This is the second installment of our 2012 Spring Training Notebook, which chronicles time spent on the backfields in Arizona watching Padres prospects. Check back for more notes and observations on top players and batting practice, game and bullpen videos still to come.
Jace Peterson – Peterson didn’t see too much action in games while I was in Arizona. During batting practice he showed a much quieter swing than he had featured as an amateur – a testament to Padres coaches and Peterson’s own work ethic – and had a definite athleticism to his game.
At this point the best thing for him is to get as many at bats as possible. As has been noted before, Peterson is focusing fully on baseball for the first time in his life. His game is raw on both sides, but the ceiling is there. The 4.2 he ran to first on a double play was a bit lackluster, but Peterson will normally sit in the 4.0-4.1 range hitting left handed, which is above average.
I’ve heard from more than a few people in the industry who aren’t completely sold on Peterson’s baseball future, but the tools are there for him to fight his way into the Padres’ future. Continue reading “2012 Spring Training Notes: Peterson, Jones, Stokes, Liriano, Decker, Spangenberg” »