PETERSEN, MICHAEL

Position: Pitcher

DOB: May 16, 1994

Height: 6’7″ / Weight: 195

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Drafted (17th round, 2015)

Profile:  Originally drafted out of high school by Pittsburgh in the 19th round in 2012, Petersen opted for college and spent a year at West Valley College in California before being drafted again, this time by Texas in the 31st round in 2013.  He passed up an offer from the Rangers and enrolled at Riverside Community College, then was selected for a third time with the San Francisco Giants taking him in the 24th round.  He again chose to return to college, heading back to Riverside for one more season.  The Brewers selected him in the 17th round in 2015 and this time he signed, agreeing to a deal that included a bonus of $100,000.  He began his pro career that same season, pitching for Milwaukee’s affiliate in the AZL, then moved up to Helena the following season, spending both 2016 and 2017 pitching in the Pioneer League.  At six-foot-seven, Petersen is an intimidating presence on the mound and he has a big fastball to go along with his size.  Routinely sitting in the mid-90’s, he has been clocked at 97 mph in the past and could add even more velocity as he fills out.  Petersen has dealt with some injuries in the past and his mechanics need refinement as he issues more walks than you would like to see, but when he’s throwing strikes, his fastball can carry him a long way.

2015:  After signing with Milwaukee following the draft, Petersen made his way to Maryvale to begin his professional career with the AZL Brewers.  After having also pitched for the Battle Creek Bombers in the Northwoods League, the Brewers were careful to limit his innings as he went 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in four AZL outings.

2016:  Petersen opened up 2016 in extended spring training, then joined Helena once their season got underway in June.  He wound up pitching in ten games for Helena, starting five of them, and went 1-3 with a 7.71 earned run average.

2017:  Milwaukee had Petersen return to Helena for a second season in 2017 and he fared a little bit better, striking out more than a batter per inning in 46.1 innings of work.  He started nine of the 15 games he pitched in for Helena but again finished with a record of 1-3 and an ERA of 6.41, due in large part to his high walk totals.