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Postby Absolutely Adequate » Thu Jul 22, 2004 2:32 pm

All right - can anybody fill me in on this guy? I don't know squat about him. Are his numbers a low-A mirage, or does he have the ability?
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Postby Mustangs989 » Thu Jul 22, 2004 3:05 pm

Here's what I found.....http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb ... id=1707303
Petit made a very successful North American debut in 2003, splitting the season between Kingsport and Brooklyn. As you point out, his numbers were excellent. At Kingsport, he went 3-3 but with a 2.32 ERA and a stunning 65/8 K/BB ratio in 62 innings, allowing just 47 hits. At Brooklyn, he made two starts and was similarly effective, posting a 2.19 ERA and a 20/2 K/BB in 12 innings. That combines for an 85/10 K/BB in 74 innings, obviously outstanding. All of his ratios come out strongly positive, and given his age at the time (18), it certainly looks like he's a top prospect.

Scouts aren't convinced just yet though. Petit definitely throws strikes and knows how to pitch, but his fastball is average, and his breaking ball and changeup, while effective, are not in the "WOW" category. He succeeded last year because he works the strike zone much better than most pitchers his age, and short-season hitters have a hard time with that. He is clearly worth watching, but we need to see how his stuff holds up at higher levels.
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Postby Absolutely Adequate » Thu Jul 22, 2004 3:38 pm

This is what made me curious:

Soothsayers have compared Petit to Sid Fernandez, a former Major League pitcher that had fantastic numbers in the minor leagues. The reason this comparison works is Petit, like Fernandez, had unreal numbers in fifteen low-A starts. In 83 innings, Petit allowed only 47 hits and 22 walks, against an insane 122 strikeouts. For those of you scoring at home, that’s a WHIP below 1.00, a K/BB above 5.00, and a K/9 nearing 13.50. Petit finds himself below a lot of Met prospects, but if these numbers continue, he’ll head the list in the winter.
(from all-baseball.com)
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Postby DK » Thu Jul 22, 2004 5:13 pm

Jesus, I'd draft him just for his name. 8o

Here are his full stats:


Player W L ERA G CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO
Yusmeiro Petit 9 2 2.39 15 0 0 0 83 47 29 22 8 22 122

Stats at St. Lucie:

Yusmeiro Petit 1 1 .77 3 0 0 0 11.2 3 1 1 0 9 17

Lot of walks, but it seems to be OK so far.
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Postby Amazinz » Sat Jul 24, 2004 2:08 pm

The El Sid comparison has been made because of his deceptive delivery. He throws a high-80s to low-90s fastball that eats up low level hitters because the release point is so late. The is why he has unusually high K ratios despite the lack of heat.

That is one knock against him from what I've read. Some scouts doubt that his effectiveness will continue as he rises through the levels because hitters at higher levels will adapt to the release point and turn on that slow fastball.

On the plus side they say he is mentally over-matching hitters, has great command and he changes speeds with skill that is pretty advanced for his level. They say his top-end speed will increase by the time he makes the show and if his skills changing speeds continue to increase he'll compensate for whatever he loses when the deceptive delivery wears off.
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Postby Amazinz » Thu Jul 29, 2004 2:11 pm

From the Baseball America newsletter:

Petit, Yusmeiro (W 2-2) 7 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 10 K 1.14 ERA

CG; 106.2 IP, 59 H, 34 BB, 152 K
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Postby Amazinz » Tue Aug 10, 2004 1:12 pm

Petit keeps on rocking:

IP 6 H 4 R 1 ER 1 BB 1 SO 11 HR 0

ERA 1.24 - 174 K in 119.1 IP

11 Ks in 6 innings. That's awesome. ;-D
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Postby Mookie4ever » Wed Aug 11, 2004 11:03 am

Sounds a lot like Dontrelle coming up.

Getting out minor leaguers with deceptive delivery is one thing but you need a little more in the bigs. A fastball topping out at the low 90s is not going to do it unless he has good movement or has 2 other good off speed pitches.

He is certainly one to keep an eye on.
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Postby Amazinz » Fri Sep 03, 2004 8:35 pm

ESPN wrote:Sam from New York asks:
Yusmeiro Petit is seemingly blowing everyone away in the minors, continuing his success from High Class A and proceeding to dominate Double-A hitters. Is he the real deal? And if so, when can my brilliant Mets management trade him away for a ball of yarn?


We looked at Petit, a right-handed pitcher, earlier this year, but with the end of the season approaching, this is a good time for a review.

Petit is a 19-year-old Venezuelan, signed by the Mets in 2001. He emerged as a prospect last summer by posting an 85/10 K/BB ratio in 74 innings, split between the short-season Appalachian and New York-Penn Leagues. I compared him to Nelson Figueroa in my book this year, which looks like an underestimate of his potential right now.

Petit began this year with the Capital City Bombers in the Sally League, going 9-2 in 15 starts with a 2.39 ERA and 122/22 K/BB in 83 innings. Promoted to St. Lucie in the Florida State League, he posted a 1.22 ERA and 62/14 K/BB in 44 innings, with just 27 hits allowed. He just moved up to Double-A, and the early returns there are still strong: seven innings in his first start, no runs allowed, four hits, no walks, 10 strikeouts.

Generously listed at 6-0, Petit is a short guy and as such draws skepticism from many scouts. His fastball is decent in the 88-92 range, not a gunburner but just fine if his other pitches are solid. His changeup and curveball have improved this year, and he's shown a remarkable ability to hit spots with all three of his offerings. His control is superb, he keeps the ball down, and shows a good feel for his craft. His statistical ratios are all excellent, particularly his K/BB and K/IP marks.

Double-A separates the wheat from the chaff, and if Petit's first start there is any indicator, the Mets certainly have another "real deal" prospect. He's headed for a Grade B+ grade in the 2005 book, maybe A- depending on how things play out. He should see the Show sometime next year at this rate.
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Postby Rirruto » Mon Sep 06, 2004 2:40 pm

I saw him pitch the other night at the B-Mets game, he wasn't too impressive but maybe it was just an off night.
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