Lloyd Peever

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Lloyd Charles Peever

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Lloyd Peever was the top pitcher in NCAA Division I in 1992. He reached AAA in his professional career.

During his senior year at high school, won 18 games and had 189 strikeouts, earning All-State honors. After playing his first two years of college ball at Seminole State College, Peever attended Louisiana State University in 1992 and went 14-0 with a 1.97 ERA. He walked 20 and allowed only 67 hits in 105 innings while striking out 116. He did not walk a batter in his first 39 innings. In one start, he was hit by a 93 mph line drive, but he bounced back. He made the top 20 in NCAA Division I in ERA, just ahead of Jon Lieber. He tied for 4th in wins, but every hurler with more or as many also took at least two losses, unlike Peever. He joined Darren Dreifort, Pat Ahearne and Jeff Alkire as consensus All-Americans. He was named Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year, the second LSU hurler so honored after Ben McDonald. All the other players to win that award in the 1990s would play in the majors one day, including future stars like Todd Helton and J.D. Drew. He was voted first team all-SEC, he earned a selection to the SEC all-tournament squad, was twice named the National Player of the Week and was a Golden Spikes Award finalist.

He was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 1992 amateur draft. He was the fourth straight college hurler taken by the Rockies in their first draft ever, following John Burke, Mark Thompson and Roger Bailey. Lloyd debuted with the Bend Rockies, going 3-2 with a save and a 2.91 ERA. He struck out 48 and walked 10 in 43 1/3 IP. In 1993, Peever was 2-4 with 4 saves and a 4.18 ERA for the Central Valley Rockies, whiffing 69 in 66 2/3 IP.

With the 1994 New Haven Ravens, the right-hander was 0=9 with a save and a 3.43 ERA, posting a 1.11 WHIP. He just missed the Eastern League's top 10 in ERA yet was only 5th on his own stellar staff, behind Juan Acevedo (a league-best 2.37), Phil Schneider (3.12), Bailey (3.23) and Rod Pedraza (3.24). Peever made it to AAA with the 1995 Colorado Springs Sky Sox and had a 3-2, 5.36 record in 8 games as an arm injury limited his time. He missed all of '96 due to the injury. He returned in 1997 below his prior level, allowing 6 runs (4 earned) in 11 innings for the Salem Avalanche and going 5-5 with a 5.50 ERA for New Haven.

Overall, Peever was 22-21 with 6 saves and a 4.13 ERA in 82 minor league games (55 starts), striking out 324 and walking 107 in 368 innings. He hit .182/.243/.212. He was the first College Baseball Player of the Year since Marteese Robinson, who won the honor in 1987, and the last until Kellen Kulbacki and Wes Roemer, who co-won the award in 2006, to not reach the major leagues. In 2011, he was elected to LSU's Athletic Hall of Fame. He has been a candidate for the National Collegiate Baseball Hall of Fame, as well.

He later worked for GlaxoSmithKline.