How have the Seattle Mariners Top Prospects Fared this Spring?

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Mar 15, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners third baseman D.J. Peterson (46) bats against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

#2 – D.J. Peterson – 3B/1B

MLB.com has deemed D.J. Peterson the second best prospect in the Mariners system. The M’s selected Peterson in the first round of the 2013 draft, and he has ascended quickly through the organization. The 23-year-old represented Seattle at the 2014 Futures Game, and a share of the Mariners Minor League Player of the Year award in 2014.

The Mariners are taking a long look at D.J. Peterson this spring in Tempe. The powerful right-hander has appeared in 11 of the 13 games thus far. Peterson made a strong first impression when he hit a home run in his first at bat of the spring, but he has not fared so well since. He is hitting .185 in Cactus League action with 1 home run and 3 RBI’s across 27 at bats. He has looked a little shake manning the hot corner, but Peterson has made some standout plays at first base.

D.J. Peterson started 2014 with the High Desert Mavericks. After tearing up the California League, Peterson was promoted to the Jackson Generals. The Gilbert, AZ product was a class above his competition last season, posting a .297 batting average, with 31 home runs and 111 RBI’s. Peterson registered an impressive .361 on base percentage, and slugged .552.

Look for D.J. Peterson to start the season with either the Jackson Generals or the Tacoma Rainiers. However, it would not surprise me in the least to see Peterson in the Emerald City at some point during the 2015 season. I expect Peterson to get a chance to compete with Logan Morrison for the starting job at first base in 2016.

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