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8 Jace Peterson 2B
Height/Weight: 6-0/200 | Birthdate: 5/9/1990 | Birthplace: Lake Charles, LA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Atlanta | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 17/12 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Braves' Jace Peterson plates game-winning run on Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Braves second baseman Jace Peterson went 2 for 6 at the plate in Atlanta's 3-2 win over the Brewers on Saturday in 11 innings. 

Peterson was just 1 for 5 before stepping to the plate in the 11th with runners on second and third. He ripped the first pitch he saw from Brandon Kintzler into left center field to score the game-winning run for Atlanta. 

"[Peterson] had a great at-bat," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez to MLB.com. "First pitch, got him. Base hit. When you play that long, especially at home, it's nice to win those games."

Peterson is now hitting .264 with 18 RBI in 129 at-bats this season.

"I was trying to be aggressive," Peterson said. "Trying to get a fastball, and he threw it first pitch, so I was just trying to get a base hit and trying to get the run in."


Braves 2B Jace Peterson cools off after two-week tear


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) The hot streak that sent the numbers soaring for Braves second baseman Jace Peterson is decidedly over.

Peterson went on a 20-for-51 tear in late April and early May to catapult his average from .171 to .293 and increase his on-base percentage to .362. He has not gone into a slump, but he has certainly cooled off. Peterson has just five hits in 27 at-bats since.

His slash line is now at .269/.346/.328.


Braves 2B Jace Peterson hits slam to remember Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Braves leadoff hitter Jace Peterson doesn't remember ever hitting a grand slam. Apparently, not even in little league, according to 680 The Fan.

Now he has one to remember forever. He sent one flying over the fence in right with the bases loaded in the second inning of his team's Saturday victory in Miami.

"Any time you can get the first one out of the way and it be a grand slam, it's awesome," Peterson said, per MLB.com.

The second baseman broke an 0-for-9 slide with the blast and added a single to improve his slash line to .276/.339/.333.

"He's a steady baseball player," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He just keeps getting better the more you run him out there."


Braves move Markakis to cleanup spot; Peterson leading off


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) With Kelly Johnson on the disabled list, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez opted to move Nick Markakis from the leadoff spot to the cleanup spot for Friday's contest against the Marlins, according to MLB.com. Jace Peterson was inserted to the top of the order.

Markakis is hitting .302 (38 for 126) with no homers and 10 RBI in 33 games this season.

Atlanta is an underdog (+119) at Miami, per VegasInsider.com.


Braves 2B Jace Peterson gets breather on Friday vs. Nationals


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Braves second baseman Jace Peterson will be getting his first day off in nearly two weeks, as he is out of the starting lineup Friday against the Nationals. Peterson has been hitting well lately, batting .417 with five RBI over his last 11 games, though he has no extra base hits in that span.

Phil Gosselin will get the start at second, batting seventh. This is just Gosselin's fourth start of the year.


Braves to use Jace Peterson as primary second baseman


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated Sunday that he's returning to his initial plan to use infielder Jace Peterson as his primary second baseman, MLB.com reports.

Peterson has shared time at second base with Alberto Callaspo, who has also made eight starts at third base, and Phil Gosselin, leading to Peterson seeing just 11 of a possible 17 starts at the position. He's seen action all over the starting lineup, batting first or second in four of the team's first five games but spending most of his time batting seventh or eighth as of late.

Peterson has hit just .171/.239/.220 in 41 at-bats. He's starting at second base and batting sixth in Sunday's matchup with the Phillies, in which the Braves are underdogs (+100).


Braves' Philip Gosselin gets start at short over Jace Peterson


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Braves infielder Philip Gosselin will start at shortstop in Tuesday's game at the Mets, in place of regular starter Jace Peterson. He'll hit eighth in the lineup.

It's just Gosselin's second start at short this season. He's also started one game at third. 

Gosselin is hitting .100 this season, with a stolen base and two RBI. 

The Braves are +135 underdogs at the Mets. 


Braves hitting better, but don't credit top of the lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The Braves have launched the 2015 season better offensively than they did last year. But don't credit the top of the lineup.

The team has yet to score two or fewer runs in a game. They did so four times and were blanked twice in their first seven games of 2014. Yet the first two hitters in the lineup are struggling mightily.

Braves leadoff hitters are 8-for-37 (.216) with a .275 on-base percentage. But they've been raking compared to those hitting behind them. The second spot, which has been manned by Jace Peterson, Alberto Callaspo, Phil Gosselin and Andrelton Simmons, has produced a .114 average with no extra-base hits, .162 OBP and .114 slugging percentage.


Manager: Jace Peterson to start for Braves on Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez told MLB.com that rookie second baseman Jace Peterson will start again Wednesday against Miami after being absent from the lineup Tuesday.

Peterson, who had started five of seven previous games and played in all of them, has four singles in 20 at-bats, but has scored four runs.


Braves using rotation of Callaspo, Johnson, Peterson at 2B and 3B


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) With Chris Johnson, Alberto Callaspo and Jace Peterson all off to promising starts in 2015, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is faced with the dilemma of finding playing time for all three players. Although, it is an issue right now Gonzalez is fine with since all three players are producing.

"It's nice to have flexibility," Gonzalez said, per MLB.com. "It keeps everybody engaged and you feel like you have the advantage off the bench. It's a good mixture right now."

Peterson has started five of seven games at second base, Johnson has started three of seven at third base, while Callaspo has started four times at third and once at second base.

"If I play, I'm going to be ready to play," Johnson said. "If not, I'm going to do whatever I can to help the team on the bench or to get ready for a pinch-hit. Right now, we're winning ballgames and I'll never complain being on a winning team."


Braves' Gosselin starts at 2B on Friday as Peterson gets a night off


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Braves infielder Phil Gosselin drew his first start of the season at second base Friday against the Mets. He replaced Jace Peterson, who started the first three games at second base for Atlanta.

Peterson, who won the starting second base job during spring training, is batting .200 (2 for 10) through three games. He has no extra-bat hits and no RBI. He does have two runs, two walks and two strikeouts.


Jace Peterson draws start at second base in Braves' opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Braves infielder Jace Peterson started at second base in Monday's season opener against the Marlins. Peterson appears to have won the starting second base job for Atlanta over Alberto Callaspo, who started at third base Monday.

The rookie Peterson hit .324 (22 for 68) with no home runs, four RBI, five doubles, 10 walks, 12 runs and 16 strikeouts in 25 spring games. He also had three stolen bases.


Report: Peterson in line to beat out Callaspo for Braves' 2B gig


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Braves infielder Jace Peterson could be in line to beat out Alberto Callaspo for the second base job, according to Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday.

Peterson, 24, is hitting .341/.442/.386 with one RBI in 44 at-bats this spring. Callaspo has slashed .216/.212/.216 with four RBI over 51 at-bats in Grapefruit League play.


Braves 2B Jace Peterson (finger) returns to lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Braves second baseman Jace Peterson went 1 for 4 with a walk in his team's 5-3 loss to the Phillies Tuesday.

Peterson missed a few games due to an infected finger before returning Tuesday. He's likely headed for the starting role at second base this season. Peterson has hit .341/.449/.390 in 41 at-bats this spring.


Braves' Jace Peterson misses second straight day with finger injury


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Braves' infielder Jace Peterson sat out Monday's game, the second straight day he's missed with a finger injury. 

A runner stepped on Peterson's hand during a play at second base last week, and his pinky finger became infected. The nail had to be removed, but manager Fredi Gonzalez said that Peterson would be back in the lineup on Tuesday, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


Braves' Jace Peterson dealing with infected finger


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Braves second baseman Jace Peterson is suffering from an issue with his finger.

Peterson's hand was stepped on during a game a few days ago, and the pinky on his throwing hand became infected. 

Peterson said it wasn't serious, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien. He's been able to keep playing and made several plays in the field during Saturday's game.

Peterson hit .113 with the Padres last season.


Braves' Jace Peterson likely headed for roster spot


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Braves infielder Jace Peterson has likely earned a 25-man roster spot and may serve as the team's starting second baseman until Jose Peraza is deemed ready for the majors, MLB.com reports.

"I'm just competing," Peterson said Wednesday. "Of course [being on the major league] roster is the goal for everyone here in camp. Thinking about all that kind of stuff, people tend to put a little extra pressure on themselves. Me, whenever I'm called on, I'm going to play. Hopefully, on opening day, that's where I'm at. That's the goal."

While not ready to name Peterson his starter at second base, manager Fredi Gonzalez has been impressed with the former Padre's versatility and athleticism.

"He's an athlete," Gonzalez said. "He gives you the ability to play in the middle of the diamond."

Peterson went 6 for 53 with the Padres in his first major-league season last year but also hit .307/.402/.447 with three home runs, 46 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 322 at-bats between Double-A and Triple-A.


Braves' Jace Peterson to play both second base and shortstop this spring


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Braves infielder Jace Peterson has the inside track to start at second base for the club this season and manager Fredi Gonzalez was impressed with his play in the spring training debut Wednesday. Peterson doubled and drew two walks in the game.

"He smoked that ball," Gonzalez said. "I like his ability and that you can run him out there at shortstop and let him play that position. We'll play him back and forth on the diamond and see what happens."

Gonzalez knows he has the ability to step in and play very soon.

"You like his baseball abilities, his makeup and his character," Gonzalez said. "He's not just a throw-in [in the trade], he's a baseball player."


Report: Jace Peterson may have outside shot to win 2B job


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Because of he reported to camp in exceptional condition and Alberto Callaspo did not, Jace Peterson may have an outside shot at the Braves' second base job, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Wednesday.

Callaspo signed with the Braves as a free agent in December was penciled in as the starter while top prospect Jose Peraza works his way through the minors. However, if Callaspo doesn't play his way into game shape over the next month, Peterson, along with Phil Gosselin could have a crack at the position.

Peterson was traded to the Braves from the Padres in a deal that involved Justin Upton in late December. Last week, manager Fredi Gonzalez confirmed to reporters that the second base gig is "wide open."


Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez: 2B gig is 'wide open'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez confirmed to reporters following Thursday's full-squad workout that the second baseman position is a "wide open" competition, and that Jose Peraza, Alberto Callaspo, Phil Gosselin and Jace Peterson are all entering camp with a chance to make the club, per MLB.com.

"It's wide open," Gonzalez said. "It's all depending on how we want to work second base, the infield and even the bench."


Padres acquire OF Justin Upton from Braves


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Padres have acquired outfielder Justin Upton from the Braves via trade, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman on Friday.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported the trade between both clubs.

Left-hander Max Fried, shortstop Jace Peterson, third baseman Dustin Peterson, outfielder Mallex Smith will be heading to Atlanta in exchange for the 27-year-old outfielder and a low-level player, per Heyman. Upton spent his first six seasons in the NL West and has a career .291/.359/.541 slash line at Petco Park. He is coming off a season in which he hit .270/.342/.491 with 29 homers and 102 RBI over 566 at-bats with the Braves.

Padres option Jace Peterson, DFA Bobby LaFromboise


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) The Padres optioned infielder Jace Peterson to Triple-A El Paso and designated pitcher Bobby LaFrombroise for assignment Wednesday.

The moves were made to clear a 25-man and a 40-man roster spot for Cameron Maybin, who returned from a 25-game suspension Wednesday. Peterson is just 6 for 53 in 27 games with the Padres. LaFromboise owns a 4.75 ERA and 45:21 K:BB ratio in 53 innings with El Paso.


Jace Peterson called up by Padres


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) The Padres have promoted infielder Jace Peterson to replace on the roster Yonder Alonso, who has been placed on the disabled list.

The 24-year-old Peterson has just five hits in 50 at-bats in previous stints with San Diego this season.


Jace Peterson sent back to Triple-A


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) The Padres optioned infielder Jace Peterson to Triple-A El Paso Friday, in order to clear a spot on the roster.

Peterson got the call just before the All-Star break but appeared in just two games for the Padres. He walked in his lone plate appearance before being sent down.


Padres option Jesse Hahn, recall Jace Peterson


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) The Padres optioned pitcher Jesse Hahn to Triple-A El Paso Saturday and recalled infielder Jace Peterson.

The team brought an extra infielder into the fold while Tommy Medica deals with an injury. Hahn, who won for the fifth time in his last six starts Friday, is expected to return to the team after the All-Star break. He owns a 2.21 ERA and 47:16 K:BB ratio in 40 2/3 innings.