Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Collecting the Durham Bulls: Dylan Floro

Dylan Floro was the Rays 13th round draft pick out of Cal State Fullerton in 2012.  He had great numbers in the lower minors, but did not appear on any baseball cards until last summer when he reached Double A Montgomery where he proceeded to post the worst numbers of his career.  During the 2012 and 2013 seasons Floro played for a total of three Rays affiliates and went 4-1 2.40, 2-0, 1.61, and 9-2 1.81 in those three stops for a total record of 15-3.

Notice I did not post strikeout numbers for Floro.  He is primarily a roundball pitcher, and while he can get strikeouts, 232 in 346 minor league innings, it's clearly not what he is trying to do out there on the mound.  Last season in Montgomery Floro went 11-13 in 28 starts with an ERA of 3.48.   The bad news was that he gave up 209 hits in 178.2 innings.  The good news is that only 4 of those hits left the yard.  Give me a summer of Hak Ju Lee fielding his grounders and I like his chances to have a good year for the Bulls.

As I was saying at the beginning of the post, last summer was Floro's first year in baseball card sets.  He appeared in Bowman, Bowman Chrome, and Bowman Inception.  His Bowman card is in the prospects section of the set and offers not only his rookie card, but all of those color rainbow variations to boot.  I landed a copy of his flag card which has a California flag in the background.  Pretty sweet card, easy to find, and really inexpensive.

Floor's first autographs are in the Bowman Inception and Bowman Chrome products.....

The Chrome autograph is one of those that you can get off of Ebay for $0.99 if you sit and watch the auction at the last minute.  If you don't feel like doing that they are selling for $1.50 on COMC.  There are colored variations of this Chrome autograph, but they are also inexpensive considering how much other players cost.  For example, his blue autograph out of 150 can be found for less than $10.

His best autograph is in the Bowman Inception product.  Like all Bowman product you can find this card in a variety of different colors and print runs.  I just got the plain jane Inception autograph and spent about $3 in the process.  The gold parallel is currently listed on COMC for just $5 and the green card is just $8.  Not a very expensive player to collect at all.  

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