Jonathan Pettibone

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The son of major leaguer Jay Pettibone, Jonathan Pettibone made it to the big leagues as well.

Pettibone was taken by the Philadelphia Phillies in the third round of the 2008 amateur draft, a supplemental pick for failing to sign Derek Dietrich. He was the third of four straight right-handed pitchers taken by the Phillies, following Jason Knapp and Vance Worley and ahead of Trevor May. The scout was Darrell Conner. He allowed three hits and two unearned runs in his only game for the 2008 GCL Phillies. With the 2009 Williamsport Crosscutters, he was unimpressive at 2-4, 5.35. He improved to 8-6, 3.49 for the 2010 Lakewood BlueClaws and had a 2-0, 1.50 record in the postseason. He was 9th in the South Atlantic League in ERA, between Brody Colvin and Kyle McPherson.

Jonathan had a tough-luck 2011, going 10-11 despite a 2.96 ERA for the Clearwater Threshers, a team that was over .500. He was among the Florida State League in wins (tied for 7th), losses (tied for 5th), innings (161, 1st by 4 1/3 over teammate Julio Rodriguez), strikeouts (115, tied for 9th with Nestor Molina) and ERA (5th behind Darin Gorski, Rodriguez, Brett Lorin and Jacob Thompson). Baseball America did not rate him as one of the FSL's top 20 prospects, though they picked three other Clearwater pitchers in May, Jarred Cosart and Colvin. They still listed him as the #4 overall Phillies prospect.

Pettibone split 2012 between the Reading Phillies (9-7, 3.30) and Lehigh Valley IronPigs (4-1, 2.55, .204 opponent average). He walked only 49 in 159 2/3 innings. He was 10th in the Eastern League in ERA. He was second in the Phillies farm chain in wins (two shy of Tyler Cloyd) and tied Cloyd for 7th in strikeouts (113). Baseball America named him the 19th-best Phillies prospect, between Wilmer Flores and Drake Britton. He was 0-1 with 15 hits and 12 runs (10 earned) in 9 1/3 innings to open 2013. Despite his early struggles, he was called up to replace the injured John Lannan.

Jonathan allowed a double to Starling Marte of the Pittsburgh Pirates to open his first major league start on April 22nd. He settled down, giving up two runs on solo homers by Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin in 5 1/3 innings, striking out six in an even battle with Pirates ace A.J. Burnett. Raúl Valdés relieved and picked up the win. Pettibone got his first victory in his second start, on April 27th, when he defeated the New York Mets, 9-4, helped by a pair of back-to-back homers by Domonic Brown and John Mayberry; with that win, he outdid his father, who had lost all four his starts in his brief major league career.


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