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6/15/1972 (44 y, 8 m, 7 d)
1990 June Amateur Draft - Round: 22, Pick: 10, Overall: 577, Team: New York Yankees
$12M / 1 Years (2013)
Pettitte held the Astros to one run on five hits in a nine-inning complete game Saturday to pick up the win in the final start before his retirement. (9/28/2013)
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Year in Review:
On the surface, Pettitte’s 2009 season was roughly in line with the last few years, with an ERA of 4.16 and a WHIP of 1.38. But some of his 2009 peripherals were down significantly. He gave up 3.50 BB/9 – his worst rate since 2000 – and his ground-ball rate at 43% was his lowest since 2002 (or, as far back as FanGraphs has such data). At the same time, his strikeout rate of 6.8 K/9 was similar to his previous years’ totals. More walks and fewer ground balls, without an increase in strikeouts, is a poor trend for a pitcher. Even so, Pettitte’s xFIP was just 4.38, thus – even with the poorer peripherals – he was still a solid starter in ‘09. Pettitte started 32 games and, in front of an amazing Yankees offense, he won 14 games.
The Year Ahead:
In December, Pettitte re-signed with the Yankees for another year, so he will be back in the Yankees rotation for 2010. Pettitte has had a remarkably healthy career, starting at least 30 games in 13 of his 15 seasons, including the last five. As a result, projecting 30 starts and 180 innings is not unreasonable. He should have an ERA around 4.30, a WHIP of 1.40, about 135 strikeouts, and 12-14 wins. Perhaps he has one more early-2000s-level season in him, with a 3.75 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 175 Ks, but that is a long shot and represents the extent of his ceiling. Realistically, he is a solid, though thoroughly unspectacular, fantasy starter. In a 12-team mixed league, he is a back-of-the-rotation pitcher. (Dave Allen)
After spending a year away from baseball, the 40-year-old Pettitte made a surprise comeback in 2012 and exceeded every possible expectation: 2.87 ERA (3.48 FIP) and 8.24 strikeouts per nine (22.8 K%) in 75.1 innings across a dozen starts. He missed more than two months with a fractured ankle after getting hit by a comebacker, but otherwise was consistently excellent. Pettitte will return for another season in 2013 despite having not thrown more than 130 IP since 2009. His 2012 performance was wildly out of line with his 2008-2010 showings, which could be attributed to the small sample or being completely healthy after the year away. Pettitte should pile up wins and be useful enough in the other categories, but there is blow-up potential. (Mike Axisa)
The Quick Opinion:
Pettitte came out of retirement to pitch like an ace for a dozen starts in 2012, but it's been three years since he last topped 130 innings pitched He's been a solid fantasy option for years and should continue to be one in 2013, but the big lefty carries more risk than ever.
Back in September 2013, Pettitte announced that he was retiring for the second time. But, can we really trust him? After all, he did retire once before (after 2010) and is an admitted HGH user. So it is entirely plausible that his word is not final and that the Yankees can talk him out of retirement again, especially if they still need to fill two or three spots in their rotation come spring training. In reality, Pettitte likely is not coming back. He finished 2013 with a complete game effort near his home town and also got to ride off into the sunset with his legendary teammate, Mariano Rivera. At 41 years old, Pettitte was a serviceable starter with minimal fantasy value. Now he can spend his time trying not to "mis-remember" the highlights of his career. (
Michael A. Stein
The Quick Opinion:
There is no reason to draft Pettitte at all unless: 1) you are in need of someone to testify on your behalf and forget vital facts that could implicate you at trial, or 2) you have a very deep roster and want to stash him just in case he decides he wants to come back in the middle of 2014. Otherwise, we wish him well in his future endeavors.
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