Name: Jace Peterson | Position: Shortstop | Video: No
Organization: San Diego Padres | Current Team: Lake Elsinore (High-A)
DOB: May 9, 1990 | Age: 23
Height: 6’0″ | Weight: 205
Draft: Round 1, No. 58, 2011| Bonus: $624,600 (via Baseball America)
Games Seen: 5+ | Date(s): 7/23 – 7/27 (and a few more)
Next Year: Double-A | ML Arrival: 2014
Top Class: ML | Risk: Moderate
Physical/Health: Smaller in height, but an athletic body and a very good all-around athlete. Good shortstop body in the “not-built-nor-lanky” category. Hard to project him getting any bigger, but not necessarily a bad thing in this player’s case.
Hit: Good approach at the plate with very little swing and miss. Very good hand-eye coordination gives player excellent bat-to-ball ability. Straight, linear swing conducive for line drive and hard contact. Tracks pitches well. Potential to develop into a solid average hitter for average with some gap power (via liners) while being able to draw walks.
Power: Not part of his game. Player isn’t concerned with lifting or turning on balls, and swing doesn’t help, but only putting the bat onto the ball in search of hard contact. Don’t believe he’ll be able to develop further physically and would be surprised if he hits more than a few home runs in the big leagues. In batting practice, player can drive the ball and has some raw power, but in-game utility isn’t there. 30 present/future raw power
Run: Good second gear provides ability for triples and taking the extra bag, which will be needed due to lack of home runs player will provide. Speed combined with athleticism and instincts gives player big stolen base potential. 55 present/future run.
Arm: Average shortstop arm that plays on the left side of the infield. Could play up with improved fluidity defensively. 50 present/future.
Fielding: Good body control and athleticism gives player the ability to play shortstop at the big league level. However, needs to improve fluidity. Player can get to balls in either direction, but doesn’t have the consistent ability to make the throws whether it’s slight hesitation or trouble to get the ball out of the glove. 40 present/55 future fielding grade.
Other: No makeup concerns. Doesn’t give up at-bats; mature on the field; feels like he’s in a leadership role among players during batting practice/in-games. As you can see, there’s no standout tool, but it’s the complete package while playing a premium position.
Overall: If player can improve enough defensively, he can stick as a shortstop in an everyday role. Otherwise, it’s a utility role. Even though player is a bit older for the league than you’d like, it’s only his second full year focusing solely on baseball. It’s hard to bet on someone with this kind of athleticism as well, since you’d figure it be this type of player that can maximize his potential.