New York Mets: Three David Peterson predictions for 2020
A pair of 10-15 strikeout games
Peterson was lauded in college for his command of the strike zone, and it was a 20 strikeout game against Arizona State against a lineup that included 2019 San Francisco Giants’ first-round pick Hunter Bishop that cemented his status as a first-round talent. While Peterson isn’t likely to replicate his 20 strikeout game in AAA, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that Peterson could twirl a ten or more strikeout performance.
Peterson has two ten strikeout performances in his professional career, the first against the Augusta Greenjackets in 2018 and the second against the Harford Yard goats in his final start in 2019. Peterson could make it a third consecutive season with a ten plus strikeout game against an even keel International League opponent.
Peterson’s low to mid 90’s velocity and an assortment of above-average to solid secondary pitches almost guarantees that he’ll spend the 2020 season racking up high strikeout totals, whether or not he can compile a double-digit performance or two is entirely dependent on how dominant his stuff can be.
As previously mentioned, Peterson playing in the more neutral International League as opposed to the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League increases his chances of composing a double-digit strikeout masterpiece.
While he may not be able to replicate what he did against Arizona State, Mets fans can believe he is capable of punching out 15 batters, especially if his stuff is on target and a good framing catcher like Ali Sanchez or Tomas Nido is behind the plate.
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