According to the Daily News, Rick Peterson took top pitching prospect Yusmeiro Petit to the bio-mechanics lab in Birmingham. The results?
Is this a gimmick or actual talent? Does it matter? Statheads and traditional scouts will be watching him closely this year as he starts in AA. Statheads look at his production and see a great prospect (#15 on Baseball Prospectus' Top 50 list). Traditional scouts see his stocky frame and so-so velocity and question his staying power (Baseball America ranks him #46 overall).
I love the guy, and I hope he proves the statheads right.
Update: Baseball America held their Top 100 Prospects Chat yesterday, and we got the following Q/A about Petit's low ranking:
A: John Manuel: He's at 46, so it's not like we disagree so much. All the pitchers ahead of him have bigger stuff, longer track records of success at higher levels, better bodies or some combination of those factors. I like where we have him.