Gregorio Petit will return as manager of the Corpus Christi Hooks for the 2022 season and will be joined by a new field representative, the Houston Astros announced Tuesday.
Thomas Whitsett has been named the team’s pitching coach and Aaron Westlake will serve as the team’s hitting coach. Other appointments included Dylan Mazzo (development coach), Takeaki Ando (physical coach) and Mike Hoffman (strength coach).
Minor league spring camp began Monday at the Astros training complex in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The Hooks play an exhibition game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on April 6 and the season opens on April 8 at Whataburger Field against the San Antonio Missions.
Petit, 37, made his debut as a manager and professional coach with the Hooks in 2021. The former MLB infielder managed a 66-player roster in 126 transactions. Corpus Christi promoted 13 to Triple-A Sugar Land, including eight from the pitching team. Petit is the eighth manager in the club’s 17-year tenure.
“Gregorio was the spark we needed with everyone at the ballpark last year,” said Hooks general manager Brady Ballard. “His work ethic and experience in the game was evident from day one. We are very pleased to welcome Gregorio back to Corpus Christi.”
Whitsett’s stint as pitching coach will be his second in the Astros system, as he also coached at Advanced-A Fayetteville in 2019. He is also a former high school baseball coach in California. Westlake joins the Hooks after spending most of the summer of 2021 as a development coach in the Florida Complex League.
Len Hayward is Sports Director for the USA Today Sports Network Region and Sports Editor for The Caller-Times. Support more coverage like this by checking out our subscription options and special offers at Caller.com/subscribe