Petit Decides on Minnesota-Duluth
Paul Petit, an Eau Claire, WI native has announced his commitment to play his college baseball at Division II University of Minnesota- Duluth.
Petit could have been seen both on the bump as well as in the field for the Rays 17U team this summer. One of the few two-way players on the roster, Petit showcased his versatility and athleticism and became a prospect on the mound as well as being a position player. Petit enjoyed his most success on the mound where the athletic righty showed a quick arm that produces a fastball at 84-86. Showing a three pitch mix all summer, Petit features a tight, downward breaking ball as well as a changeup with fading action. At the plate Petit uses a balanced set up and an approach that produces hard contact to the middle of the field. He shows bat speed with 95 MPH exit velocity. Petit projects as a plus defender at the next level as he is a 6.9 runner and 87 MPH arm from the outfield.
Joining the Bulldogs in the fall of 2017, Petit will play under head coach Bob Rients who is in this 12th season leading UM-Duluth. The Bulldogs are coming off the most successful season in school history where they won the NSIC championship, went to the Central Region Tournament, and set a school record in wins in 39. Current GRB instructor Trevor Burmeister was on staff for the remarkable 2016 season. Once on campus Petit will join former Rays player Travis Berg, who is in his freshman year with the Bulldogs.
With his commitment to Duluth, Petit becomes the Rays’ first 2017 grad to make a commit at the Division II level and becomes the 9th 2017 grad to commit from the Rays program.