Nick Petree: Prospect Profile for St. Louis Cardinals' 9th-Round Pick
Player: Nick Petree
Drafted by: St. Louis Cardinals (No. 275 overall)
DOB: 7/26/1990 (Age: 22)
Height/Weight: 6'1"/195 lbs
School: Missouri State
Previously Drafted: Never drafted
Hoping to follow in the footsteps of former Missouri State teammate Pierce Johnson, taken 43rd overall by the Chicago Cubs last year, Nick Petree has a lot of things stacked against him leading up to the draft.
Petree's college career started on a down note, as he sat out the 2010 season due to Tommy John surgery. He has remained healthy the past three seasons, but losing a year also makes him one of the older pitchers in this class. It also hurts that he is a bit undersized and could be limited to a relief role in the future.
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 20-80 scouting scale, where 50 is average, with the current score first and projected score second.
Slight frame at 6'1", 195 pounds; won't overpower hitters; shows tremendous pitchability and sequencing; very smooth, natural delivery; makes good use of shorter lower half and quick arm action to get ball on hitters quickly; will have to rely on deception and command.
Has never shown more than fringe-average velocity; body and delivery is filled out, won't add anything to fastball; pitch plays up thanks to natural cutting movement; also gets good action down in the zone; could play up thanks to late life, but lack of velocity leaves small margin of error.
Good feel for breaking ball; will challenge hitters with it in any count; solid tilt on the pitch, but hitters can pick up on it out of his hand; aggressive mentality and willingness to throw it at any point speaks to trust he has in pitch.
Best pitch in arsenal; uses it to keep hitters off balance; some decent action down in the zone; will fall in love with it, allowing hitters to time it; if he learns to spot the fastball early in counts, can use the changeup as put-away pitch; lack of arm speed doesn't give it enough separation from heater.
Can throw all three pitches for strikes in any count; lack of stuff and projection means his knack for staying around the plate will get him in trouble; some deception in windup could help him carve out a career.
Best tool is command; tends to pitch backward, only because he trusts off-speed stuff so much; ability to hide ball helps stuff play better than it is; will have to succeed by spotting the ball on the black.
MLB Player Comparison: Bruce Chen
Projection: No. 5 starter in second-division starting rotation.
MLB ETA: 2016
Chances of Signing: 100%
Yes, we are going with a perfect score here. Even though Petree isn't going to be taken before the second day, at the earliest, he is a senior at Missouri State and has very little leverage considering how low his ceiling is, and he is almost 23 years old.
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