In a little article I wrote on Lookout Landing, I talked about who the Mariners should target in their draft. One of them was New Mexico Jr. DJ Peterson. In the midst of writing up my short synopsis, I came to the realization that DJ Peterson is underrated nationally. I just was wondering what you guys thought about him and where he should fall in the draft. You can read the full article here.
Here's my brief review of him:
DJ Peterson - 1B/New Mexico JR.
While on most boards, DJ Peterson going 12th would be one of the biggest surprises of the draft. However, Peterson is exactly what the Mariners are looking for. A monster hitter who can play the corners and will put up numbers. Played mostly first with Team USA, but can play 3rd. Though not good defensively, Peterson (as far as I have read) is an extremely hard worker and can learn. Also projected as a corner outfielder or even a Jedd Gyorko like second baseman. Large frame, has good plate approach, smooth swing, legitimate power, and has the numbers to back it up. Triple slash numbers from 2011: .419/.490/.734.Yes, I checked as many sources as I can find, and yes, all of them said he slugged .734. That is unreal. Even though he has been overlooked by many in the pro scouting world, he has still won some awards:
- 2012 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team
- 2012 1st Team Perfect Game All-American
- 2012 1st Team Louisville Slugger All-American
- 2012 1st Team NCBWA All-American
- 2012 Mountain West Co-Player of the Year
- 2012 Mountain West Triple Crown
- 2012 Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist (beaten out by Mike Zunino)
- 2012 Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist
Very close to the majors, great intangibles, amazing skill set, patient at the plate, not a great fielder but projects at multiple positions, and not expected to be taken very high on anybodies list, Peterson would be a perfect fit for the Mariners. Again, probably some more talented options at 12 and would be an overdraft, but I doubt he survives the supplementary picks.