One is a lefty, the other a right-hander. Both were selected district MVP, all-state, and All-American. Both spurned major league interest and left East Texas to pitch Division I baseball,
And this summer, both will return home to pitch for the East Texas Pump Jacks.
The Pump Jacks announced Tuesday the signing of Louisiana Tech righty Trevor Petersen of Hallsville and Arkansas left-hander Garrett Methvin, a 2009 graduate of Spring Hill. The two are expected to anchor the Pump Jacks’ 2010 rotation.
“Garrett and Trevor were routinely mentioned in the same breath as two of the top pitchers in East Texas last year,” said Jacks head coach Ben Taylor. “To have both of them on one staff is very exciting.
“East Texas baseball fans will get the chance to watch these two pitch at the next level, and right here in their own backyard.”
The local, state, and national accolades accumulated by Petersen and Methvin over the last few years could fill a trophy case. Methvin was named district MVP as a junior and senior; Petersen was district MVP as a junior and pitcher of the year last spring. In 2008, both were selected all-East Texas, with Methvin grabbing honors on the mound and Peterson tabbed at first base. As seniors, Petersen was named all-East Texas as a pitcher while Methvin picked up East Texas Pitcher of the Year honors.
Both pitchers were selected to all-state teams in their junior and senior campaigns.
Petersen was tabbed a pre-season first-team All-American last spring by Louisville Slugger and Collegiate Baseball Magazine. Not to be outdone, Methvin capped last season with a selection to MaxPrep’s Medium Schools All-America team.
Their achievements weren’t overlooked by major league organizations, either. Petersen was picked by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 23rd round of last June’s draft. Methvin was routinely scouted as well, though organizations were scared off by his commitment to Arkansas.
The pair also authored two of the most memorable individual pitching performances last spring. Appearing in front of nine major league scouts last March, Petersen tossed a no-hitter in a district meeting with Marshall. He struck out 16 while walking only three.
Three weeks later, Methvin shined even brighter. Spring Hill’s ace faced 19 batters and struck out all 19 in a six-inning no-hitter over Gladewater. The only blemish on what would have been a perfect game was a passed ball on a third strike that allowed the hitter to reach base. Methvin went on to strike out a school record 186 batters in just 93.2 innings, adding a 1.27 ERA and 14-1 record.
Petersen has certainly had more opportunities this spring at the collegiate level. He leads the Bulldog staff in wins with a 5-5 record, and his 37 strikeouts and 56.2 innings are both third on the team. He also earned a coveted weekend starter position, taking over the Saturday spot in the rotation midway through the season.
On March 27, Peterson had the honor of starting for Louisiana Tech against the University of Minnesota in the first-ever official game at Target Field, the new home of the Minnesota Twins. He delivered 6.2 innings of shutout ball to earn the first win in the history of the new outdoor facility. The special event drew 36,056 fans, the second-largest crowd to witness a college baseball game.
Methvin has found it tougher to earn playing time with an Arkansas program that reached the College World Series last year. He has appeared in two games this spring, one of them a start, for the #10-ranked Razorbacks.
Petersen and Methvin join a pitching staff that has a distinctive East Texas flavor. Mineola’s Chase Adams and Carthage’s Khris Tate, both junior hurlers from the Big 12’s Nebraska Cornhuskers, are already slated to pitch for the Jacks in 2010. They’ll be joined on the hill by McNeese State’s Jaden Dillon and Marcus Pointer of the University of the Pacific.
Outfielder Russell LaFleur and second baseman Greg Fontenot return to the Pump Jacks this summer after All-TCL performances in 2009. Outfielder Lee Orr, a freshman All-American outfielder for McNeese State, and UNLV third baseman R.J. Arnold look to bolster the lineup.
Returning two-way performer Abel Gonzales, a junior from Rice, will contribute both on the mound and at first base.
The Pump Jacks are seeking families to host players. Hosting a player is a great experience that forges a lifelong bond with a young man, a relationship that transcends the game of baseball. Host families also receive free season tickets for every member of their household. If you’re interested in finding out more about the host family program, please contact the Pump Jacks at (903) 218-GO ET or email@example.com, or click here.
The Pump Jacks will open the 2010 season on Wednesday, June 2, when they visit the defending TCL regular season champion Victoria Generals.
The Jacks’ home opener is scheduled for Friday, June 4, against the expansion Texas Tomcats. East Texas will play a 56-game season in 2010 with 28 home games, both record highs. The full schedule can be found by clicking here.
Season tickets for the 2010 season are on sale now. Despite the longer schedule, season ticket prices have not changed since the Pump Jacks arrived in East Texas in 2008. Prices start at $105 – and $85 for children and seniors – saving fans as much as 25%. Season ticket information and an order form can be found here.
To follow all the Pump Jacks off-season news, including player announcements, promotions, and preparations for the upcoming season, log on to the team’s official web site at www.pumpjacksbaseball.com.