The Seattle Mariners top hitting prospect, D.J. Peterson -- the club's top pick in the 2013 draft and the selection as Co-Player of the Year by the organization earlier this offseason -- will represent Seattle in the Arizona Fall League's version of an All-Star game this weekend when he plays for the West in the AFL's Fall Stars Game at 5pm on MLB Network Saturday night.
Peterson, who hit 31 home runs and drove in 111 runs during the regular season while splitting time between High-A High Desert and Double-A Jackson, will be the lone Seattle player in the game. He is hitting a rather pedestrian .214/.353/.357 in 12 games to date but the right-handed hitter is tied for fourth in the AFL in walks with nine.
Infielder/outfielder Patrick Kivlehan, himself an Award Winner from Seattle's minor league system this season, and the player who is enjoying the most on-field success in the AFL through the season's first few weeks, carrying a top-10 OPS (.960) while ranking tied for second in both home runs (4) and RBI (13) for the Surprise Saguaros, was not selected to play in the game.
The Arizona Fall League is made up of six teams with rosters consisting of the top prospects from all 30 MLB teams. The M's sent seven players to play in the league this season, but right-hander Taijuan Walker went home last week. The rosters for the Fall Stars game consist of the top 50 players as selected by scouting and farm directors from every Major League organization, in consultation with Arizona Fall League Director Steve Cobb and his baseball personnel staff. Stefen Romero, Nick Franklin, Mike Zunino and Dustin Ackley are former Mariners who have played in this game.
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