Farm fresh: D.J. Peters starts fast after ’16 draft
By Cary Osborne
At this point, you’d have to say that Dodgers’ fourth-round pick D.J. Peters is making one of the best early impressions of any player selected in the 2016 MLB Draft.
Peters on Tuesday hit a 440-foot home run in the third inning of the Pioneer League vs. Northwest League All-Star Game that, according to MiLB.com’s Jared Ravich, left his bat at 106 MPH. Peters went 1 for 3 in the game and earned the Pioneer League’s Top Star Award.
Peters, a 20-year-old outfielder with Rookie League Ogden, is second in the Pioneer League with a 1.093 OPS, third in slugging at .664, fourth in on-base percentage at .460, fifth in batting average at .374 and tied for fifth with seven home runs.
From what Dodger director of amateur scouting Billy Gasparino said after drafting Peters, his early success makes sense.
“D.J. Peters has as many tools and is as talented as any outfielder in the country,” Gasparino said in June. “We think he’s a fierce competitor and a guy who really is a prototype right fielder.”
The Dodgers selected Peters out of Western Nevada College, where he batted .419 with 16 homers in 61 games this year. He was the 26th outfielder taken in the 2016 MLB Draft.
He was previously selected in the 36th round in 2014 by the Cubs and the 36th round in 2015 by the Rangers in 2015.