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Adopted: Yusmeiro Petit

Willets Point
Jun 15 2005 11:47 AM

Note to self: Need to create an Adopt-a-Prospect forum.

My little 'un, frequent in the trade rumor mill, returned to pitching for the first time since May 20th after recovering from shoulder soreness. Petit pitched well but was limited to a fifty pitch count.

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Jun 15 2005 01:34 PM

I'll be surprised if Petit is a Met through the end of this season, I hope he is but there is so much talk about him and with Omar looking to upgrade 1st he's a goner.

Edgy DC
Jun 15 2005 01:42 PM
Edited 1 time(s), most recently on Jul 25 2005 09:46 AM

Don't buy into the "Where's there's smoke, there's fire" argument.

Jun 15 2005 01:44 PM

I try not to, the Brewers called up Prince Fielder for IL play so don't be shocked if Overbay comes here for Petit and whatever else.

Yancy Street Gang
Jun 15 2005 02:01 PM

I'm sure there are many ways to trade for a first baseman without including Petit.

Willets Point
Jun 15 2005 02:03 PM

We're hoping you're right Yancy.

Willets Point
Jul 11 2005 12:19 AM

Yusmeiro pitches one inning using only 9 pitches in a
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Futures Game victory for the World team.

Jul 11 2005 12:00 PM

]Reminiscent of Sid
Mets prospect Petit sneaky fast, prompts images of Fernandez


July 11, 2005

DETROIT -- Yusmeiro Petit threw just nine pitches yesterday, and the fastest registered at 91 mph on the Comerica Park radar gun. Yet the Mets' top pitching prospect cruised through his one inning of work, generating a trio of pop flies against three of his fellow highly regarded youngsters.

It's that success, those fly balls and a noticeable gut that explain why Baseball America has referred to the 20-year-old as "a righthanded Sid Fernandez."

"It's OK," the Venezuelan said of the comparison after the annual All-Star Futures Game in which the World team defeated the United States, 4-0. "No problem."

It would be no problem for the Mets, either, given the success that Fernandez had in blue and orange. Although Fernandez's superiors often lamented that he didn't keep himself in better shape, they also marveled at how his delivery fooled opposing batters so often.

The same goes for Petit, listed as 6 feet and 180 pounds (he seems bigger), who has a 3-2 record, 2.97 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings for Double-A Binghamton.

"He kind of pushes the ball out of his uniform, and it's on top of it [the plate] before you know it," said Dan Warthen, the pitching coach for the Mets' Triple-A Norfolk affiliate, who has worked extensively with Petit in spring training and worked for the World team yesterday. "So that 91 looks like 94 or 95."

Padres prospect Josh Barfield, who popped out to second base against Petit, didn't find the righthander's delivery particularly deceptive. Said Barfield: "He has a real good changeup, and he works fast."

Signed as an international free agent in 2001, Petit has climbed the Mets' ladder with few problems; he also pitched in last year's Futures Game. His 200 strikeouts last year, compiled for Class A Capital City, Class A St. Lucie and Binghamton, ranked second overall in the minor leagues. That explains how he climbed from Baseball America's 28th-ranked Mets prospect to No. 2 in one year.

In the wake of Petit's winter work in Venezuela, the Mets have had him on a strict pitch count. But Petit said yesterday, "In the second half, I'm ready to throw a lot of innings."

Warthen said all the righthander needs to work on now is "experience. Just continue to pitch. Use his changeup and slider a little bit more, which the organization is encouraging. But right now, the guy locates, he's got a good feel for pitching. He recognizes what hitters are trying to do. It's nice to see at a young age, a pitcher who is a true pitcher."

The Mets' top-ranked prospect, outfielder Lastings Milledge, also played in the Futures Game and grounded out to shortstop in his lone at-bat for the U.S. club. Milledge's pro career began in ugly fashion, as a report surfaced of inappropriate sexual behavior in high school. But nothing was ever substantiated, and the Mets' 2003 first-round draft pick said, "It's something that's forgotten."

He hit .302 with a .385 on-base percentage for St. Lucie in the first half, and he said yesterday that he'll begin the second half with Binghamton.

"I'm definitely happy with how things are going right now," said Milledge, 20. "I've still got a lot of work. A lot more steps to go."

Edgy DC
Jul 11 2005 12:28 PM

That report, of course, surfaced well before his pro career.

Willets Point
Jul 13 2005 12:22 PM

Fresh off his Futures Game appearance, my little All-Star is set to make an appearance in tonight's AA All-Star Game.

Willets Point
Jul 14 2005 01:48 PM

Or just sit in the bullpen and watch. Doesn't matter, just saves his arm for games that count.

Willets Point
Jul 17 2005 09:07 PM

The Little Guy strikes out 8 in seven innings for a win in a big game against Reading:
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Why the hell won't my links work in this thread?

Willets Point
Jul 25 2005 09:27 AM

Little Yusmeiro threw his first career <a href=""> complete game including retiring the last 18 batters he faced. Record improves to 5-2 on the season.

Willets Point
Jul 31 2005 08:42 PM

My prospect was not included in any short-sighted trade deadline deals for overvalued, aging "established veterans." Whew!

Willets Point
Aug 03 2005 10:48 AM

My adoptee is a stopper, earning his fourth win in five starts and helping end the B-Mets losing streak.


Willets Point
Aug 08 2005 11:14 AM

Another kickass victory for young Petit, with 7 k's over 7 innings.

Willets Point
Aug 17 2005 03:22 PM

My boy's unstopable:

]Yusmeiro Petit struck out a season-high 12 and retired 24 of 27 to face him Wednesday afternoon as the Binghamton Mets salvaged the finale of their five-game series against the Portland Sea Dogs with a 4-0 win at Hadlock Field.

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Aug 17 2005 04:02 PM

WP, you're such a proud parent.
So, do you have any later baby pictures than the one above?


Shame on you!


Willets Point
Aug 17 2005 04:10 PM

Here's one.

Aug 17 2005 04:15 PM

My, he's grown!

Just wanted to check on those comments about his similarities to Bartolo Colon.


Willets Point
Aug 20 2005 05:44 PM

Movin' on up!!!

]The Tides are expected to add RHP Yusmeiro Petit to their roster for the stretch run. Petit, who was considered trade bait earlier this summer , is considered the best pitching prospect in the Metsí minor leagues. In Binghamton this season, Petit was 9-3 with a 2.91 ERA. In 117 innings, he has 130 strikeouts and 18 walks. Opponents are batting .209 against him


Aug 21 2005 11:52 PM

I want him in the rotation next season. That K/BB ratio is ridiculous.

Willets Point
Aug 23 2005 08:00 AM

Here's Petit in his new uniform:

Now the bad news:

]Tides starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings in his Triple-A debut at Harbor Park on Monday night. He struck out six batters and walked three.

Petit took the loss for the Tides.

Aug 23 2005 08:57 AM

He's just adjusting - it takes a little time to get used to a new school and new classmates. Your little one will be fine.

Willets Point
Aug 23 2005 09:45 AM

And where did the photo go?

Aug 24 2005 09:42 AM

And my post from yesterday.


Diamond Dad
Aug 28 2005 02:37 PM
Pettit reminds me of . .

Big Sid Fernandez. Kind of a short-arm sling delivery, but hard to pick up. I'd love to see the Mets keep him and see how he develops

Willets Point
Aug 29 2005 11:10 AM

My little guy's troubles at his new school continue.

And Jorge Toca for G-d's sake!!!!

Edgy DC
Aug 29 2005 11:12 AM

Hasn't Petit started slowly at other levels before kicking it into gear?

Aug 29 2005 11:36 AM

Willets Point wrote:
My little guy's troubles at his new school continue.

And Jorge Toca for G-d's sake!!!!
I think you should keep your littl'un away from that Danny Graves fella, he sounds like bad news.

Willets Point
Sep 03 2005 01:21 PM

Crap. Three great innings and then totatl and utter collapse. Looks like Petit is ready to be a real Met.,0,3280458.story?coll=dp-headlines-virginia

Willets Point
Sep 09 2005 09:24 AM

Now this is the Yusmeiro I know and love!

Petit earns his first AAA win and helps the Tides even their playoff series vs. the Mudhens with an 8 inning, 14 k, 6 hit, 1 walk, 3 run performance.


Willets Point
Nov 23 2005 11:28 AM

Sniff. Just once I'd like to see one of my little guys make it to the Mets before he runs away.

Looks like I need a new adoptee.

Nov 23 2005 12:18 PM

I feel responsible for Willets' pain :(