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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: A cap and glove of a New York Mets player sits on the step of the dugout during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on April 3, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: A cap and glove of a New York Mets player sits on the step of the dugout during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on April 3, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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JUPITER, FL – MARCH 05: David Peterson #77 of the New York Mets pitches during a Grapefruit League spring training game against the St Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium on March 5, 2020 in Jupiter, Florida. The game ended in a 7-7 tie. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

David Peterson

For those unfamiliar with David Peterson, allow me to give you the rundown. Standing in a 6′ ft 6″ In at 240 lbs, Peterson was drafted by the Mets out of the University of Oregon 20th overall in the 1st round of the 2017 MLB Draft.

A left-handed starting pitcher, Peterson is regarded as one of the Mets top prospects and going into spring training this season, there was a buzz about him potentially making the jump to the major leagues this season.

Peterson’s fastball sits in the low-mid 90s, but is regarded by scouts as having excellent control over his off-speed pitches, particularly, in his curveball and slider. He has shown an excellent ability to strike players out with them, as he recorded 122 Ks over 116.0 innings with Double-A Binghamton last season.

Admittedly, while Peterson does have a world of potential, he still may not be major league ready, as the highest professional level he played at was Double-A last season, and he ERA was a 4.19 in 24 starts.

Despite this, he did perform well in spring training earlier this year, recording a 1.50 ERA over 6 innings, and if the Mets are in a pinch and need another starter, taking a gamble on Peterson could be well worth it.

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