The Seattle Mariners had found themselves devoid of a lot of quality hitters. They began to remedy that situation by picking New Mexico third baseman DJ Peterson with the No. 12 pick in the 2013 MLB Draft. The thing that the fans in Seattle will love about Peterson is that he is a pure hitter who should find his way to the Pacific Northwest sooner than later. This was a steal for the Mariners in my opinion.
Peterson hit .408 this season with 18 home runs and 72 RBIs for the Lobos and that was coming off of a season where he hit .419 with 17 home runs and 78 RBIs. He is a player who could find himself in the middle of the Seattle order before the 2014 season concludes in all honesty. I like what the Mariners could have in their infield if they put Peterson at third along with Nick Franklin at shortstop, Kyle Seager at second and Justin Smoak at first base. There is power and speed in that lineup and if he can’t handle third base on a daily basis, he could easily find himself being the team’s designated hitter.
This was a great decision by the Mariners. He will be 22 years old on New Year’s Eve. If he can show that he can handle playing third base in the minor leagues, he will be up soon. I had thought that Peterson was the second-best third basemen in this draft behind Kris Bryant. He may not have the same power that Bryant has but the ability is there for Peterson to become an everyday player in the Seattle lineup for a decade to come.