Los Angeles Angels report card: Yusmeiro Petit
The Los Angeles Angels signed veteran pitcher Yusmeiro Petit to a one-year contract in the off season.
When the Los Angeles Angels signed Petit for $2.5 million they knew they were getting a pitcher who could provide stability and experience to their pitching staff. The right hander has had success in the past, turning in a positive WAR in each of the previous four seasons. The Angels were also getting someone who has experience as both a starter and a reliever.
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Petit has mostly pitched in relief the previous two years. However, having that swing man option is always a small comfort for any team. What the Los Angels Angels have gotten from Petit on the mound is more than a positive WAR.
In 12 out his 18 appearances, Petit has pitched more than one inning. Having an arm with some length is a great asset. Having an arm with length that is successful is an even better asset. Petit has a 2.35 ERA in 30 plus innings so far. In addition, Petit has a 3.07 FIP while still averaging over 10 K per 9 IP.
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Overall Grade: A. Petit is just one of four pitchers the team signed in the off season who have provided great performances for a team already saddled with a grocery list length disabled list.