It’s not every day you find a 6’6″ 245-pound left-handed pitcher. But that’s who David Peterson is. The junior left-hander from the University of Oregon is currently all about projection. He did play last summer for the USA baseball national collegiate team. He’s not one of MLBs top 50 prospects, but he is all about projection.
Peterson is the number one starter for the University of Oregon baseball team. He struggled in his first two outings, but I don’t think there is a reason to be concerned. There’s a whole lot of baseball left to be played between now and the draft. With his big frame and his natural athletic ability, teams are going to take a chance in the second or third round on a pitcher that big with that much athleticism. Currently, his command and control are a bit iffy but he has everything that a team would love to work with, including an excellent makeup.
He seems to check all of Jason McLeod’s boxes – USA baseball, coachability, work ethic, big frame. What also helps is that he actually plays in the same stadium as the Eugene Emeralds, the Cubs’ short-season affiliate.
This Week’s Profile
6’6” and 245 pounds
Areas of Concern:
Control and command
A third quality pitch
What Others Say
Scout.com said the following about Peterson’s potential:
Peterson has always been an upside arm due to his large frame and big arsenal. However, scouts believe his long limbs have been the key attribute to his biggest knock, command. Once Peterson learns to control his limbs a bit more, and capitalize on his extension, the ceiling sky rockets. Scouts also believe that Peterson is still trying to regain confidence in his body after the leg break, which has impacted his rhythm on the mound. Small things like this could be fixed and contribute to his future success, which leaves organizations desiring a future with Peterson at the forefront.
With a fastball in the low to mid-90s that runs away from right-handed hitters and into left-handed hitters, Peterson has a lot of attractive qualities with that pitch. In addition, it has some natural sink to it. He also has a plus change it but he is still struggling with developing a breaking ball.
While he is technically not a project, he will need some time to work out some things.
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