Yusmeiro Petit has been a godsend for the Giants this post-season, having tossed 12 scoreless innings in the post-season thus far. When the game went extra innings, as it did in the NLDS against the Nationals, Petit was there to soak up six innings. When Ryan Vogelsong faltered, as he did in both the NLCS and the World Series, Petit tossed a trio of innings to bridge the gap to middle relief.
Petit’s sterling performance in the playoffs, along with his 3.69 ERA in 117 innings during the regular season as a swingman, has not gone unnoticed. Manager Bruce Bochy thinks Petit should be under consideration for a job in the Giants’ rotation in 2015. Via Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle:
“I think you have to look at how he’s thrown the ball,” Bochy said. “That’s one of the things we’ll talk about in the offseason. This guy has saved us out of the pen and when we’ve need a starter. It’s something we’re very much aware of: He can start, too.”
Petit, who was one strike away from a perfect game on September 6, 2013 against the Diamondbacks, performed better as a reliever than as a starter during the regular season with a 5.03/1.84 ERA disparity between the two roles. However, the samples were made up of only 68 and 49 innings respectively, and Petit could certainly grow into the role with an off-season to condition himself.
The 29-year-old was once a well-regarded prospect in the Mets’ system, earning a #49 overall rating from Baseball America going into the 2005 season and #69 going into the ’06 season.