Los Angeles Angels Gregorio Petit Forces way into the Roster
By Adrian Arvizu
The Los Angeles Angels Andrelton Simmons is healthy and ready to take the helm at Shortstop, we thought it might be the end for the journey-man infielder Gregorio Petit. However, the Los Angeles Angles have never been so wrong.
Gregorio Petit hit the first Los Angeles Angels grand slam of the season. He is currently forcing his way into the lineup. With the best defensive shortstop in the game, the Angels could be have a dilemma on their hands.
Yes, one could argue he has not been that great. Which is true, he owns a rough 7:25 BB:K ratio, but the power is there with a .446 slugging percentage. Power, that Andrelton Simmons never really shown throughout his career.
Obviously he won’t replace Simmons at first because Simmons is dominant as a shortstop. However, Petits has numbers you can’t ignore him either. Petit has not been a successful big-league player throughout his career, but with the Los Angeles Angels he is batting .284, with two homers, 10 doubles, and 14 RBI’s.
Petit has versatility which makes it easer to find a spotfor him. However, presents a probing question: Who do you move? So far Yunel Escobar has third base locked down, making Petit nothing more than a backup. Johnny Giavotella has been on fire as of late, so his bat is needed regularly. The only place I see Petit is at first-base or possibly right field.
Albert Pujols has been a shell of his former self and that’s putting it very lightly. In the past thirteen games Pujols has hit .192 with no home runs. Albert has hit a notoriously serious slump once again.
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Albert’s year has been extremely tough for him and the Los Angeles Angels. Idealistically, the organization would not remove Pujols from the lineup so he can sit or DH for the rest of the season.
C.J. Cron can make a strong case as well as he is slowly turning into the slugger the Los Angeles Angels need in the future. Daniel Nava would have to prove himself as he was reinserted into the lineup from the DL.
Nava blossomed in right field during spring training and the first part of the season. But, has since been haunted by injury and the platoon system. With Petit’s versatility, he could make a move to left if Nava doesn’t work out anymore.
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You can be sure that the organization will find the spot for the journey-man shortstop. Petit is the first shortstop to hit a grand slam for the Los Angeles Angels since 2005.