Dylan Floro

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Starting pitcher Dylan Floro began playing in the Tampa Bay Rays minor league system in 2012.

He was originally drafted by the club in the 20th round of the 2009 amateur draft, one pick after outfielder Alex Hassan, but opted not to sign. The Rays then took him again in the 13th round of the 2012 amateur draft and he inked a contract for a $100,000 bonus.

In 2012, he went 4-1 with a 2.40 ERA in 18 relief appearances for the Hudson Valley Renegades. The next year, he was 11-2 with a 1.77 ERA in 23 starts between the Bowling Green Hot Rods and Charlotte Stone Crabs, earning a spot on the Midwest League Mid- and Post-Season All-Star teams and the MiLB.com Organization All-Star squad. In addition, he was named the Rays Minor League Pitcher of the Year. He was 11-13 with a 3.48 ERA in 28 starts for the Montgomery Biscuits in 2014.

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. He 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. Both Floro and Neal had been recent members of the Dodgers organization. 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, he 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, was asked to issue an intentional walk to Mookie Betts before turning the ball over the Alex Wood. The Dodgers were still in the game at that point, but Wood and Kenta Maeda failed to retire any of the next four batters and by the time the inning ended, Boston had built an insurmountable 9-4 lead.

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. He wasn't as his best in the final round, though, as he gave up 2 runs in 2 outings against the Tampa Bay Rays, although he did not figure in any of the decisions. Following the season, on February 12, 2021, he was traded to the Miami Marlins for Ps Kyle Hurt and Alex Vesia.

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