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WATCH: 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis hitting batting practice home runs in Houston

Aug 14, 2018 at 2:57 PM

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San Francisco 49ers rookie wide receiver Dante Pettis has flashed some skills on the gridiron. But with the Niners visiting the Houston Texans for Week 2 of the preseason, Pettis had the chance to take some batting practice in at the Astros' Minute Maid Park.

Well, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis isn't just known for his exceptional speed and route-running abilities. Apparently he can hit the long ball pretty well too.

The Niners, of course, are in Houston for their exhibition bout versus the Texans this Saturday, Aug. 18. But with a day off on Tuesday, Pettis had a chance to meet up with his father, Gary Pettis, who just happens to be the Houston Astros' third base coach. And the younger Pettis managed to squeeze in a little bit of batting practice at Minute Maid Park too (h/t Fox 26's Mark Berman):

Yeah, Pettis has some pop too, apparently. And he likely got that from his dad, who played his MLB days with the California Angels, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres between 1982 and 1992.

Gary Pettis had just 21 home runs over his career, though, so hopefully the Astros -- or any other MLB team, for that matter -- won't be looking at Dante as a possible power option in the middle of their lineup.

San Francisco and Houston square off at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 12 from NRG Stadium.
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