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San Diego, CA- San Diego Padres Top Shortstop Prospect Jace Peterson has been called up to Padres, after 3rd baseman Chase Headley has been placed on the disabled list with a strained right calf he suffered in the second inning of last nights game.
This isn’t the first time Peterson has been turned to replace Headley, as he was the team’s primary third baseman for the first half of spring training when Headley was out with a strained left calf.
The Padres drafted Jace Peterson out of McNeese State University in the first round of the 2011 MLB draft.
Peterson, 23, is currently batting .311 with three doubles, a home run, and four steals in 18 games in Double A with the San Antonio Missions. Last season Peterson had the best season of his career with the Lake Elsinore Storm, batting .303 with 7 home runs, 66 RBI’s, 17 doubles, 13 triples and his 42 steals.
Personally I’ve been looking forward to Jace Peterson being called up to the Padres for a while now, as he’s been nothing but impressive in the minor leagues since the Padres drafted him in 2011.
If one word describes Jace Peterson it is simply an athlete, but Peterson is not just another athletic prospect like Reymond Fuentes and Rico Noel. Peterson is projected to be a top of the order hitter who will hit for a high average with decent power, above average speed and is solid defender at shortstop. Don’t just take my word for hit, Peterson has been highly regarded my most scouts including Baseball America. In their review of the 2014 San Diego Padres Top 10 Prospects they named Jace Peterson the Padres 7th best prospect and the Best Hitter for Average, Best Strike-Zone Discipline, Best Athlete, Best Defensive Infielder.