MLB Draft: Seattle Mariners Select D.J. Peterson 12th Overall
Seattle Mariners decided to go with offense for the 12th pick in this year’s draft. Seattle selected third baseman D.J. Peterson from New Mexico for this reason.
Peterson is one of those players that has put up solid numbers, but did not receive much recognition for his solid production.
They had a need for a power bat, and he offered one of the best all-around bats in the draft. While some people have defensive questions about him, his bat will play anywhere.
He had a monster year for New Mexico, and then led Team USA in home runs and RBIs over the summer. He is also an advanced hitter with plus power, and one who is not afraid to take a walk. Peterson played both corners defensively, mostly playing first while with USA Baseball.
Some of the scouts that saw him felt he was the best pure hitter, especially in the college ranks, in this draft class. The scouts love his hitting ability, he has short, hitter’s arms, tremendous bat speed and strength, and always hits balls on the screws.
His hitting mechanics are sound, with quick, strong hands, and he shows the ability to make adjustments on the fly.
He has keen pitch recognition skills and already has a professional approach to his at-bats. While New Mexico does play at an elevation that is higher than Coors Field, scouts say his power is legitimate.
This is good because defense will not be a big part of his game. He is a below-average runner with an above-average arm. He moves well for 6-foot-1, 205-pound frame and should get a chance to stick at third base, but he will probably end up at first base.
The club is in dire need of more playmakers on offense, as they have a good group of young pitchers. They drafted catcher Mike Zunino last year, and he is one the best young offensive catchers in the minors.
Peterson will have no issue moving up quickly through the Mariners system. Seattle has a loaded system, but he is easily in the top four prospects. The scouts liken him to a young Paul Konerko with his bat.