The Miami Marlins made a notable signing on Tuesday, inking undrafted free-agent pitcher Jared Pettitte to a minor-league deal. “Notable” because Pettitte is one of the sons of longtime big-league left-hander Andy, and the Marlins are, of course, owned in part by Derek Jeter, or Andy’s most famous teammate during their shared time with the New York Yankees.
This Pettitte, a 23-year-old lefty, split his collegiate career between the University of Houston and Dallas Baptist University. He made 13 appearances (four of them starts) for the Patriots this season, compiling a 5.81 ERA and a 1.24 strikeout-to-walk ratio. For the entirety of his college experience, he appeared 24 times with marks of a 6.29 ERA and a 1.15 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Pettitte was not ranked on Baseball America’s top 500 draft prospects list. He told Mark Berman of FOX 26, “It’s literally a dream come true. All I wanted was an opportunity to play professional baseball.”
Andy pitched in parts of 18 big-league seasons, spending the majority of his career with the Yankees. (He also pitched for the Houston Astros for three seasons.) In 531 career appearances, he accumulated a 3.85 ERA (117 ERA+) and a 2.37 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He made three All-Star Games, won five World Series titles, and he was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2001 American League Championship Series against the Seattle Mariners.
Pettitte and Jeter were teammates with the Yankees across three stints: from 1995 through the 2003 season; from 2007 through the 2010 season; and then from 2012 through the 2013 season. Pettitte retired afterward, with Jeter following him into his post-playing days following the 2014 campaign.
Andy and his wife Laura have four children, including Jared, Josh (who was drafted by the Yankees in 2013 but opted to play collegiately instead), Luke (draft eligible come 2023), and Lexy, who plays volleyball at Dallas Baptist.