Player: Dustin Peterson
Drafted by: San Diego Padres (No. 50 Overall)
DOB: 9/10/1994 (Age: 18)
Height/Weight: 6’2”/180 lbs
School: Gilbert (Ariz.) HS
College Commitment: Arizona State
The younger brother of D.J. Peterson, the University of New Mexico third baseman who went No. 12 in the first round, Dustin is a better athlete and arguably the more projectable player long-term.
Although he’s played shortstop for his high school team, there’s reasonable concern Dustin will be forced to move off the position down the line. That being said, the 6’2”, 180-pounder’s offensive potential is what will ultimately attract teams this June, as both brothers have a legitimate chance to have their names called on Day 1 of the draft.
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 80-point scouting scale, with the current score first and projected score second.
Quick, strong hands; above-average bat speed; direct swing with steady bat path through zone; keeps bat head in zone for extended period of time; comfortable using the entire field; mature approach for high school player; tracks the ball deep; should hit for average at next level.
Present strength at 6’2”, 180 pounds; creates nice point of contact; gets extension thought he ball; drives ball with consistent backspin carry; good pop the other way; above-average power potential; will need to improve frequency if he’s forced to move to a corner.
Average runner; quick feet and excellent instincts make speed play up; thicker build could cost him a step as he develops.
Currently a shortstop but will need to move off the position as a professional; decent range despite lack of speed; good first step; soft hands and glove; smooth hands; body control.
Fringy arm strength; serviceable at shortstop; clean arm stroke; gets rid of the ball quickly and generates momentum toward target; arm will need to get stronger for left side of the infield at the next level.
MLB Player Comparison: Ian Desmond
Projection: Above-average third baseman on second-division team.
MLB ETA: 2016
Chances of Signing: 75%
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