D.J. Peterson should have his second-straight Mountain West batting triple crown when the 2013 season concludes. He has been an excellent hitter throughout his college career, showcasing an easy swing with improving power and minimal unnecessary movement. It's easy to project success at the plate at the next level. Some have gone as far as calling Peterson the best pure hitter in college.
Peterson is somewhat lacking as a defender, and may be pressed to play first base. The Lobos' defense improved significantly this season when Peterson moved over from third, allowing Alex Allbritton to take over at the hot corner. Peterson's bat should more than make up for any deficiencies with his glove, however, making him a solid mid-first round pick at the very least.
|Pos||High School / College||Consensus Rank|
|3B||New Mexico (junior)||1st round|
|B/T||Birthdate (age)||Height / Weight|
|R/R||12/31/1991 (21)||6'1" / 205|
What they're saying
- Nick Faleris, Baseball Prospectus: "Right-handed power with a chance to boast an average or better hit/on-base skill set, as well. Peterson has a simple load, relatively tight bat path, and good extension through contact, giving him a nice foundation upon which to build an offensive game at the next level. He will struggle at times with secondaries but is generally advanced in his approach and in his ability to make in-game adjustments."
- Scouting Book: "Peterson won the Mountain West Conference triple crown in 2012, demonstrating that he can bring smooth, easy power on every plate appearance. His hitch-free swing and growing power have him zooming up prospect lists, and for good reason."