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- Bats Right, Throws Right
Petr Minařík has pitched for the Czech national team several times.
Minařík was 7-1 with a 1.95 ERA for Draci Brno in 2003 (the first season for which Czech stats are presently available online); he tied for second in the Extraliga in wins and was 7th in ERA. In the 2003 European Championship, he allowed 10 hits and 3 walks in 6 1/3 IP but escaped with a reasonable 4.26 ERA.
Petr had a 6-0, 0.84 record in 2004; he tied for second in the circuit in wins and was fifth in ERA. During the 2005 campaign, the young right-hander was 9-1 with a 1.34 ERA and struck out 85 in 80 1/3 IP. He tied teammate Radek Procházka for the win lead, was 8th in innings, was third in strikeouts and was third in ERA behind Petr Pacas and Jan Homolka.
In the 2005 Baseball World Cup, Minařík gave up 7 hits, 3 walks and 8 runs in 4 1/3 innings while only striking out one, finding international players a tougher challenge than Czech hitters he was used to. His 16.62 ERA tied Boris Bokaj for second-worst on the Czech staff, better only than Jan Drábek.
In 2006, Minařík was 12-2 with a 1.51 ERA. He again led the Extraliga in victories and also led in innings (89 1/3) and strikeouts (85) while finishing 9th in ERA. He only pitched five games in 2007, going 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA. He still made the Czech squad for the 2007 European Championship, allowing one unearned run in four innings and saving a win over Austria.
Petr had a busy 2008, appearing in three international events as well as in the Extraliga. He went 8-3 with a save and a 1.74 ERA as Draci Brno continued its run of Extraliga pennants during his career; he was among the leaders in ERA (4th, behind Procházka, Martin Schneider and Jon-Jon Robles), innings (8th, 72 1/3), opponent OBP (4th, .274) and strikeouts (8th, 59).
In the 2008 European Cup in Regensburg, Minařík was 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA, beating out Russian entry MGPU SYOS 42. During the 2008 European Championship Qualifiers, he allowed no hits and one unearned run in 3 1/3 innings, fanning four as the Czech team won a spot in the 2010 European Championship. Petr also pitched in the 2008 World University Championship, going 0-2 but with a 2.45 ERA and .157 opponent average and shutting out Taiwan for five innings before the Taiwan team rallied for a 3-2 win. He allowed one run in two innings in the 2009 European Cup.