Blue Jays add Jake Petricka on a Minor-League Deal

The Blue Jays added some more pitching depth today, inking former White Sock Jake Petricka to a minor-league contract. According to Ben Nicholson-Smith, Petricka, a righty, will earn $1.3 million if he plays in the major leagues with $500k in incentives.

Petricka was a really solid arm for the White Sox between 2013 and 2015, but in 2016 he had surgery to repair a labral tear in his right hip and didn’t pitch again that year. In 2017, Petricka was really bad, posting a 7.01 ERA in just 25 2/3 inning of work navigating through injury. But in 2015 and 2016, Petricka posted a 2.96 and 3.63 ERA respectively. His walk to strikeout numbers weren’t sexy for a reliever, but he did a very good job at keeping the ball in the park. That seems to be the trend for pitchers with this front office.

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The excellent resource ‘The Pitcher List‘ has a breakdown of Petricka’s pitch usage. He largely tosses a fastball and a changeup, which look very Danny Barnes esque.

This isn’t a big signing, or anything, but depth is never a bad thing. The Jays are going into spring training with quite a few options for the bullpen. Roberto Osuna, Ryan Tepera, and Barnes figure to be three arms at the back of the ‘pen, while Petricka joins Al Albuquerque as veterans seeking a role on the team.

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You may now carry on with your Thursday.

  • ErnieWhitt

    “That seems to be the trend for pitchers with this front office.”

    This is something I’ve been thinking about with this FO. While the trend in MLB has been to load up on huge arms with sky high K rates, the Jays seem to be trying to find a competitive advantage in other places (I’m not even so sure I understand what those might be). Maybe I’m reading too far into how teams might be philosophically different in terms of how they compile bullpens. It could just be that you throw shit at a wall to see what sticks.

    Relievers are so interesting given modern advanced stats and pitchfx data, along with the comparative lack of sample size against starters. If a team decided who cares about traditional stats – especially if we’re talking about guys who threw 20 innings. Let’s just load up on guys who have average exit velocities under 88mph and keep avg launch angles under 15 degrees. Maybe a FO that is willing to just disregard small sample performance could keep hitting Domenic Leone jackpots every year. Or maybe they would just sign a bunch of shit pitchers.. I’m not sure, but the breadth of information available now surely makes it easy for a FO to do a deep dive on some pretty marginal players.

  • Matty

    This is the type of guy you bring in with runners on in hopes of getting 2 outs with one pitch . Kinda like Joe Smith (before Smith started striking everyone out) but cheaper and on a milb deal