Once again, Dillon Peters is making a lasting impression on the Miami Marlins.
The Marlins left-hander threw three innings of no-hit ball in his third appearance and first Grapefruit League start in Thursday's 2-2 tie against the Nationals.
While veteran pitchers work on such things as mechanics in the spring, Peters doesn't have that luxury. As a non-roster invitee, his mind was set on showing his best stuff and not holding anything back.
"I basically just wanted to show what I had and show them what I could possibly do in the future," Peters said. "I'm just working hard, keeping my head down, and learning. I'm happy that I'm here, because I'm learning a lot."
Peters’ path to the majors make take a little longer, but he is certainly moving in the right direction. He was solid at the Double-A level last season in Jacksonville, going 3-0 with a 1.99 ERA over four starts. In two years in the Minors, Peters compiled a 15-10 record with a 2.69 ERA in 35 starts.
This is not the first time coaches and manager Don Mattingly have noticed Peters’ ability on the mound as he was equally solid in two earlier relief appearances. For the spring, Peters has thrown six innings, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out two. Those kinds of outings will help to determine where he plays once the minor league season begins. He was the organizations’ 10th round pick in 2014.
What makes the ascension toward the majors so impressive is the fact Peters is one 5-foot-9 and weighs 185 pounds – small by comparison to most of his teammates. It might be what motivates him to push through in reaching his goal of pitching in Miami in the future.
"I didn't get a lot of looks in high school," said Peters, who pitched for the University of Texas. "I'm just a hard worker, keep my head down and learn from whoever I can. That's kind of how I approach each day and every outing."
Although control has been a strength over his short career -- Peters has walked just 33 batters over 173 2/3 innings -- he opened the game by issuing a free pass to Nationals shortstop Trea Turner. But that would be the only baserunner the lefty would allow.
Despite his size, Peters showed he can throw heat. His fastball reached 94 miles per hour at one point, and he used a 91-mph fastball to strike out Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth.