In his Grapefruit League debut on Wednesday night, Pettitte looked a little shaky on the mound.
Pettitte got through three innings of work and allowed just one run. He also allowed four hits and three walks, but still managed to strike out three batters. Pettitte did leave two runners on base, but reliever Cody Eppley got him out of the jam.
The team wanted to let Pettitte throw at least 60 pitches, and he did exactly that. He may not have had the best command over his fastball, but it is still positive to see him on the mound so soon.
Pettitte was visibly upset in the outing, though, because he missed his location completely on several occasions. That said, it was his first outing of the year, so it is expected that he will struggle a little. If anything, Pettitte’s show of frustration was because he is a perfectionist and wants to be in mid-season form already. Look for him to get better as the spring wears on.
Pettitte will still be a great third starter to target in drafts this year. He is currently falling well outside of the top-50 pitchers in 2013, and could prove to be a great sleeper in the middle of the draft.