5 former "Can't Miss" Mariners prospects that ended up doing just that

Discover the Mariners' top prospects who didn't live up to the hype. From Mike Zunino to Dustin Ackley, find out what went wrong to these highly touted players.
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4. D.J. Peterson, 1B/3B

Next on our list is D.J. Peterson, who was drafted 12th overall in the 2013 MLB Draft by the Mariners. Peterson raked in his time at the University of New Mexico, hitting .408/.520/.807 with a 1.327 OPS. 2013 and 2014 were great for Peterson, hitting the ball hard and moving up prospect rankings. In 2014 alone, between A+ and AA, Peterson mashed 31 Home Runs, drove in 111 runs, and slashed .297/.360/.552 with a .912 OPS.

Unfortunately for Peterson, the production stopped in 2014. He bounced back and forth between AA and AAA and was ultimately designated for assignment by the Mariners in July of 2017. He spent time in the White Sox, Reds, and Rockies organizations before retiring from baseball in May of 2023. D.J. Peterson never made it to the show. Some notable players drafted after Peterson in 2013 include J.P. Crawford (16th), Aaron Judge (32nd), Devin Williams (54th and Cody Bellinger (124th).