Chris Floethe

From BR Bullpen

Christopher Allan Floethe

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 190 lb.

Pitcher Chris Floethe spent seven years in the minor leagues, going 30-51.

He began his career with the GCL Athletics in 1968. He was 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 3 games, striking out 7 in 7 innings but walking 6. In 1969, Floethe was 1-3 with a 5.65 ERA for the Tri-City A's. In 43 innings, he struck out 67 but walked 42. In 1970, the Missouri native was on the Burlington (IA) Bees with a 5-5, 2.68 record. He fanned 87 in 94 innings, allowing 70 hits, while cutting back his walk rate a bit, issuing 60 free passes.

He led the Southern League with 225 strikeouts in 1971, going 7-12 with a 3.52 ERA for the Birmingham A's. He allowed 130 hits and 123 walks in 174 IP. Floethe finished seventh in the SL in ERA and tied Roy Bethell for the most walks.

Floethe was listed on the Oakland A's 1972 spring roster, but he never made the majors. He fell to 6-15, 4.24 in his AAA debut with the Iowa Oaks. The wild right-hander walked 98 and fanned 144 in 176 innings. He led the American Association in walks.

Floethe bounced between Birmingham and the Tucson Toros his final two seasons. In 1973, he was 5-7 with a 3.53 ERA for Birmingham and 4-2, 4.61 for Tucson. He also started two games for the Evansville Triplets, going 0-1 with a 12.00 ERA. In 1974, Chris went 0-4 with a 9.82 ERA for Birmingham, walking 35 and allowing 47 hits while only striking out 11 in 33 IP. For Tucson that season, he was 2-1 with a 7.63 ERA and 43 walks in 46 innings.

Sources: 1969-1975 Baseball Guides