Clearwater Threshers outfielder Mike Floyd is trying to make a name for himself in the present for the Philadelphia Phillies organization, while being sandwiched between the organization's future and past.
His younger brother, Gavin, is the Phillies' top pitching prospect and his manager in Clearwater is Hall of Fame third baseman and Philadelphia legend Mike Schmidt.
Right now, Floyd is just trying to have a solid season after missing all of 2003 following shoulder surgery.
"It's been an uphill climb getting back into the game," said the 24-year-old Floyd, formerly of Severna Park. "I worked hard to rehab, but it was a lot more work when I started playing in games again."
Floyd tore the labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder in the first spring training game of 2003. He put in a lot of work to get ready for the 2004 season, but things looked bleak a month into his comeback. He was batting .167 midway through May.
But Floyd regained his stroke this summer. He has raised his average to .263 and has nine home runs, tied for second on the team. He says he has picked up at least a few things from Schmidt, a fellow right-handed hitter. In 2002, his first professional season, Floyd hit one home run in 69 games.
"It's fun playing for [Schmidt] and hearing him talk about baseball; you can't help take something away from a conversation with him," Floyd said. "When he takes me aside, I listen to him and incorporate what he says into my game."
Floyd also gets advice and a friendly ear from Gavin, now at Class AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre. Both Floyds were selected in the 2001 draft by the Phillies -- Mike, in the 22nd round as a junior from the University of South Carolina, and Gavin, fourth overall from their high school alma mater, Mount St. Joseph in Baltimore.
"We've always been close, but now we live together, we hang out together, we work out together," Floyd said. "We can pick up the phone and talk about baseball, and we know what the other's going through."