Trade Candidate: DJ Peters
There are few players in the Dodgers organization, both Majors and Minors, that possess the power potential of DJ Peters. Standing 6’6″ and weighing 225 pounds, Peters possesses the raw physique that scouts salivate over, and it translates at the plate with ample home run totals during his four-year journey through the Dodgers system. That culminated with 23 home runs last season, split between Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
There are inherently two roadblocks to Peters figuring into the long-term plans of the Dodgers.
Firstly, while home runs are aplomb for Peters, so too are strike-outs. The outfielder has struck out over 168 times in each of his three full seasons in the minors, including 192 times over 491 at-bats (34.3%) in 2018. He makes up for that with a solid walk-rate which results in an OBP of .363 over his career and makes Peters a perfect example of the “three true outcomes” philosophy.
Secondly, as mentioned above when discussing Pederson, the Dodgers outfield is not exactly flush with opportunities. with both A.J. Pollock and Cody Bellinger locked in long-term, and others ahead of Peters on the depth chart.
Still, power is one thing that every team is looking to add to their system, and Peters represents some of the best raw power potential in the minor leagues. If he can curb his strike-outs and continue to barrel the ball, he represents a potential piece that the Dodgers can use at the trade deadline to entice would-be sellers.