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Jace Peterson

#12 | 2B
New York Yankees New York Yankees
Jace Peterson
Name: Jace Ryan Peterson
Born: May 9, 1990 in Moss Bluff, La. USA
High School: Hamilton Christian Academy, Lake Charles, La.
Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 215 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
Drafted in the 2nd round (58th overall) by the San Diego Padres in 2011 (signed for $624,600)
Peterson is one of the top two-sport athletes in the draft. A 6-foot-1, 200 pounder, he's a cornerback for McNeese State's football team and had an interception during the 2009 season. He has been more of a factor as the Cowboys' shortstop, leading the Southland Conference in runs in 2010 as an all-conference choice and ranking among the nation's leaders again in 2011. Peterson's profile and athleticism should push him into the first three rounds, as he's a physical, speedy lefthanded hitter with present strength, well above-average speed and a polished approach for a two-sport athlete. He has rough edges to polish in his fielding actions and swing, yet he has more walks than strikeouts as a collegian and has a flat, short, low-maintenance swing. He has the arm strength for shortstop and room to improve there if he can learn to get more extension out front, which would give his throws more carry. Scouts are more comfortable slotting him at second base, and some see him as a utility type. He makes plenty of contact, sacrificing power and limiting his impact potential a bit offensively.
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