41. Curtis Petersen -RHP - 6'4 - 180lbs
(last year: NR)
When the Marlins drafted right hander Curtis Petersen in the 4th round of the 2008 draft, there was a strong chance he would end up going to Nebraska instead of him signing with the Fish. This all changed once the Marlins offered him a $350,000 signing bonus. As a senior at Ryan High School, Petersen went 12-2 with a 1.03era and struck out 127 batters.
Scouts love the 6’4 right hander’s projectability and believe as he matures, his velocity should increase as well. Right now he works in the high 80s but can hit 92mph with his fastball. He has an above average fastball for an 18 year old and his changeup has the makings of a plus pitch as well. Petersen has a clean, repeatable delivery which should allow him to continue to throw his secondary pitches for strikes.
Petersen got knocked around, albeit in just 14 innings with the Gulf Coast League Marlins. The rest of the time he spent in extended spring training. Just 19, he’ll probably spend more time in the GCL next year, while also seeing time in Jamestown.