CLEARWATER, Fla.—Jonathan Pettibone was not part of the winning team at the Phillies' annual spring training golf outing, but he came away with a winning experience.
The 22-year-old righthander had some laughs and picked up some pitching wisdom in a foursome that included 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels, two-time Cy Young winner Roy Halladay and six-year veteran Kyle Kendrick.
"I was on cloud nine the whole day," Pettibone said. "It was great just to talk to those guys."
Pettibone, added to the 40-man roster in November, had some history with Hamels. Both were scouted as prep stars by Darrell Conner
in Southern California.
The Phillies selected Pettibone in the third round of the 2008 draft, and shortly afterward Hamels phoned Pettibone and the two had a nice conversation. Later that summer, Pettibone passed on a chance to pitch for Southern California and signed for $500,000.
"At the time it was a tough decision," he recalled. "I always loved (USC). That was my dream school. But sitting here in this locker room, I can say I made the right call."
Pettibone went 13-8, 3.10 in 160 innings last season between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he learned a cutter from pitching coach Rod Nichols. Pettibone has added the pitch to his fastball/changeup/slider repertoire and will use it as he returns to anchor the Triple-A staff in April.
Team officials like the 6-foot-6 Pettibone's pitching IQ, which traces to his father Jay, who pitched for the Twins in 1983. Doggedness is another of Pettibone's strengths.
The day before the golf tournament, he was "ordered" to bring snacks for Hamels, Halladay and Kendrick and an air horn for spectator/heckler Jonathan Papelbon. Pettibone found it on his third stop.
"I wasn't going to come up empty-handed," he said.
• Catching prospect Cameron Rupp was a late addition to big league camp. The 2010 third-round pick out of Texas hit .267/.435/.424 for Clearwater in 2012.