Age (Opening Day 2011): 20
Weight: 200 lbs
How Acquired: 2008 draft, 3rd round
This was Pettibone’s first full professional season after being drafted by the Phillies in 2008. It showed during the first half of the season as he posted a 5.29 ERA in his first 11 starts. However, he was dominant once he got his feet under him, with a 2.41 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in his final 13 appearances (12 starts).
He was absolutely dominant in his 3 playoff starts, going 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA, 0.68 WHIP and striking out 21 in 19 innings.
I probably have Pettibone a little higher than most for a couple reasons. First, he is a groundball pitcher who had a very good GB/FB (1.50), this would be good for a Phillies pitcher for obvious reasons. Second, he really came on strong at the end of year (including improving his K/9 rate immensely) and I was looking mostly at those numbers. Finally, I think that given his frame and age, it’s possible he could add some velocity to his pitches as time goes on.
As to what he throws, his fastball comes in at the low 90s and he also throws a curve and change, both average pitches at the moment.
What to Look For in 2011
Whether Pettibone can carry his late season success into a full season of success in Clearwater. Pettibone has had some injury issues, so it would be big for him simply to get through another season. At only 20, a big season at Clearwater could shoot him up this list.
Grades (Out of 10)
Upside – 6
I’m not sure yet, I’d say his upside right now is in the 4th starter range
Production – 6
Very solid year. 2nd half was among the best in the system.
Proximity to Majors – 2
20 years old and hasn’t pitched above low-A.
For all posts on Phillies’ Prospects, including the rest of the top-20, visit our Top Prospects Page