M's Top Pick Peterson Promoted

Peterson earns his promotion after spending 29 games in Everett and leading the Northwest League in a number of offensive categories.

Teammates started the buzz and SeattleClubhouse has since confirmed, Seattle Mariners 1st round pick D.J. Peterson was promoted following Everett's 3-2 walk-off win tonight; he's on his way to join the Low-A Clinton Lumber Kings in the Midwest League.

The M's top selection and 12th overall last month in the draft, Peterson leaves Everett after 29 games -- the same number that 2012 top pick Mike Zunino spent for the Short Season affiliate prior to his promotion a season ago -- as one of the top performers in the Northwest League. Peterson led the NWL in HR (6), RBI (27) and SLG (.532) while ranking in the top ten in a number of other categories, including extra base hits (12), total bases (58) and OPS (.914).

The 21-year-old right-handed hitting third baseman was taken out of Sunday's game and missed Monday night's game after injuring his wrist on a play in the field, but he came back Tuesday night and showed he was healthy as he delivered two hits in four trips to the plate -- his seventh multi-hit game this month -- and scored a run for Everett.

All told, Peterson hit .312/.382/.532 with those six home runs -- two being grand slams -- and 27 RBI and also drew 13 walks (10.6% BB%) and struck out only 18 times (14.6% K%) in his 29 games and 123 plate appearances for the AquaSox. He played 24 of his 29 games as the third baseman and committed four errors in his 46 chances at the hot corner. I was told that the M's West Coast Scouting Supervisor, Butch Baccala, was watching him recently and to expect this promotion a few days ago.

The Mariners have been aggressive in their promotions with top prospects under Jack Zduriencik and Director of Player Development Chris Gwynn the past few seasons and many felt that Peterson would move quickly before the draft. This promotion seems to line up well with that.

Peterson was impressive in his stay with Everett at the plate and had a bit of a flare for the dramatic, with AquaSox announcer Pat Dillon telling me, "he's the best two-strike hitter I can ever remember." Peterson also hit very well with runners in scoring position (14 for 33) and he hit three of his six home runs in the seventh inning or later to go along with those two booming grand slams.

The LumberKings are set to open up a 3-game series in Appleton against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Wednesday. Peterson should be available at some point in that series and figures to play the remainder of the 2013 season with them.

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