David Peterson
24-Year-Old PitcherRP
New York Mets AA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Other than a truly elite groundball rate (over 62% as a pro) and a frame (6-foot-6, 240 pounds) that should allow him to chew up innings, there is not a ton to get excited about with Peterson at first glance. The big lefty commands a four-pitch mix, with his heavy, low-90s fastball and above-average slider grading out as his two best offerings. A knee injury cost him a few weeks early in the year, but he still amassed 128 frames. Over his final five starts, he gave up two runs, allowed 21 baserunners and struck out 32 over 29 innings. His groundball rate was also a ridiculous 71% over that stretch. That success in a small sample might mean nothing. After all, he was a 22-year-old southpaw with command and pitchability facing High-A hitters at the end of a long season. However, if he somehow maintains that late-season strikeout rate at Double-A, it would warrant quick action in dynasty leagues, as his ability to generate weak contact is already outstanding. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed with Mets for $2,994,500 in July 2017
Solid start at Double-A
PNew York Mets  AA
April 29, 2019
Peterson has posted a 3.77 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 15:7 K:BB through 14.1 innings over three starts for Double-A Binghamton.
The 23-year-old southpaw has uncharacteristically fought his control a little, but he's once again been tough to take deep -- Peterson's served up only one homer, just the third he's given up in his pro career. An improved strikeout rate will be the key to his future success. If he continues fanning better than a batter an inning, he could have mid-rotation upside in the majors.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
A big 6-foot-6 southpaw, Peterson has the potential to have three above-average pitches and and above-average command down the road, hinting at a future role as a No. 4 starter. His low-90s fastball isn't much of a bat-misser, but he should excel at generating groundballs. His slider and changeup both have the potential generate whiffs, and while neither is a plus pitch right now, both have a chance to get there. The key for Peterson will be carrying over the excellent control he showed in his junior season at Oregon, where he posted a 1.4 BB/9. Surgery to remove an ingrown toenail limited him to just three starts for a total of just 3.2 innings in his pro debut. He is advanced enough to head to Low-A or High-A this season. If he were to experience a slight uptick in velocity, Peterson's secondaries and command profile could allow him to project as No. 2 or No. 3 starter, but for now his upside appears capped.
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Receives invite to spring training
PNew York Mets  AA
January 17, 2019
Peterson was invited to the Mets' big-league camp Thursday.
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Finding footing in FSL
PNew York Mets  AA
August 18, 2018
Peterson (4-6) picked up the win for High-A St. Lucie in Friday's victory over Dunedin, allowing two hits and three walks over five scoreless innings while striking out five.
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Promoted to High-A
PNew York Mets  AA
June 11, 2018
The Mets promoted Peterson to High-A St. Lucie on Sunday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
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Whiffs seven in Sunday's start
PNew York Mets  AA
May 21, 2018
Peterson gave up two runs (one earned) and struck out seven over seven innings in his start Sunday for Low-A Columbia in its 2-1 loss to Charleston.
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Debuts in full-season ball
PNew York Mets  AA
April 19, 2018
Peterson (undisclosed) made his first start for Low-A Columbia on Wednesday, covering six innings and giving up one run on four hits and two walks. He struck out four batters in the outing.
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