Adam Pettyjohn

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Adam Christopher Pettyjohn

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Biographical Information[edit]

Adam Pettyjohn played alongside pitcher Jeff Weaver at Fresno State University.

In the 1997 Intercontinental Cup, Pettyjohn was 1-0 and allowed one run in 5 innings for Team USA, which finished 4th. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 2nd round (73nd overall) pf the 1998 amateur draft and signed for a $392,500 bonus.

Pettyjohn spent less than three years in the minor leagues before reaching the major leagues, posting an ERA as low as 1.97. On July 16, 2001, the 6'3" 190 pound pitcher made his ML debut at the age of 24. He wore the number 57. He posted a 1-6 record in his initial big league season.

In 2002, Pettyjohn didn't play professionally because he had to undergo a colonectomy due to ulcerative colitis. In 2003, he played in the Tigers organization, and in 2004 he played in the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics organizations. He spent all of 2005 with the Long Beach Armada of the Golden Baseball League. In 2006, he spent time with the Armada, and he also spent time in the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics farm systems.

He spent the next year in the Milwaukee Brewers chain after signing a minor league contract on December 12, 2006. As the opening day starter for the Double-A Huntsville Stars on April 5, 2007 Pettyjohn gave up 4 hits, 2 earned runs, and a walk while striking out 7 and getting a no-decision in the team's 4-3 victory over the Mississippi Braves. On June 1st, he was promoted to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. He led Triple-A that season with 15 wins and was named the best left-handed Triple-A pitcher was also named to the PCL All-Star team. He was 16-6 overall that season.

On January 8, 2008, he signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds. He played for their Triple-A affiliate, the Louisville Bats, until their season finished - going 15-8 on the year - and was a September call up for the Reds.

On September 8, 2008, Pettyjohn received the news that he was headed back up to the Major Leagues after a seven-year hiatus. He began the 2009 season with Louisville, before being released in late July. He was then signed to a minor league contract by the New York Mets. He pitched for the Buffalo Bisons through the 2010 season. Pettyjohn filed for free agency after the 2010 season.

Other Facts[edit]

  • The colonectomy procedures Pettyjohn underwent were all performed by Dr. John Eggenberger.
  • Pettyjohn's first strikeout was Ken Griffey Jr.
  • Pettyjohn currently resides in Exeter, California.

Related Sites[edit]

Link from about his 2008 call-up