Answering one of the club's main spring training questions, manager Bob Melvin picked Drew as his leadoff man before the Diamondbacks' 12-8 victory over San Diego on Saturday in their spring training finale.
Drew led off only three times in 59 games during his rookie year, but Melvin said he believes Drew is his best option at the top of the order, at least to start the season. Melvin has told his players to expect the batting order to change regularly.
"He's an on-base guy, he's a power guy, he can handle the bat," Melvin said. "He's not afraid of the challenge of leading off. One of the things we want to impress upon him is, `Don't change your game to lead off.' A lot of times, the only time you lead off is that first inning of the game.
"I just like getting him up there quite a bit," Melvin said. "He can run a little bit. He's adaptable to any spot in the lineup."
Drew took over at shortstop when Counsell got hurt in midseason a year ago, batting .316 with five home runs, 23 RBI and a .357 on-base percentage in 59 games. The Diamondbacks did not re-sign Counsell after the season.
Drew often appears immune to pressure, and he said he wouldn't feel anxiety leading off.
"It's one of those things you get adjusted to," he said.
"First look, very good," Melvin said. "We were impressed."
Keeping the Padres guessing with a mix of fastballs and sliders, Petit allowed one run -- a fourth-inning homer by Marcus Giles -- and three hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out seven.
"I want to make a good impression," said Petit, a 22-year-old Venezuelan.
Petit will start the season at Triple-A Tucson. It's fair to wonder whether Petit may have made the club if he had been given a chance.
"I understand what happened," he said. "I came here late. I have a good opportunity in Tucson."
The Padres weren't as happy with their starter's outing. Clay Hensley left after 1 2-3 innings with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand. Hensley said he would be ready for his start at San Francisco Thursday.
Hensley allowed a run, three hits and two walks. He struck out one.
"The thing started affecting my control," Hensley said. "My arm feels fine. I'll be fine for my next start."
Manager Bud Black wasn't worried about Hensley.
"He's had a little bit of that same type of problem before and it hasn't really inhibited him in future starts," Black said. "I suspect he'll be fine."
Arizona OF Justin Upton, slated to start in the minors, hit a game-ending grand slam off Aaron Rakers. ... Arizona OF Scott Hairston hit his seventh home run. ... Arizona finished the exhibition season 20-12. San Diego went 17-14. ... The Diamondbacks left after the game for Denver. They'll work out at Coors Field Sunday and open the season Monday against the Rockies. ... The Padres will work out at Petco Park Sunday. They open the season Tuesday at San Francisco.