Seattle Mariners 3rd base prospect D.J. Peterson has been honored with his selection to the AFL Rising Stars game this Saturday in Scottsdale, Arizona. This coming from MLB.com’s Greg Johns:
As Dan mentioned in yesterday’s Winter League Update, D.J. Peterson has played in 12 games so far in the Arizona Fall League. In 42 at-bats he has 1 home run, 6 RBI, and 3 doubles. His triple slash is .214/.353/.357. His 9 walks to 8 strikeouts is very encouraging for his patience and discipline at the plate. Moreover, having 4 of his 9 hits go for extra bases is the sort of power the Mariners want to see out of the 22 year-old third baseman.
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It is exciting to have D.J. Peterson get so much national attention for his batting prowess. There are some of the opinion that the Mariners should give him him a chance to compete for a start on the 25-man roster during 2015 Spring Training. But since Kyle Seager has 3rd base on lockdown for the foreseeable future, some think the Mariners should give D.J. Peterson a shot in left or right field, or as a 1B/DH type.
His bat, though quiet in 42-at bats so far in the Arizona Fall League, has the potential to really spark an offense if it can translate to the Major League level.
Good luck to D.J. Peterson this weekend, and keep your eye on him as the offseason progresses towards 2015 Spring Training.