TEAM: SEATTLE MARINERS
POSITION: THIRD BASE & FIRST BASE
THROWS/BATS: R, R
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6’1”, 210 LBS.
DATE OF BIRTH: DECEMBER 31, 1991
PLACE OF BIRTH: GILBERT, ARIZONA
D.J. Peterson is a top minor league prospect within the Seattle Mariners organization. He was drafted 12th overall by the Mariners in the first round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft out of the University of New Mexico. Entering 2015, Peterson was rated as the #3 prospect in the Mariners organization and the #50 overall prospect in baseball by MLB.com. Peterson plays third and first base.
Peterson held a .297 batting average with 31 homeruns, 31 doubles and 111 RBI between AA and High-A in 2014 while participating in the 2014 Futures Game. This was followed by the 2015 season where Peterson split time between AA and AAA. Although limited by injuries, he still recorded 29 extra base hits in 97 games.
Prior to being drafted, Peterson played for the University of New Mexico where he earned Louisville Slugger All-America honors. Peterson was the Mountain West Co-Player of the Year and a first team All-American in 2013 (for the second year in a row) after hitting .408 with 18 homeruns and 72 RBIs. He finished his college career tied for first in the school’s history in doubles (78), third in total bases (492), tied for fourth in RBIs (198) and fourth in homers (41) and slugging percentage (.691). Peterson is the highest MLB Draft pick from the University of New Mexico.
In February 2016, Roc Nation Sports announced that it has signed Peterson to its roster of athletes ahead of the 2016 MLB season. Peterson is the older brother of Atlanta Braves prospect Dustin Peterson, who is also signed to Roc Nation Sports.