk" against the Seattle Mariners. It came with one out in the 10th inning with the bases loaded and the game tied at 4; Floro flinched during his delivery allowing Cameron Maybin to score from third base. First base umpire Andy Fletcher called the play.

Still, his combined record for the season was a solid 6-3, 2.25 in 54 games and he got to play in the postseason for the first time. He was particularly good in the Dodgers' win over the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS, making 5 appearances without giving up a run in 4 1/3 innings.

In the World Series, however, Floro was charged with the loss in Game 4 on October 27th. Closer Kenley Jansen had just blown a lead in the 8th inning and the score was 4-4 when he started the top of the 9th against the Boston Red Sox, but after getting Eduardo Nunez to pop out, things fell a part as he gave up a double to Brock Holt, a run-scoring single to Rafael Devers, and then after getting Blake Swihart to ground out, issued an intentional walk to Mookie Betts. The Dodgers were still in the game at that point, but Wood & Maeda failed to retire any of the next four batters leading to a Dodgers loss.

In 2019, his numbers were not as good as he went 5-3, 4.24 in 50 games and was not used in the postseason. But he bounced back well in 2020, going 3-0, 2.59 in 25 games during the pandemic-shortened season. This time, he did see work in the postseason, making a total of 6 appearances as the Dodgers won their first World Series title since 1988. Following the season, on February 12, 2021, he was traded to the Miami Marlins for Ps Kyle Hurt and Alex Vesia.

With Miami, Dylan accumulated 32 saves for the Marlins between 2020 and 2023, often pitching in high leverage situations.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


Image from the Chicago Tribune


Dylan is part of the LA/Brooklyn Dodgers Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Dylan is also part of the Chicago Cubs Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

Dylan is also part of the Cincinnati Reds Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

See Dylan’s baseball cards at TCDB

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