June 7, 2006
New York City - The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim used their 19th round selection to choose LMU outfielder Chris Pettit in the 2006 MLB Draft Wednesday. Pettit was selected as the 582nd overall pick.
Pettit, a four-year starter for LMU, was selected by a fellow Lion, Angels scout Bobby DeJardin (1986-88).
Pettit finished his LMU career ranking in the 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. Baseball America called the San Dimas, Calif. native the West Coast Conference's best baseunner.
He was a 2005 first-team All-WCC selection and was a four-time WCC Player of the Week. Pettit was named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List heading into his senior campaign.
With his selection Wednesday, Pettit joins the elite group of Lion all-time draft selections. The group is currently highlighted by Billy Traber (Washington Nationals) and C.J. Wilson (Texas Rangers), who have both spent time on major league rosters this season.