Monday, January 24, 2005

Yusimeiro Petit Report

Yusimeiro Petit, RHP, New York Mets
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 2001, Venezuela
Bats R/Throws R
20 YO, 6'0", 180 lbs

The Mets farm system has thinned out a bit, and they haven't helped themselves by trading away players like Justin Huber and Scott Kazmir. But Petit's one to keep an eye on. On the mound, Petit is mature beyond his years, mixing a high 80's fastball with a good change and an improving slider. If you don't have Randy Johnson's stuff, it helps to have some smarts. Another thing that he has is a bit of deception in his delivery. Some scouts have some questions about his ceiling since he doesn't have a flashy fastball or a killer breaking ball, but it's pretty hard to criticize a guy too heavily when he makes it to AA before his 20th birthday.

Petit started the season in the Sally League and ended up in the Eastern League. Let's recap his results.

Capital City (Sally)- 2.39 ERA, 122 K, 22 BB, 47 H, 83 IP

St Lucie (FSL)- 1.22 ERA, 62 K, 14 BB, 27 H, 44 IP

Binghampton (EL)- 4.50 ERA, 16 K, 5 BB, 10 H, 12 IP

Pretty impressive. In 214 career minor league innings, he has a spectacular 12 strikeouts per nine innings and 2.15 walks per 9.

He'll probably start 2005 back in Binghampton, but if he picks up where he left off in 2005, he'll be in Queens by the end of the season.

ETA: Late 2005
4 Stars

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