D.J. Peters, 6-foot-6 outfielder, taken in fourth round by Dodgers
With their fourth-round pick and the 131st taken overall in the MLB draft, the Dodgers selected their second 6-foot-6 player in a row: 20-year-old right-handed outfielder D.J. Peters, from Glendora High School by way of Western Nevada Community College.
Peters had a .519 on-base percentage and .734 slugging percentage in 2016 for the Wildcats, with 31 extra-base hits and 34 walks compared with 33 strikeouts. For context, his .419 batting average and 16 home runs in 2016 set school records. (He also had a 1.35 ERA in 6 2/3 innings)
As this Western Nevada story notes, Peters was taken in the 36th round twice before, by the Texas Rangers last year and by the Cubs after his senior year at Glendora.
Before his sophomore season at WNC, Peters signed a letter of intent with Cal State Fullerton, so the coveted outfielder could continue his college career depending on where he is selected this week.
“I have been hearing a lot of good things; only time will tell,” Peters said. “Anything can happen, and I’m excited to see what happens.”