After an amazingly potent stretch for the High Desert Mavericks, D.J. Peterson is done crushing California League pitching. Following Monday night's game -- in which Peterson hit his organization-high 18th homer while the Mavs lost 15-11 -- SeattleClubhouse learned that Peterson was on his way to Double-A to face a new challenge. Just moments after I Tweeted out that information, Peterson himself confirmed the move on his Twitter account:
Thank you to all the high desert fans it has been a honor. Excited to be joining Jackson tomorrow!! #blessed— DJ Peterson (@godj33) June 24, 2014
The bump in level was definitely earned as Peterson had collected a remarkable 32 extra base hits over his last 37 games for the Mavs, hitting .351/.416/.766 during that span and collecting multiple hits in 15 of his final 22 contests to raise his season slash to .326/.381/.615. He homered in six of the last 10 games and collected at least one extra base hit in each of the last 10 games, drove in 33 runs in 18 games in June for High Desert and went 13 straight errorless games to end his time in High-A. He made just one error over his final 26 games at the level, with 17 of those games coming at third base.
Peterson, the 12th overall pick in the 2013 draft out of New Mexico by Seattle, now has 31 home runs and 120 RBI in 120 career minor league games for the Mariners and leads all of MiLB with 73 RBI in 2014. His promotion out of High Desert and into Jackson in the Southern League is one of the most dramatic offensive climate changes in all of baseball, but it is a move that most of Seattle's top prospects have gone through over the past several years.
Peterson has struck out 65 times in 65 games this year and he's posted a 1.113 OPS at home as compared to a .897 on the road, but he's hit half of his 18 home runs away from Adelanto and has hit right-handers (.330/.392/.651) better than left-handers (.313/.343/.500) so far, too. D.J. may not make it to Jackson in time for their 5:05pm game (Pacific time) against Tennessee Tuesday night, but he should definitely be in the starting lineup for game two of their homestand on Wednesday morning (10:05am Pacific time). Now one step closer to the major leagues, Peterson becomes just the sixth member of the 2013 Draft class to reach Double-A or above so far.
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