College Draft Profile: D.J. Peterson

 

DJ Peterson, 1B, University of New Mexico

Class: Junior; Height: 6-1; Weight: 205; B/T: R/R

Updated: 06/02/13

Peterson was the most productive hitter in Division I this season, slugging an impressive .408/.522/.807 with 25 doubles, four triples, 18 homeruns, and five stolen bases. And according to Weighted On Base Average, or wOBA, the mashing first baseman is sporting a .549 total, which is also tops among DI players (according to CollegeSplits.com).

Projection: The problem with Peterson’s production is that most of it has been done in a bandbox. And once his production is adjusted for park and schedule, his overall line, while still solid, is noticeably less (.364/.487/.739). In fact, his adjusted wOBA, .475, falling to #6.

Overall, Peterson is a solid big league prospect, probably being nabbed somewhere in the middle to back half of the first round. He’s always shown a strong eye at the plate and his power grades out as a 55 or 60. He has a ceiling as a good #5/#6-type hitter, capable of hitting 20 to 25 homeruns with a .280/.350/.500.

Ceiling: 3.0-win player

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate

Drafted: Mid to Late First

 

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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.