Originally written on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 6/7/13
Seattle Mariners decided to go with offense for the 12th pick in this year’s draft.  Seattle selected third baseman D.J. Peterson from New Mexico for this reason. Peterson is one of those players that has put up solid numbers, but did not receive much recognition for his solid production. They had a need for a power bat, and he offered one of the best all-around bats in the draft. While some people have defensive questions about him, his bat will play anywhere. He had a monster year for New Mexico, and then led Team USA in home runs and RBIs over the summer. He is also an advanced hitter with plus power, and one who is not afraid to take a walk. Peterson played both corners defensively, mostly playing first while with USA Baseball. Some of the scouts that saw him felt he was the best pure hitter, especially in the college ranks, in this draft class.  The scouts love his hitting ability, he has short, hitter’s arms, tremendous bat speed and strength, and always hits balls on the scre...
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