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Full Name: Paul Gregory Byrd Current Team:
Height/Weight: 6'1"/185 Uniform Number:
Birthdate: December 3, 1970 Entry Draft: 4th round (112th) in 1991
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky Drafted By: Cleveland Indians
Primary Position: SP College: Louisiana State University


Biography

Born on December 3, 1970 in Louisville, Kentucky, Paul Byrd (Paul Gregory Byrd) played for the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Royals, Anaheim Angels and Cleveland Indians over the course of his 11 year career. Byrd attended LSU and was selected in the 4th round (112th overall) by the Indians in the 1991 draft. He broke into the bigs on July 28, 1995 with the New York Mets, and put up a 5.26 ERA in 53 innings pitched in 1997, his rookie year.

Most people believe that Paul Byrd's best season was 2002, when he posted a 3.90 ERA, won 17 games and struck out 129 batters.

Byrd was one of the players named in baseball's Mitchell Report. His name was located under in the "Alleged Internet Purchases" section of the report. According to a San Francisco Chronicle article published on October 21, 2007, Byrd had purchased $25,000 worth of HGH from the Palm Beach Rejuvenation Center. The article also alleges that there were 13 transactions between 2002 and 2005, that Byrd used his credit card to purchase the drugs, and that he received over 1,000 vials of HGH in those purchases.

Byrd's response to the allegations were that the HGH was to treat a tumor on his pituitary gland, and that the Indians and MLB knew about his pituitary gland issue. However, Rob Manfred, an official for the Commissioner's Office, has since denied that MLB has given anyone, even Byrd, a therapeutic use exemption for HGH.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1995 NYM N 17 0 2 0 2.05 26 6 5 0 0 0 22 18 1 7 1 1 1
1996 NYM N 38 0 1 2 4.24 31 22 22 0 0 0 46.2 48 7 21 4 3 0
1997 ATL N 31 4 4 4 5.26 37 34 31 0 0 0 53 47 6 28 4 3 4
1998 PHI N 8 8 5 2 2.29 38 16 14 2 1 0 55 41 6 17 1 2 0
1998 ATL N 1 0 0 0 13.50 1 3 3 0 0 0 2 4 0 1 0 0 0
1998 Total N 9 8 5 2 2.68 39 19 17 2 1 0 57 45 6 18 1 2 0
1999 PHI N 32 32 15 11 4.60 106 119 102 1 0 0 199.2 205 34 70 2 11 17
2000 PHI N 17 15 2 9 6.51 53 67 60 0 0 0 83 89 17 35 2 1 3
2001 PHI N 3 1 0 1 8.10 3 9 9 0 0 0 10 10 1 4 0 1 1
2001 KCR A 16 15 6 6 4.05 49 45 42 1 0 0 93.1 110 11 22 1 1 1
2001 Total 19 16 6 7 4.44 52 54 51 1 0 0 103.1 120 12 26 1 2 2
2002 KCR A 33 33 17 11 3.90 129 111 99 7 2 0 228.1 224 36 38 1 3 7
2004 ATL N 19 19 8 7 3.94 79 57 50 0 0 0 114.1 123 18 19 0 1 2
2005 LAA A 31 31 12 11 3.74 102 95 85 2 1 0 204.1 216 22 28 1 1 7
2006 CLE A 31 31 10 9 4.88 88 120 97 1 0 0 179 232 26 38 3 2 6
2007 CLE A 31 31 15 8 4.59 88 107 98 2 2 0 192.1 239 27 28 3 5 6
2008 CLE A 22 22 7 10 4.53 56 70 66 1 0 0 131 146 23 24 0 0 5
2008 BOS A 8 8 4 2 4.78 26 26 26 0 0 0 49 58 8 10 0 0 2
2008 Total A 30 30 11 12 4.60 82 96 92 1 0 0 180 204 31 34 0 0 7
2009 BOS A 7 6 1 3 5.82 11 22 22 0 0 0 34 47 4 11 0 0 0
Total NL 166 79 37 36 4.55 374 333 296 3 1 0 585.2 585 90 202 14 23 28
Total AL 179 177 72 60 4.33 549 596 535 14 5 0 111.1 1272 157 199 9 12 34
Total 308 220 97 81 4.35 830 811 717 16 6 0 1483 1606 212 356 23 35 55

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1995 NYM N P 17 0 22 1 3 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 .800
1996 NYM N P 38 0 46.2 4 6 0 0 0 0 6 2 1 1.000
1997 ATL N P 31 4 53 6 4 1 0 0 0 5 3 0 .909
1998 PHI N P 8 8 55 3 7 1 1 0 0 3 1 1 .909
1998 ATL N P 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1998 Total N P 9 8 57 3 7 1 1 0 0 3 1 1 .909
1999 PHI N P 32 32 199.2 10 25 6 3 0 1 13 7 2 .854
2000 PHI N P 17 15 83 6 9 1 1 0 0 6 3 0 .938
2001 PHI N P 3 1 10 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1.000
2001 KCR A P 16 15 93.1 5 15 1 0 0 1 5 4 1 .952
2001 Total P 19 16 103.1 8 16 1 0 0 1 8 4 1 .960
2002 KCR A P 33 33 228.1 18 15 1 1 0 0 9 6 0 .971
2004 ATL N P 19 19 114.1 7 15 3 2 0 0 8 3 0 .880
2005 LAA A P 31 31 204.1 16 20 2 0 0 3 13 6 1 .947
2006 CLE A P 31 31 179 10 16 5 4 0 0 18 5 1 .839
2007 CLE A P 31 31 192.1 15 20 0 3 0 0 11 2 2 1.000
2008 CLE A P 22 22 131 4 10 1 0 0 1 3 5 1 .933
2008 BOS A P 8 8 49 2 9 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 .917
2008 Total A P 30 30 180 6 19 2 1 0 1 5 5 3 .926
2009 BOS A P 7 6 34 2 5 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 1.000
Total P 345 256 1697 112 180 24 17 0 8 109 48 13 .924

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1995 NYM N 17 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1996 NYM N 38 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997 ATL N 31 7 0 1 0 1 .143 .143 .143 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0
1998 PHI N 8 18 1 3 0 1 .167 .250 .167 0 0 1 7 1 0 0 0 0
1998 ATL N 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 Total N 9 18 1 3 0 1 .167 .250 .167 0 0 1 7 1 0 0 0 0
1999 PHI N 32 55 6 7 0 4 .127 .200 .127 0 0 5 11 0 11 0 0 2
2000 PHI N 17 20 2 3 0 0 .150 .227 .150 0 0 1 6 1 2 0 0 0
2001 PHI N 4 2 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2001 KCR A 16 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
2001 Total 20 6 0 1 0 0 .167 .167 .167 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0
2002 KCR A 33 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2004 ATL N 19 30 2 6 0 4 .200 .314 .200 0 0 5 7 0 8 0 0 0
2005 LAA A 31 4 0 1 0 0 .250 .250 .250 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 CLE A 31 4 0 1 0 0 .250 .250 .250 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
2007 CLE A 31 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 CLE A 22 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2008 BOS A 8 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2008 Total A 30 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2009 BOS A 7 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total NL 167 135 11 22 0 10 .163 .242 .163 0 0 12 33 2 24 0 0 2
Total AL 179 21 0 2 0 0 .095 .095 .095 0 0 0 6 0 3 0 0 0
Total 346 156 11 24 0 10 .154 .224 .154 0 0 12 39 2 27 0 0 2

Transactions

  • Selected by Cincinnati Reds in the 13th round of the free-agent draft - did not sign (June 1, 1988).
  • Selected by Cleveland Indians in the 4th round of the free-agent draft (June 3, 1991 - signed June 10, 1991).
  • Traded by Cleveland Indians with Jerry DiPoto, Dave Mlicki and a player to be named later to New York Mets in exchange for Jeromy Burnitz and Joe Roa (November 18, 1994); New York Mets received Jesus Azuaje (December 6, 1994).
  • Traded by New York Mets with a player to be named later to Atlanta Braves in exchange for Greg McMichael (November 25, 1996); Atlanta Braves received Andy Zwirchitz (May 25, 1997).
  • Claimed on waivers by Philadelphia Phillies from Atlanta Braves (August 14, 1998).
  • Granted free agency (October 12, 2000).
  • Signed by Philadelphia Phillies (January 29, 2001).
  • Traded by Philadelphia Phillies to Kansas City Royals in exchange for Jose Santiago (June 5, 2001).
  • Granted free agency (November 21, 2001).
  • Signed by Kansas City Royals (January 10, 2002).
  • Granted free agency (October 28, 2002).
  • Signed by Atlanta Braves (December 18, 2002).
  • Granted free agency (October 28, 2004).
  • Signed by Anaheim Angels (December 14, 2004).
  • Granted free agency (October 27, 2005).
  • Signed by Cleveland Indians (December 7, 2005).

Trivia

  • Byrd pitched the 2007 home opener for the Cleveland Indians versus the Seattle Mariners. Byrd pitched 4 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball before the game was called on account of snow, one strike away from becoming an official game. All four games of that weekend's series were canceled due to weather.


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