Dodgers Prospect Watch: DJ Peters

Howard Cole

Name: DJ Peters.

Vitals: Centerfielder, 6' 6" 225, age 24, bats right, throws right. Western, Nevada JC, from Glendora, CA.

Acquired: By Dodgers in 36th round of 2016 MLB Amateur Draft.

Highest level of play: 2019 Oklahoma City Dodgers.

Baseball America 2020 ranking: 14th among Dodgers prospects.

Likely date for major league debut: 2020/2021.

Dodgers Spring Training stats: 3-23, a double, a home run and four RBIs, with nine strikeouts, .143/.217/.333.

Baseball America scouting report (subscription required): “Muscular and massive at 6-foot-6, 225 pounds … tool is his enormous raw power, which some scouts grade an 80 … creates prodigious leverage and demolishes anything left over the plate … tremendously athletic for his size and a serviceable center fielder with average speed and long strides … above-average arm fits in right field.”

Comment: Peters made a great first impression, debuting with the Dodgers' Pioneer League Ogden Raptors in 2016, recording a .351/.437/.615 line, with 13 homers and 48 RBIs in 266 at bats over 66 games, following up with a .276/.372/.514, 27 HR and 82 RBI full 2017 season with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

In his first season as a 22-year-old at the AA-Tulsa Drillers, Peters struggled from a batting average and on base perspective (.236/.320), but continued to produce, with 29 homers and 60 ribs in 491 at bats and 132 games. He then split the 2019 season between Tulsa and AAA-Oklahoma City, combining to hit .249/.358/.453, with 28 HR and 93 RBIs.

The issue with Peters has always been strikeouts, but you can say that about a lot of guys, and the Dodgers need right-hand hitting boppers. We'll see him in the majors in September, or the COVID-19 equivalent of.

And remember, glove conquers all.

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Comments (3)
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Ericmonson
Ericmonson

All players find their level. Some level off at AA or AAA. I would love to see him make it to The Bigs, but only time will tell. Greg Brock comes to mind.

Gillyking
Gillyking

For the short ST this season, his 'rusty look' looked like he obviously had not worked in the offseason under any regimented level. Really surprised at that. Winter ball? Private hitting? Dodger Stadium workouts? He then comes to ST and is over anxious, impatient and basically clueless at the dish. kind of reminds me of Puig's 2-3-4th years of spring training and early season failures. To hone that massive power would really become a nice gift to himself and the LAD.. If something don't happen soon, DJ might end up on one of Friedmans's 'traded' lists..

Donniedeporte
Donniedeporte

He was fun to watch last years Spring Training. Seems to have fallen a bit while in progress this season. Power but seems to whiff a bit too much. Hope he makes it up to the mlb roster, and there are mlb games


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