Big things were expected of Gregorio Petit last season after the slick-fielding shortstop hit .289 with nine homers in only 87 games for low-A Kane County in 2005. Petit struggled through an inconsistent season in 2006 for the Stockton Ports, batting .256 with eight homers in 137 games and striking out 96 times. However, he showed flashes of a powerful bat in 2006 and continued to dazzle on defense at both second and short.
This winter, he is looking to build towards an even more successful 2007 season by playing with the Caracas Leones of the Venezuelan Winter League. Petit got into a few games for Caracas last season, but he is a starter at short this year for the defending league champions and he is making a big impact early on.
Petit launched two solo homers on Tuesday for Caracas and is now 5-16 (.313) with three extra-base hits. He has also played solid defense at short for the Leones. Petit will turn 22 in December and has been rated as having one of the best throwing arms in the A's system.
Desert Dogs Put Up More Than Three Touchdowns In Win
A's relief prospect Mike Mitchell earned the win in a wild game against the Peoria Javelinas on Wednesday, as the Desert Dogs pounded Peoria by a score of 23-9.
Mitchell threw 0.2 scoreless innings, striking out one, to earn the win. He lowered his ERA to 1.69 in the process and he now has six strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work this AFL season.
A's closer prospect Marcus McBeth finished off the game for the Desert Dogs, although it was obviously not a save situation. McBeth needed only eight pitches (seven strikes) to retire Peoria in order. He struck out the first batter and then induced two ground-outs. McBeth lowered his ERA to 4.50 and he now has eight strikeouts in six innings.
A's infield prospect Kevin Melillo didn't start the game, but he entered in the bottom of the fifth as a defensive replacement. He managed to get four at-bats despite coming into the game late and he broke a slump by going 2-4 with two RBIs. One of his hits was a double, his second of the AFL season. He is now hitting .222.