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46 D.J. Peterson 3B
Height/Weight: 6-1/210 | Birthdate: 12/31/1991 | Birthplace: Chandler, AZ | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Seattle | College: None | MLB Experience: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 9/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Mariners prospect D.J. Peterson (Achilles) placed on DL


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2015) Just a week after his promotion to Triple-A Tacoma, corner infielder and premier prospect D.J. Peterson has been placed on the disabled list by the Mariners for an Achilles strain, per the Seattle Post Intelligencer.

The 2013 first-round pick had just 14 at-bats with the Rainiers after compiling a poor .223/.290/.346 slash line in Double-A that did not prevent him from moving up.

The extent of his injury has yet to be revealed.


Report: Mariners move top prospect D.J. Peterson to Triple-A


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) The Mariners have made the decision to promote top prospect D.J. Peterson to Triple-A Tacoma, according to a report from SeattlePI.com. 

Peterson, the 12th overall pick in the 2013 draft, didn't light it up at Double-A Jackson, putting up a .223/.290/.346 slash line with seven home runs and 44 RBIs, but started to hit better in the second half, hitting .259 with three homers and 13 RBIs in 29 games. 

The Mariners had hoped to fast-track Peterson to the majors, perhaps by the end of this season, but the 23-year-old will have to produce at Triple-A first. 


Mariners' Peterson getting back on track after failed offseason changes


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2015) Mariners corner-infield prospect D.J. Peterson connected for a grand slam in Double-A Jackson's 9-6 win Wednesday at Mobile. He finished 2 for 5 with two runs and one stolen base.

"[I was] just looking to get a base hit up the middle, find good contact," Peterson said, per MiLB.com. "He happened to throw a fastball middle-in. I connected and it went. Basically, I was just trying to get a base knock up the middle and I ended up with a grand slam."

Peterson is finally starting to show some life offensively after a very poor start to the season. Peterson's slow start was due to the tweaks he made to his swing this offseason. The major drawback of his new approach was he didn't have as much pop when he made contact. He has since gone back to the drawing board in an attempt to get back to the player who hit 31 home runs in 2014.

He is batting .273 with two home runs, four doubles and nine RBI in his last 16 games after posting a .206/.286/.320/.606 slash line in his first 67 games.

"I think maybe in the offseason, I was trying to do a little too much," he said. "I tweaked something and built a bad habit and took a long time to get out of it.

"I had to figure out where I'd been with my load, where my hands were, to get back to where I was then. I've just been trying to find my swing, where it was. I think the last couple months ... I'm starting to feel it a little better, find my swing."

Peterson entered the season as a top-100 prospect, according to MLB.com (No. 50) and Baseball America (No. 85).


Peterson, Marte, Kivlehan among Mariners cuts Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) The Mariners announced Friday they cut 11 players from major-league camp

Pitcher Lucas Luetge, catcher John Hicks, indielder Ketel Marte, infielder Jesus Montero, outfielder James Jones and outfielder Stefen Romero were optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.

Pitcher Justin Germano, pitcher Rafael Perez, infielder D.J. Peterson, infielder Patrick Kivlehan and outfielder Franklin Gutierrez were reassigned to minor-league camp.

Peterson (No. 2), Marte (No. 3) and Kivlehan (No. 4) are among the Mariners' top prospects, according to Baseball America.


Zduriencik: Mariners' D.J. Peterson has 'a gift to hit the baseball'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2015) Mariners tihrd-base prospect D.J. Peterson is excited for his opportunity to participate in major-league spring training this season, and general manager Jack Zduriencik indicated he'll get time at first base as well as third base during the spring, MLB.com reports.

"He'll roll into Spring Training, and we'll see," Zduriencik said. "He'll play third, get a shot at first. Who knows where he's going to end up in the long run, but we all think he's going to hit. He's got a gift to hit the baseball, and that will play for us at some point."

Peterson didn't receive an invitation to major-league camp last season while recovering from a broken jaw, but he admitted that he has been counting the days till camp opens in February after receiving an invitation to participate.

"I was extremely excited," Peterson said. "Last year I kind of figured I wasn't going to get the invite with the whole face thing, but even then I looked in the mail every day, knowing it probably wasn't going to happen. But this year I got the phone call. So I'm excited. I'm excited to see what I can go do."

Peterson split time between high Class A High Desert and Double-A Jackson in 2014, hitting .297/.360/.552 with 31 home runs, 111 RBI and seven stolen bases in 495 at-bats. He played 19 games at first base and could be an option there for the Mariners if he proves productive in the spring.


Mariners already have D.J. Peterson on radar for 2015 season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) The Mariners are expected to be in the market this offseason for a right-handed power bat, but if they can't find an external option, then an internal option could be prospect D.J. Peterson, according to The News Tribune.

"His age and experience might be working against him," general manager Jack Zduriencik said, "but this is also a pretty good hitter. You don’t shut the door on it. You leave it open and see what he does.

"Coming out of Double-A to the big leagues is challenging, but he’s going to be in the Fall League. There are a lot of people who’ve been around him who think this guy is the real deal. We’ll bring him into spring training. He’ll get a fair shot. What happens, happens."

Peterson has primarily played third base in the minors, but he is expected to see significant time at first base in the Arizona Fall League. With Kyle Seager blocking his path at third base, Peterson's fastest route to the majors could be first base.

"I played a lot of first base in college," Peterson said. "It’s a position that I’m acquainted with. I’m very used to it. It wouldn’t be too much of an adjustment."


Mariners have no interest in dealing D.J. Peterson


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) The Mariners have no interest in dealing third baseman D.J. Peterson , according to Seattlepi.com.

Peterson is regarded as the team's best prospect hitter, but the front office isn't looking to put him in any upcoming deals. The Mariners have been speculated as a possible contender for David Price, but general manager Jack Zduriencik said he would be hesitant to part with Peterson in any deal. "I don’t have any interest in trading D.J. Peterson, I can tell you," he said to a local radio station. "None at all." Zduriencik added that you never say never, but he's not actively looking to move Peterson for short-term help.

Peterson is hitting .319/.373/.594 over two levels in the minors. 


D.J. Peterson 'ready' to get back on the field


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2014) Mariners third base prospect D.J. Peterson said he is "feeling really good" after his first pro season was cut short in August because of a broken jaw suffered when he was hit by a pitch. Peterson hasn't hit off living pitching since, but he's taking swings in a batting cage and hitting off a pitching machine.

The 2013 first-round pick (12th overall) knows he's going to face questions about his confidence after the unfortunate incident, but Peterson doesn't seem too concerned about stepping back into the batter's box.

"There's nothing you can really do. It's kinda out of your hands," Peterson said. "It was a freak accident that doesn't happen too often. How many times do guys get hit in the head? Not very often. It's something that hopefully doesn't happen again. I'm sure it won't happen again. I'm ready to be back on the field. I'm ready for spring training. I'm ready to show this team what I can do."

The Mariners also appear confident Peterson will bounce back.

"He's been working out in Arizona and looks good," Mariners minor-league coordinator Chris Gwynn said. "He had a great year that was cut short by the fastball to the jaw. It wasn't pretty, but before that, he put up some pretty good numbers. He's a really aggressive hitter, and he'll want to step back in there immediately. I'm anxious to see how he reacts as well."


D.J. Peterson's season likely ends with surgery


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2013) Mariners first round pick D.J. Peterson underwent surgery Friday to repair a broken jaw, suffered when he was hit by a pitch Thursday, according to MLB.com. 

Peterson's season is likely over with this injury. The No. 12 overall pick in the 2013 draft was hitting .312 with Class A Clinton, with a .922 OPS in 99 at-bats prior to the injury. He should be fine for the start of spring training next season. 


D.J. Peterson already on the move in minors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2013) Mariners third base prospect D.J. Peterson announced via Twitter he was being promoted from short-season Class A Everett to low Class A Clinton. The 12th overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft hit .312 with a .532 slugging percentage and .914 OPS in 29 games for Everett.

Peterson also had six doubles, six home runs, 20 runs and 27 RBI, while having nearly as many walks (13) as strikeouts (18).


D.J. Peterson raking for Class A Everett


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2013) Mariners infield prospect D.J. Peterson has made a splash since joining the Class A Everett lineup in June. The 2013 first-round pick (12th overall) is batting .293 with a .522 slugging percentage and .875 OPS in 23 games.

Peterson had his first two-homer game July 6 and has managed three or more hits four times, including a career-high four hits July 4. Peterson has five home runs, six doubles, 14 runs and 25 RBI. He has struck out 15 times and walked nine times.


Mariners' 2013 first-round pick makes pro debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2013) It hasn't taken long for Mariners infield prospect D.J. Peterson to begin his pro career. The 12th overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft made his debut for short-season Class A Everett Wednesday, going 0 for 3 with a walk as the team's DH.

Peterson played three seasons for New Mexico, batting .381 with a .463 on-base percentage, .691 slugging percentage and 1.154 OPS in 177 games. As a junior, Peterson hit .408 with four triples, 18 homers, 25 doubles, 68 runs and 72 RBI in 55 games.