Right now the Mariners are sitting well in the standings considering all the injuries that they have suffered this season. But a lot of people don’t seem to realize that not only are the Mariners doing well but their future first basemen down in Single-A High Desert D.J. Peterson is also doing damage.
Peterson has really bounced back well after missing the end of last season with a broken jaw. The Mariners are doing the right thing now by not rushing him in his career, don’t want another Justin Smoak or Dustin Ackley.
Last year Peterson finished with stints at Short-Season A Everett and Single-A Clinton with a combined 55 games, .303 batting average, 13 home runs, 47 RBIs, .365 OBP, .553 slugging percentage and .918 OPS. His season was shortened thanks to a high pitch that ended up breaking his jaw that really slowed his progression down, but since the beginning of the season he started the season at Class-A High Desert he’s done nothing but produce.
In 64 games he’s hit .327, pounded out 17 home runs, driven in 71 runs, and put up a .610 slugging percentage.
Peterson could get a promotion to Double-A Jackson sometime within this week or 2 weeks. The way the Mariners are handling Peterson’s progress the best way possible. Even though Peterson’s primary position is third base I actually believe that the Mariners will make him Smoak’s replacement. Now out of all the first basemen prospects to replace Smoak for the Mariners they couldn’t have a better player than Peterson.
Peterson will need to make a position change since he’s only played 11 games total at first but it wont be the first time, he was a shortstop in high school so I don’t think making the switch to first base from third would be a problem for him.
Kyle Seager is the Mariners third baseman for the foreseeable future, so Peterson will be Smoak’s replacement after the front office decides to get rid of his worthless butt. All I can say is that Peterson is going to be the Mariners pride and joy in 2 years.