Dodgers: Under the Radar Prospects to Keep an Eye on in 2018

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LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 01: A general view of fans during game seven of the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 01: A general view of fans during game seven of the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

DJ Peters, Outfield

This 21-year old is another player who made his way into the BA top ten list after not even being in the top twenty entering 2017. He had a breakout year in Rancho Cucamonga. He was tearing the cover off the ball all season long. He had a slugging percentage of .514 and 27 home runs in 132 games.

Peters is another local product. He attended Glendora High School in Southern California. Peters is built like a mack truck and uses all 6’6 of his frame when he hits the ball. There are certain players who have a sound when they connect with a ball that gives goosebumps; Peters is one of those special types of talents that can hit a ball over any fence in any stadium.

I am sure you can guess what his major flaw is. Like most big power hitting forces his weakness is how often he strikes out. He struck out 189 times in the 132 games. He struck out over 35 percent of the time. He needs to bring that number down a bit in order to make his way up this stacked outfield group in the system.

He does not need to drastically lower the strikeout numbers but he needs to be somewhat respectable. If he can’t fix his strikeout woes, his home run numbers need to go up to justify the all or nothing approach. He is still only 21 and with the great coaches throughout the organization, I expect him to make the adjustments and will become an elite bat within the next three years.

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