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Rancho Cucamonga Quakes outfielder and Southern California native DJ Peters has been named the Cal League MVP after putting together an outstanding year at High-A. The 21-year-old prospect is hitting .282 on the year with 24 bombs, 76 RBI and an OPS of .900 (Cal League announces their MVP before the season ends).
Peters has the frame to be an elite level outfielder, and his bat has proven reliable at both levels he’s played at so far. This is almost bittersweet though, because if Peters had been moved up to Double-A Tulsa, he wouldn’t have won this award, but his career goals are surely greater than minor league MVPs.
Regardless, his future is now more well endowed after this, and he will surely get his chance with the Drillers next year. Peters, a teammate of Ruiz, was taken in the 4th round last year and has proven his worth since then.
Other famous winners of the award include the Dodgers’ own Corey Seager in 2014, Paul Goldschmidt in 2010 and, last but not least, Dodger great Brad Penny in 1998.
Peters has been higher up on my prospect list than on many others, partially because I’ve seen him play more than any other prospect, but also because I honestly think he will be a legit big leaguer one day. Regardless, if he continues to have years as he has been, it will be impossible to keep him off those lists.