Orioles Prospect Profile #18: Jacob Pettit

Orioles Prospect Profile #18: Jacob Pettit

Pettit was huge for the Keys in the playoffs in 2011, can he repeat that in 2012

Jacob Pettit

Position: LHP

Height: 6'1”

Weight: 185 lb

Born: 10/28/1986

Throws: Left

Background

The Orioles 42nd round selection in the 2010 draft, Pettit hails from Division II Western Oregon University. Pettit was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2010. The Southpaw will be entering his second full season in the organization.

The Washington native opened the eyes of many in the organization with his stellar 2011 campaign. Between Class-A Delmarva and High-A Frederick, Pettit accumulated a 12-4 record and an ERA of 3.38. Frederick is where fans and the Orioles organization witnessed his best work as he posted a mark of 7-0 and a 1.62 ERA in 10 starts. He was tremendous in the playoffs as he lead the Keys to their fourth Mills Cup trophy.

Scouting Report:

The 25-year-old has a good feel for pitching. He isn't a guy that is going to blow hitters away with his pitch speed. Pettit touts a fastball that sits in the 88-92 mph range, a plus changeup and an average slider.

Pettit knows how to work with his three pitches because he mixes them up well. He has a good fastball, changeup combination that can fool hitters. Pettit knows how to throw strikes which is critical for him because he doesn't overpower hitters.

The question is can Pettit sustain his success at the higher levels? It's not all about overpowering hitters more than it is outsmarting them. He is a coachable pitcher, which only means he can get better. He has the intelligence to pitch at the higher levels.

Performance

                                                                                          

Level

Team

Games

Starts

W

L

ERA

K

BB

K/9

SO/BB

A

Delmarva

16

15

5

4

4.42

65

30

6.2

2.17

A+-

Frederick

10

10

7

0

1.62

41

15

6.6

2.73


Health Record

There are no known injuries for Pettit during his collegiate career and professional career to this point.

Future

Pettit can be considered as a dark horse in the organization. He still is not on most top 20 prospect radars, but he should be. At highest peak, the 2011 playoff hero could be a lefty specialist at the major league level.

Pettit will have to show further progression in 2012 to maintain his status on the prospect charts. Expect the Orioles to start him in Frederick. It would be a major stretch to see him in Baltimore this season, but Triple-A Norfolk is a possibility if he can perform at a high level.

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