"He throws REALLY hard. The Twins used to be known as an organization that loved finesse guys who throw strikes, but that has changed in recent years and now they chase velocity just like every other organization. As McDaniel warned during the broadcast, however, prep pitchers who throw 100 mph are big, big injury risks." - ESPN Insider
The Minnesota Twins selected the Mainland Regional High School pitcher Chase Petty with the 26th selection in the first round of the MLB First Year Player Draft Sunday night.
Petty is the first Cape-Atlantic League player to be selected in the first round of the draft since the Los Angeles Angels selected Mike Trout with the 25th pick in the first round of the 2009 draft.
Petty created a sensation among draft followers with his enthusiastic and infectious personality in both his TV interviews and Zoom call with Twins reporters.
Here is what people are saying on social media about Petty:
ESPN.com on the Twins selecting Petty
Keith Law from The Athletic on the Twins selecting Petty
"Chase Petty is the now-stuff high school guy of this draft, up to 101 this spring with a power slider, coming from a high-effort delivery that is tough to repeat and makes him more likely to end up in the bullpen in the long term. The Twins haven't taken a high school pitcher in the first round since Kohl Stewart in 2013, and have had just one first-round high school pitcher turn into a successful big league starter -- Jose Berrios, 2012 -- in franchise history, so this was certainly a surprise. I do wonder if they'll leave his delivery alone or try to tone it down so he can repeat it better and throw more strikes." - Law
Jonathan Mayo from MLB Pipeline on Twins selecting Petty
"Petty has as much arm strength as any high school pitcher in this class, often topping 100 mph with his fastball. Not all scouts were in love with his delivery, but he throws his fastball and plus slider, as well as a changeup, for strikes. There is a chance he ends up as a reliever, but I think he has every chance to start" - Mayo
SI.COM on the Twins selecting Petty
"Petty impressed evaluators with his consistent fastball sitting in the upper 90s across the summer high school showcase circuit, and he recorded a 1.15 ERA in 48 2/3 innings in his senior season at Mainland High School. Petty’s mature presence on the mound sets him up for a solid future as a starter within the Twins organization." - SI.COM
Chase Petty talking about his relationship with Mike Trout
Petty has a new fan
Chase Petty is my new favorite pitcher— #Maeda4CyYoung 👑 (@DollaBillKrill) July 12, 2021