Mike Floyd (minors01)

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George Michael Floyd

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Mike Floyd played nine years in the minor leagues, three of them at AAA, but never reached the majors.

Picked by the California Angels in the 8th round of the 1966 amateur draft, he did not play that year for the Angels. In 1967, he played for the Idaho Falls Angels, hitting .316/~.380/.513 and finished third in the Pioneer League in average while leading in slugging. He led the league in outfield assists (9), doubles (13) and triples (10) and tied Bill Rainer for the lead in total bases (110). He failed to make the league All-Star team but was voted on the Fleer Double Bubble National All-Star Rookie Team. He also was on the Quad Cities Angels earlier that season, batting .222/~.308/.358 in 21 games.

Floyd moved on to the San Jose Bees in 1968 and produced at a .260/~.343/.381 clip with 106 strikeouts in 323 AB. With the AA El Paso Sun Kings in 1969, Mike hit .276/~.374/.479 with 8 triples, 78 runs and 15 home runs. He was third in the Texas League in runs and tied for third in triples.

In 1970, the outfielder returned to El Paso and batted .298/~.411/.541 with 16 home runs in 99 games. He was about 30 plate appearances away from qualifying for the batting title; he would have finished 9th. The next year, Floyd made it to AAA with the Salt Lake City Angels and produced at a .294/~.358/.457 rate with 13 home runs and 70 RBIs in the high-flying Pacific Coast League, which the Angels were league champions.

Mike struggled in 1972, missing most of the season after breaking his left forearm twice. Back in El Paso, he hit .344/~.417/.422 in just 20 games.

Floyd moved to the Los Angeles Dodgers system in 1973 and split the year between the Waterbury Dodgers (.275/~.371/.374 in 29 games) and Albuquerque Dukes (.265/~.337/.370 in 68 contests). After the season, he was traded with Jim Fairey to the Minnesota Twins for Chuck Manuel and Glenn Ezell. However, he did not start the next season in the Minnesota system after being released in spring training.

In 1974, the minor league veteran played for the top two clubs in the Houston Astros chain, the Denver Bears (a disappointing .194/~.291/.320 line in 37 games in the thin air) and the Columbus Astros (hitting .204/~.310/.337 in 29 contests). In 1975, he completed his career with 31 games in Columbus, batting .250/~.322/.442.

Sources: 1967-1976 Baseball Guides

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