Peterson making strong impression

Could the second base job be decided early? Jace Peterson is making a strong case for the position.

Jace Peterson continues to do well early in spring training. He was impressing his new coaches even before the games started, but now he's being productive in the Grapefruit League, as well.

Peterson was 2-4 Sunday against the Astros, with a run scored. He is now hitting .417 on the young seasons.

It is early, and there are still plenty of games left to play before the start of the season. But for the newcomer Peterson to make this early impression is just what the Braves hoped for. The preference is to have rookie phenom Jose Peraza start the season in Triple-A, so the Braves need someone to step up and make it easier to send Peraza to the minor leagues.

If the other candidates struggle, the Braves might be tempted to keep Peraza on the opening day roster. He needs more time, though, so to see Peterson do well may make it easier to have the youngster get a bit more time to develop in the minor leagues.

But let's not discount Peterson's chances of helping this team. He has skills, particularly speed. The Braves want to have more speed in the lineup this season, so Peterson could fit right in especially if Eric Young, Jr. is also near the top of the lineup as the center fielder.

Peterson is also versatile, which further helps his chances of making the roster. He showed tremendous grit and hustle to the coaches in the early workouts, which is exactly what a new player needs to do in front of his new coaches.

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