Philadelphia Phillies: Could Jonathan Pettibone be the Ace of the Future?
The Philadelphia Phillies’ starting rotation has experienced injuries throughout the season. John Lannan was put on the DL in early April with a knee early but has returned. Roy Halladay was also placed on the DL with a shoulder injury and he had surgery.
The Phillies needed an extra arm in their rotation. Jonathan Pettibone was called up from the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs and has made a statement.
Pettibone has started 14 games with a record of 4-3 with an ERA of 3.99. He has 49 strikeouts, which puts him fourth out of all Phillies’ pitchers. Last night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, he struck out six, tying a career-high.
Pettibone was a 2008 third-round draft pick for the Phillies and was ranked a top prospect. While he was in the minor leagues, he was able to get the honor of pitcher of the week in 2009, 2010, and 2011. He was also a mid-season All-Star in Clearwater in 2011.
The Phillies were not sure if they were going to keep Pettibone in the big leagues. They had thought about sending him back down to the minors, but It does not seem like Pettibone had any difficulty adjusting to the major leagues and he has proven why he deserves to stay.
Each time he goes out to the mound, he gives the Phillies a chance to win. It seems as if he gets better with each start. Pettibone will be exciting to watch in the future. He could potentially be the up and coming ace.