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DJ Peters
Trending: ↓ 8%
CF | B/T: R/R | 6' 6" 225LBS | Age: 24

Draft: 2016 | Rd: 4, #131, Los Angeles Dodgers | Western Nevada CC
MLB Pipeline Rank
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 255 208 40 54 12 39 1 .260 .388 .490 .879
Career Minors 1991 1714 304 461 92 271 11 .269 .363 .501 .865
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .260 12 39 1 .879
Career Minors .269 92 271 11 .865

Standard Minor League Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGLGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2016 Ogden Raptors PIO ROK 66 302 262 63 92 24 3 13 48 35 66 5 3 5 .351 .437 .615 1.052
2017 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes CAL A(Adv) 132 587 504 91 139 29 5 27 82 64 189 3 3 15 .276 .372 .514 .886
2018 Tulsa Drillers TEX AA 132 559 491 79 116 23 3 29 60 45 192 1 2 18 .236 .320 .473 .793
2019 2 Teams Minors 125 543 457 71 114 20 2 23 81 61 168 2 1 19 .249 .358 .453 .811
2019 Tulsa Drillers TEX AA 68 288 249 31 60 10 1 11 42 28 93 1 0 7 .241 .331 .422 .753
2019 Oklahoma City Dodgers PCL AAA 57 255 208 40 54 10 1 12 39 33 75 1 1 12 .260 .388 .490 .879

Scouting Report

2020

Peters has an extensive track record of hitting for power, starting with setting a Western Nevada CC record with 16 homers in 2016, when the Dodgers made him a fourth-round pick. He led the Rookie-level Pioneer League in total bases (161) and OPS (1.061) in his pro debut, the high Class A California League in extra-base hits (61) and slugging (.514) en route to MVP honors in 2017 and the Double-A Texas League in homers (29), extra-base knocks (55) and total bases (232) in 2018. He slammed 23 more long balls last year while splitting time between Double-A and Triple-A.

The strength and leverage in Peters' 6-foot-6 frame combine with his solid bat speed and take-no-prisoners approach to give him at least plus-plus raw power to all fields. The question is how much he'll tap into it at the big league level because he's extremely pull-happy and has a 33 percent strikeout rate in full-season ball. He did settle down a bit in 2019 and does draw enough walks to offset low batting averages with healthy on-base percentages.

Compared to Jayson Werth for his surprising athleticism in an extra-large frame, Peters is an average runner out of the batter's box and step quicker underway. He has spent the majority of his first four pro seasons in center field and can get the job done up the middle. He projects as a solid defender in right field, where his plus arm and power fit the profile.


2019

Scouting grades: Hit: 40 | Power: 60 | Run: 50 | Arm: 60 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50

Peters has posted big power numbers everywhere he has gone in the last three years, starting with setting school records at Western Nevada CC for batting (.419) and homers (16) in 2016, when Los Angeles signed him as a fourth-rounder. He topped the Rookie-level Pioneer League in runs (63), total bases (161) and OPS (1.052) during his pro debut, then encored by winning California League MVP honors and leading the Class A Advanced circuit in extra-base hits (61) and slugging (.514) during his first full season. He followed up in 2018 by pacing all Double-A hitters in homers (29) and the Texas League in extra-base hits (55) and total bases (232).

Compared to Jayson Werth for his power and surprising athleticism in a big frame, Peters can knock the ball out of any part of any ballpark thanks to his strength and leverage. His 6-foot-6 build comes with a naturally long right-handed swing that, coupled with his aggressive approach, resulted in a Texas League-worst 192 strikeouts and 34 percent whiff rate in 2018. He went through five different batting stances during the season as he searched for a way to make more contact, and the Dodgers think he'll be able to do that after reworking his stroke during the offseason.

Peters displays average speed out of the batter's box and is a step quicker once he gets going, which enabled him to play center field for the majority of his first three pro seasons. He's an average defender up the middle but better suited for a corner. His strong arm fits perfectly in right field, as does his power profile.


2018

Scouting grades: Hit: 40 | Power: 60 | Run: 50 | Arm: 60 | Field: 45 | Overall: 50

In the final year of Western Nevada CC's baseball program, Peters set school records for hitting (.419) and home runs (16) in 2016 before signing with the Dodgers as a fourth-rounder. He has continued to mash in pro ball, leading the Rookie-level Pioneer League in runs (63), total bases (161) and OPS (1.052) during his pro debut. In his first full season, he won California League MVP honors and topped the high Class A circuit in extra-base hits (61) and slugging (.514).

Built along the lines of Aaron Judge, Peters has similar huge raw right-handed power and a strong arm. His strength and the leverage in his 6-foot-6 frame allow him to crush balls out of any part of any ballpark, though his size also leads to a naturally long swing. His 189 strikeouts also led the Cal League and he'll have to reduce his 32 percent strikeout rate, though he also demonstrated some selectivity by finishing second with 64 walks.

Surprisingly athletic for a big man, Peters shows average speed out of the batter's box and is faster than that once he gets going. Though he spent the majority of his first two pro seasons in center field, he doesn't have the speed and instincts to remain there. He's destined for right field and has the power and arm to fit the profile there.


2017

Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 55 | Run: 50 | Arm: 60 | Field: 45 | Overall: 45

A 36th-round pick out of high school by the Cubs in 2014 and again as a freshman at Western Nevada CC by the Rangers a year later, Peters finally signed with the Dodgers for $250,000 as a fourth-rounder last June. In the final year of the Western Nevada program, he set school records for hitting (.419) and homers (16) in 2016. He continued to rake in his pro debut, leading the Rookie-level Pioneer League in runs (63), total bases (161) and OPS (1.052). 

Peters' strength and the leverage in his 6-foot-6 frame give him massive raw power from the right side of the plate. His size makes his swing exceedingly long when he gets overly aggressive, so he may not hit for high average after batting .351 in his first taste of pro ball. He does make a lot of hard contact and shows the patience to draw some walks.

Peters moves very well for a big man, showing average speed out of the batter's box and plus speed at times once he gets going. He split his time between center and right field during his debut and fits better at the latter position. Though he needs to refine his reads and routes, his strong arm is an asset.


2016

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 55 | Run: 50 | Arm: 60 | Field: 45 | Overall: 45

Peters got selected in each of the last three Drafts, in the 36th round in both 2014 (by the Cubs out of high school) and 2015 (by the Rangers after his freshman season at Western Nevada CC) before signing with the Dodgers for $250,000 as a fourth-rounder last summer. In the final year of the Western Nevada program, he set school records for batting average (.419) and homers (16) last spring. He continued to mash during his pro debut, topping the Rookie-level Pioneer League in runs (63), total bases (161) and OPS (1.052) while also impressing Los Angeles with his work ethic.

At 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds, Peters is built to hit for power. He's very strong and has a lot of leverage in his right-handed stroke. His long arms can make for an extra-long stroke when he gets too aggressive, so he may not hit for a high average after batting .351 in the Pioneer League, but he does show the patience to work walks.

Peters moves very well for his size, displaying average speed out of the batter's box and flashing plus speed once he gets going. He divided his pro debut between center field and right field and is a better fit at the latter position. He's still a work in progress defensively but his strong arm is an asset.


Transactions

Team Date Transaction
03/10/2020 Los Angeles Dodgers optioned CF DJ Peters to Oklahoma City Dodgers.
11/20/2019 Los Angeles Dodgers selected the contract of CF DJ Peters from Oklahoma City Dodgers.
06/27/2019 CF DJ Peters assigned to Oklahoma City Dodgers from Tulsa Drillers.
02/11/2019 Los Angeles Dodgers invited non-roster OF DJ Peters to spring training.
01/30/2018 Los Angeles Dodgers invited non-roster CF DJ Peters to spring training.
09/12/2017 CF DJ Peters assigned to Tulsa Drillers from Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
04/05/2017 CF DJ Peters assigned to Rancho Cucamonga Quakes from Great Lakes Loons.
03/03/2017 CF DJ Peters assigned to Los Angeles Dodgers.
03/03/2017 CF DJ Peters roster status changed by Los Angeles Dodgers.
09/12/2016 CF DJ Peters assigned to Great Lakes Loons from Ogden Raptors.
06/20/2016 CF DJ Peters assigned to Ogden Raptors.
06/17/2016 Los Angeles Dodgers signed OF DJ Peters.