Paul Byrd Pitcher

     
 

Born: December 3, 1970
Louisville, KY
Height: 6-1
Weight: 184
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 4th round, 1991 by CLE;
13th round, 1988 by CIN
How Acquired: Minor league free agent (Aug. 2009)
College: LSU
High School: St. Xavier (KY)

Photo © Kelly O'Connor

Filed for free agency (November 2009)

Scouting Report
: Byrd relies on pitchability and deception as his primary tools. None of his pitches are overpowering, but he mixes them and varies his velocities well. His fastball sits in the high-80s with some sink and very good command. Byrd also mixes in a 78-82 mph slider, a 73-78 mph curveball, and a 72-76 mph changeup. Throws all of his pitches for strikes. Clean mechanics.  

Links
Fire Brand Q&A (February 2009)

 

 
   
    Career Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
  1991 Kinston Caro A+ Cle 20 4 3 0.571 3.16 14 11 0 62.2 40 27 22 7 36 62 1.21 1.72 8.90
  1992 Canton East AA Cle 21 14 6 0.700 3.01 24 24 0 152.1 122 68 51 4 75 118 1.29 1.57 7.00
  1993 Canton East AA Cle 22 0 0 --- 3.60 2 1 0 10.0 7 4 4 1 3 8 1.00 2.67 7.20
  1993 Charlotte IL AAA Cle 22 7 4 0.636 4.00 14 14 0 81.0 80 43 36 9 30 54 1.36 1.80 6.00
  1994 Canton East AA Cle 23 5 9 0.357 3.81 21 20 0 139.1 135 70 59 10 52 106 1.34 2.04 6.80
  1994 Charlotte IL AAA Cle 23 2 2 0.500 3.93 9 4 1 36.2 33 19 16 5 11 15 1.20 1.36 3.70
  1995 Norfolk IL AAA Nym 24 3 5 0.375 2.79 22 10 6 87.0 71 29 27 6 21 61 1.06 2.90 6.30
  1995 NY Mets NL MLB Nym 24 2 0 1.000 2.05 17 0 0 22.0 18 6 5 1 7 26 1.14 3.71 10.60
  1996 Norfolk IL AAA Nym 25 2 0 1.000 3.52 5 0 1 7.2 4 3 3 0 4 8 1.04 2.00 9.40
  1996 NY Mets NL MLB Nym 25 1 2 0.333 4.24 38 0 0 46.2 48 22 22 7 21 31 1.48 1.48 6.00
  1997 Richmond IL AAA Atl 26 2 1 0.667 3.18 3 3 0 17.0 14 6 6 2 1 14 0.88 14.00 7.40
  1997 Atlanta NL MLB Atl 26 4 4 0.500 5.26 31 4 0 53.0 47 34 31 6 28 37 1.42 1.32 6.30
  1998 Richmond IL AAA Atl 27 5 5 0.500 3.69 17 17 0 102.1 92 44 42 9 36 84 1.25 2.33 7.40
  1998 Atlanta NL MLB Atl 27 0 0 --- 13.50 1 0 0 2.0 4 3 3 0 1 1 2.50 1.00 4.50
  1998 Philadelphia NL MLB Phi 27 5 2 0.714 2.29 8 8 0 55.0 41 16 14 6 17 38 1.05 2.24 6.20
  1999 Philadelphia NL MLB Phi 28 15 11 0.577 4.60 32 32 0 199.2 205 119 102 34 70 106 1.38 1.51 4.80
  2000 Scranton-WB IL AAA Phi 29 2 0 1.000 1.73 3 3 0 26.0 20 6 5 2 6 10 1.00 1.67 3.50
  2000 Philadelphia NL MLB Phi 29 2 9 0.182 6.51 17 15 0 83.0 89 67 60 17 35 53 1.49 1.51 5.70
  2001 Clearwater FSL A+ Phi 30 0 3 0.000 3.42 4 4 0 23.2 24 10 9 1 5 17 1.23 3.40 6.50
  2001 Scranton-WB IL AAA Phi 30 1 3 0.250 3.65 5 5 0 37.0 34 18 15 4 7 35 1.11 5.00 8.50
  2001 Philadelphia NL MLB Phi 30 0 1 0.000 8.10 3 1 0 10.0 10 9 9 1 4 3 1.40 0.75 2.70
  2001 Kansas City AL MLB Kc 30 6 6 0.500 4.05 16 15 0 93.1 110 45 42 11 22 49 1.41 2.23 4.70
  2002 Kansas City AL MLB Kc 31 17 11 0.607 3.90 33 33 0 228.1 224 111 99 36 38 129 1.15 3.39 5.10
  2003 Greenville Sou AA Atl 32 0 0 --- 8.31 1 1 0 4.1 8 6 4 1 1 3 2.08 3.00 6.20
  2004 Greenville Sou AA Atl 33 1 1 0.500 7.11 3 3 0 12.2 13 10 10 2 5 8 1.42 1.60 5.70
  2004 Richmond IL AAA Atl 33 0 1 0.000 7.73 1 1 0 4.2 3 4 4 0 2 5 1.07 2.50 9.70
  2004 Atlanta NL MLB Atl 33 8 7 0.533 3.94 19 19 0 114.1 123 57 50 18 19 79 1.24 4.16 6.20
  2005 LA Angels AL MLB Laa 34 12 11 0.522 3.74 31 31 0 204.1 216 95 85 22 28 102 1.19 3.64 4.50
  2006 Cleveland AL MLB Cle 35 10 9 0.526 4.88 31 31 0 179.0 232 120 97 26 38 88 1.51 2.32 4.40
  2007 Cleveland AL MLB Cle 36 15 8 0.652 4.59 31 31 0 192.1 239 107 98 27 28 88 1.39 3.14 4.10
  2008 Cleveland AL MLB Cle 37 7 10 0.412 4.53 22 22 0 131.0 146 70 66 23 24 56 1.30 2.33 3.80
  2008 Boston AL MLB Bos 37 4 2 0.667 4.78 8 8 0 49.0 58 26 26 8 10 26 1.39 2.60 4.80
2009 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 38 0 1 0.000 5.14 2 2 0 7.0 2 0 0 0 4 11 0.86 2.75 14.14
2009 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 38 0 1 0.000 3.27 2 2 0 11.0 9 4 4 1 1 7 0.91 7.00 5.73
2009 Boston AL MLB Bos 38 1 3 0.250 5.82 7 6 0 34.0 47 22 22 4 11 11 1.71 1.00 2.91
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract:
June 10, 1991 (CLE)
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: June 1991 (Kinston)
Added to 40-man: August 30, 2009
MLB Debut:
July 28, 1995 (NYM)
     
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