Gregorio Petit has carved out a career in professional baseball because of his quick reflexes playing shortstop.
As it turns out, the 25-year-old can hit a little, too. Petit went 2-for-4 Monday night in the RedHawks’ 12-4 win over Memphis at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.
Petit’s hit total included a somewhat rare home run in the seventh inning. He drove in two runs on a single that was a few feet shy of being a grand slam early in the game.
Petit, 25, has spent most of his time in professional baseball in the Oakland Athletics organization. He played for Sacramento, which won two Pacific Coast League championships during his time with the team.
This offseason was a chance to start over, this time with the Texas Rangers.
"I didn’t say to the A’s I wanted to be traded, but if they weren’t going to give me a shot I wanted to go somewhere else,” Petit said.
So far this season, Petit is hitting .258 with eight RBIs for Oklahoma City. He has no errors in the 17 games he’s played.
He was far from a defensive whiz growing up in Venezuela.
"They always said when I was a little kid, they said my hands were too hard,” he said. "But it’s about making plays. I focused on that. I take pride in it.”
Petit enjoys the Latin presence in the RedHawks clubhouse. There are nine RedHawks either from Venezuela or the Dominican Republic. Petit knew fellow Venezuelans Guillermo Moscoso and Max Ramirez before he signed with Texas.
"It’s definitely cool because they make you feel like you are at home,” Petit said. "The last four or five years, it’s just myself in the clubhouse sitting around while people play cards. I don’t really play cards.”