The Good and the Bad of Yusmeiro Petit

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Updated: February 9, 2017

On Wednesday, the Angels bolstered their pitching staff by signing veteran Yusmeiro Petit to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. After spending time with a bunch of National League teams in the past, Petit is making his way to the American League. It is undecided if the Angels will use him as a starter or a reliever, but look for him to do both over the course of the 2017 season.

Let’s start with why Petit is a good pick-up for a low price. He has been around the MLB since 2006, meaning he has great experience as a major-leaguer. As a member of the San Francisco Giants, he had two great seasons in 2013 and 2014 with a FIP below 3.00, HR/FB rate below 10%, and an improved strikeout rate. He won Game 4 of the World Series for the Giants and took home a ring, showing he has postseason experience as well. Statistically, Petit has been a solid pitcher in his career. Some of his career statistics are listed: LOB% is 71.4% all-time (“average”), K% is 20.5% all-time (“average”), and BB% is 6.3% all-time (a little “above average”).

Although Petit has many good features, let’s look at his bad side. Although it is not necessarily a bad thing, he is a fly ball pitcher with a FB% of 46.3% throughout his career. As every baseball fan knows, more fly balls usually means more home runs. Petit’s HR/FB rate is 11.8% all-time (“poor”), which shows that he does give up the long ball. Since he is prone to giving up home runs, his FIP is 4.37 all-time (“poor”). The Angels need to give up fewer runs, so Petit must pitch like he did for the Giants in 2013 and 2014 in order to help the team out.

Take a look at Petit’s statistics as a starter and a reliever in his career:

  • Starting Pitcher: 309.0 IP, 4.95 ERA, .257 AVG, .311 OBP, .468 SLG, .335 wOBA
  • Relieving Pitcher: 228.0 IP, 4.07 ERA, .254 AVG, .298 OBP, .447 SLG, .316 wOBA

After reviewing the statistics above, Petit has clearly been better as a reliever throughout his career. In the 2016 season, the Angels bullpen’s FIP of 4.35 and K/9 of 7.23 put them as one of the weakest bullpens in the league. Improvement out of the relievers is much-needed for the Angels. Since Petit is known for his ability to strike batters out, making him a reliever seems like the best fit for him and the team next season. After reviewing Petit, his good side outweighs the bad, meaning Billy Eppler and the Angels did well with this pitching addition.


Jake Wilson is a Staff Writer at Halo Headquarters. Follow him on Twitter

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