The Race for the Top Draft Slots
In the race for the top draft picks next season, the Reds have slipped back to the 6th slot. There are four other teams within 2.5 G of the Reds in the draft pick standings.
Race for the number one pick:
1 San Francisco Giants 60 -93 .392
2. Philadelphia 60 – 91 ..397 1 GB
3. Chicago White Sox 60 – 90 .400 1.5 GB
4. Detroit 62 – 90 .408 2.5 GB
5. New York Mets 65 – 87 .428 5.5 GB
6. Cincinnati Reds 66 – 85 .437 7 GB
Reds Claim IF D.J. Peterson
The Reds claimed IF D.J. Peterson off waivers from the Chicago White Sox on 09/17. Then two days later, after passing Peterson back through waivers, they outrighted him off the roster and assigned him to the AAA Louisville Bats roster. Peterson will not be able to become a minor league free agent this off season, but he will however be eligible for the Rule 5 draft.
Peterson is a 25 year old RH hitting 1B/3B. He was a first round pick (12th overall) by the Mariners in 2013. He was the Mariners #2 prospect after both 2013 and 2014 and their #10 prospect after 2015 according to Baseball America. He was also Baseball America’s #85 prospect after both 2013 and 2014.
In 2013, his first professional season, Peterson hit .303/.365/.553/.918 in 230 PA splitting time between A- and A leagues. In 2014 he hit .326/.381/.615/.997 in 299 PA in the high offense California League, and then .261/.335/.473/.808 in 248 PA in the AA Southern League. At this point he was the Mariners #2 prospect and BBA top 100 prospect.
Peterson then returned to AA in 2015 and to most everyone’s surprise struggled big time hitting just .223/.290/.347/.638 in 389 PA.
He again began the 2016 season in AA where he hit .271/.340/.466/.805 in 312 PA, and was then promoted to AAA PCL where he hit .253/.307/.438/.745 in 192 PA. Bear in mind that league average OPS in the PCL in 2016 was .751.
Peterson began the 2017 season back at AAA and hit a pedestrian .264/.323/.414/.737 in 421 PA and was then designated for assignment and claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox. After joining the White Sox he struggled bad hitting just .198/.281/.360/.642 in 97 PA for their IL AAA team.
Peterson has above average power, .191 ISO minor league career, that has not played as well at the upper levels as he has right about a .160 ISO combined at the AA and AAA levels. He has an about average 8.0 BB% for his minor league career that has held fairly steady at the upper levels. He has a minor league K% of 21% that has also held steady at the upper levels.
Peterson has below average speed and there were questions regarding whether he could stick at 3B. This late season pickup is reminiscent of the late season pickups the last two years of Tyler Holt and Patrick Kivlehan. The Reds have succeeded in stowing Peterson away at AAA in hopes of him supplying some power for the Bats lineup next season and further hoping he can make the adjustments at the upper levels that once had him regarded as one of the games top prospects.