Pettit Called-Up to Angels, Wheeler Promoted to Class-A
Chris Pettit (2003-06) is in an Angel's uniform awaiting his Major League Debut.
Sept. 9, 2009
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Former Lion Chris Pettit (2003-06) was called-up from AAA Salt Lake yesterday, claiming a spot on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim roster. Pettit has yet to make his Major League Debut after sitting-out during yesterday's 3-2 Angel victory over Seattle.
Pettit, drafted by the Angels in the 19th round (582nd overall) of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, batted .321 with a .482 slugging percentage, eight home runs, 70 runs scored, three triples, and a .383 on-base percentage at Salt Lake. A threat to steal when he is on base, Pettit swiped 18 bags for the Bees before joining the Angels. Pettit, named to the Arizona Fall League All-Prospect Team last December, opened eyes in the Angels system in 2007 when he hit .327 with 18 homers, 95 RBIs, 20 steals across two Minor League levels.
At LMU, Pettit was named to the 2005 All-West Coast Conference first team after hitting .380 in WCC play. As a junior, he ranked in the top-10 in the WCC in more offensive categories than any other conference player, including leading the league in runs scored (38) and doubles (14). Pettit also finished WCC play ranked in the top-three in hits (41), stolen bases (10), RBI (26), total bases (67), on base percentage (.473), and slugging percentage (.620). He finished his career ranking in the LMU top-10 all-time in five different offensive categories. Most notably, Pettit was among LMU's top-5 baserunners, finishing with 57 career stolen bases. The four-time WCC Player of the Week, and 2006 Brooks Wallace Award Candidate, completed his four years as a .304 hitter. He still ranks third in career doubles (64), sixth in stolen bases, seventh in runs scored (171), and eighth in games played (218) and at bats (776).
In other news pertaining to LMU baseball, former Lion Ryan Wheeler (2007-09) was promoted to Class-A South Bend, an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Wheeler hit .363 with five home runs and 36 RBI in 64 games for the Yakima Bears before being promoted. So far for South Bend, Wheeler has hit .345 with a double, a triple, a home run and five RBI in just eight games. His on-base percentage is .462 over the two levels, while he is slugging .540.