Dodgers: Four Dodger Prospects on the Rise for 2018
By Sully Engels
Peters climbed the ranks all 2017. From Rancho Cucamonga to the Arizona Fall League and up just about every prospect list out there, the 21-year-old had a season that saw him land at #8 on Baseball America’s list of top Dodgers’ prospects when it was all said and done.
He’s batted .302 with 40 home runs over his two-year career, 27 in 132 games last year and 13 in 66 the year before. His strikeout rate is concerning but isn’t uncommon among young hitters. It will be the thing to hold him back if anything does.
At 6’6’ and 225 pounds, I think an easy comparison would be another player the Dodgers had young in their career, Jayson Werth. Along with a similar frame and flowing locks, Peters has the athleticism that Werth had early in his career and doesn’t come along often for a player their size. Peters hasn’t been the stolen base threat Werth was, but he can certainly patrol the outfield just as well if not better.
Peters has a chance to become the premier outfielder in the organization this year and will most likely start the year in Double-A Tulsa. If he puts together a big season, who knows how big of a part he could be in Los Angeles’ future outfield.
With four outfielders in the Dodgers top 10 prospects, you’d have to think at least one will be traded at some point, especially with one being uber hot commodity Alex Verdugo. If Peters can survive that, he has a great chance to be a big part of the squad moving forward.
Arrival Estimate: (If not traded before) 2020