Cardinals prospect interview: Nick Petree

A well-known St. Louis Cardinals 2013 draftee is currently pitching in the Class A Midwest League.

Though pitcher Nick Petree was the St. Louis Cardinals' ninth-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, their tenth player taken, he was already well-known by many in the Cardinals Nation. After all, the right-hander had starred at Missouri State University.

Petree with pitching coach Jason Simontacchi
After coming to terms quickly, the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder was assigned to short-season Class-A State College. There, Petree continued to enhance his reputation as a pitch maker. He became our Spikes Starting Pitcher of the Year after posting a 1.62 ERA to go with 46 strikeouts and 16 walks in 55 2/3 New York-Penn League innings.

In spring training, Petree continued to do this thing, yielding just one run in nine innings, while striking out nine and issuing just one free pass. He was assigned out of the gate to full-season Peoria. There, Petree threw five scoreless frames on just two hits in his 2014 opener and the Chiefs home opener on April 9. He set new career highs in strikeouts with six, but also in walks with five.

In the following interview, Petree talks about being drafted, his success to date, his off-season preparation and his 2014 start. He makes his second start at the road late Wednesday afternoon at Lake County.


Coming soon: In the near future, look for interviews with Petree's teammates Mason Katz, C.J. McElroy, Carson Kelly and Kenny Peoples-Walls.

Previously published:
Manager Joe Kruzel on his 2014 Peoria Chiefs
Pitcher Alex Reyes

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