The baseball season may have ended, but for two Exeter natives the offseason has been every bit as eventful in December as it was in October.
Former teammates at Exeter Union High School, Jeriome Robertson and Adam Pettyjohn have experienced changes in their professional career in the last month.
Robertson who finished his first full season in the Major Leagues welcomed a newcomer to the Houston Astros' staff. Andy Petitte, who had become a fixture for the New York Yankees in the postseason, left the pinstripes to go back home to Texas. The addition of Petitte adds another experienced arm to a staff that already had Roy Oswalt as its ace.
Robertson was no slouch winning a team high 15 games and posting an ERA of 5.10 during the 2003 season. He won big games against the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers down the stretch helping the Astros compete for the NL Wild Card.
Pettyjohn, who missed the entire 2002 season with ulcerative colitis for the Detroit Tigers, spent last year with Erie SeaWolves in the Double-A Eastern League. He pitched in 19 games and posted a record of 1-4 during that span.
On Dec. 19 Pettyjohn signed a contract with the San Francisco Giants and accepted an invitation to Spring Training. If he is unable to crack into the majors, Pettyjohn will likely play for the Fresno Grizzlies, the Giants Triple-A farm club.
Pettyjohn played his college baseball at Fresno State.