Oct. 1, 2007
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim announced their Minor League organizational awards for the 2007 season, naming former LMU standout Chris Pettit (2003-06) as Player of the Year. Drafted out of LMU in the 2006 MLB draft, Pettit earned the organization's Player of the Year selection in just his second season with the Angels.
Angels' Director of Player Development Tony Reagins made the announcement Friday, as the organization prepares for the 2007 MLB postseason.
Pettit, 23, began the 2007 season at single-A Cedar Rapids, where he hit .346 with 47 runs scored, 24 doubles, one triple, nine home runs, and 41 RBI in 64 games.
Pettit advanced to single-A Rancho Cucamonga in June, where he hit .309 with 54 runs scored, 20 doubles, two triples, nine home runs, and 54 RBI in 69 games.
Overall in 2007, the San Dimas, Calif., native hit .327 with 101 runs scored, 44 doubles, three triples, 18 home runs and 95 RBI in 133 games as an outfielder in the Angels system.
The Angels used their 19th round selection to choose Pettit in 2006. 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. Heading into the 2006 season, Baseball America called Pettit the West Coast Conference's best baseunner. He completed his four years as a .304 hitter.
He was a 2005 first-team All-WCC selection and was a four-time WCC Player of the Week. Pettit was a National Player of the Year candidate heading into his senior campaign.