DJ Peters
24-Year-Old OutfielderOF
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Once again, Peters hit for power, struck out a lot (31.0 K%) and was at least 12% better than the average hitter in the leagues he played in, but his most widely-accepted strength disappeared. The right-handed slugger stopped crushing lefties. After posting an OPS of .900 or better against southpaws from 2016-18, Peters had a .707 OPS in 112 PA against lefties. His floor was seemingly a short-side platoon right fielder, so the question is whether he made adjustments to try to solve his issues against righties at the expense of his greatest strength, or whether he just got very unlucky in a small sample against southpaws. If the .838 OPS he posted against righties is legitimate and he bounces back against LHP, then he could be in for a monster 2020 in the Pacific Coast League. He is on the 40-man roster, but does not have a clear path to an everyday role, barring a trade to a lesser organization. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Dodgers in June of 2016.
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OFLos Angeles Dodgers
November 20, 2019
Peters was added to the Dodgers' 40-man roster Wednesday.
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Peters hit .260/.388/.490 with 12 home runs and 39 RBI over 57 games in his first action with Triple-A Oklahoma City last season. The 23-year-old was effective in the minors, but it's unclear whether he will reach the majors in 2020, given the Dodgers' outfield depth. His addition to the 40-man roster shields him from the Rule 5 draft.
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Early in his first tour of the Texas League, it looked like Peters was turning into one of the best power-hitting prospects in the minors. However, from May 15 on, he hit just .219 with a 36.5 K% -- troubling marks for a 22-year-old corner outfielder. He still got to his power (21 HR, .460 SLG) over that stretch (397 PA), but the concern is that he won't make enough contact to profile as more than a short-side platoon bat (.264/.359/.592 against LHP). Peters is a good athlete for his size (6-foot-6, 225 pounds), but does not look to put his average speed to work on the bases. The Dodgers still have a fairly crowded outfield situation even after their offseason moves, so Peters will likely spend all of 2019 in the upper levels of the minors, regardless of how well he is performing.
It's rare that a toolsy hitter can lead his league in OPS, ISO and wRC+ and still be undervalued, but that might be the case with Peters. The Dodgers aggressively sent Peters from rookie ball to the California League, skipping Low-A completely, and he proceeded to be the most productive offensive player in the league. However, his 32.2 percent strikeout rate will still scare some dynasty-league owners away. Context is very important here. This was a player making a big leap in competition, who produced despite all those whiffs. He also walked 10.9 percent of the time and is coming up in an era where three-true-outcomes hitters are more accepted than ever. Peters' huge raw power was on full display when he took a rehabbing Madison Bumgarner deep twice in the same game. He is a good athlete, but has not looked to run much in the minors. There are reasons to be concerned about his batting average against advanced pitching, but it's also possible he improves across the board with a more typical promotion schedule going forward.
Peters, a juco product, is a rare tooled-up outfielder who did not come from the high school ranks and did not come off the board on day one of the draft. This appears to have been a brilliant scouting find, as the Dodgers signed him for an under-slot $247,500 deal after selecting him with the 131st pick. He went on to show plus power and plus speed while leading the Pioneer League in OPS (1.052), total bases (161) and runs (63) in 302 plate appearances. A 6-foot-5, 210-pound outfielder, Peters draws physical comps to Jayson Werth, and his production could also mirror what Werth did with the Phillies, notching a couple 20/20 seasons while hitting in the .250-.275 range. After posting a .432 BABIP in his first taste of pro ball, it will be interesting to see what kind of batting averages Peters posts when his luck normalizes against full-season pitching. Based on the tools and early success, Peters should be treated like a top-25 prospect from the 2016 draft class.
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Four homers in two games
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
July 20, 2019
Peters went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday in an 11-3 win over San Antonio.
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Earns promotion
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
June 27, 2019
Peters was promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday.
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Homers in Double-A
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
June 6, 2019
Peters went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer for Double-A Tulsa on Wednesday.
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Showcasing shorter swing
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
February 24, 2019
Peters has shortened his swing over the offseason, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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Invited to major-league camp
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
February 8, 2019
Peters was invited to big-league camp by the Dodgers on Friday, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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