Spent three seasons, one as a redshirt, at Sacramento City College
... Named first-team Northern California All-America as a catcher after leading
the Panthers to a 35-15 record in 2007 ... Hit .333 with 16 doubles, one home run
and 26 RBI in 46 games played ... Scored 35 runs and led the team in walks (45) ...
Had a .483 on-base percentage ... Also garnered Big 7 All-Conference first-team
honors ... Drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 47th Round ... Only
played in three games in 2006, batting .400 with three RBI in five at bats ...
Redshirted the rest of the year ... Drafted in the 17th Round by the
Detroit Tigers in 2006 ... Hit .308 with 20 RBI and 10 doubles in 39 games played
as a freshman in 2005 ... Drafted in the
15th Round by the Tigers in the summer of ’05 ... Transitioned from
playing shortstop in high school to catcher during his freshman campaign.
Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 26th Round
after graduating from Weatherford (TX) High School in 2004 ... Prepped under head
coach Lew Prestidge ... Hit .359 with eight RBI, six doubles and two triples in 64
at-bats as a senior.
Full name is Benjamin Hastings Petralli ... Son of Geno and Suzy
Petralli ... Recreation Administration Major ... Born on October 7, 1985 in Sacramento, Calif. ... Father, Geno, spent
12 seasons in Major Leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers.