Three things we learned about Dillon Peters after his debut
Dillon Peters has a breaking ball unlike anyone else on the staff.
The southpaw pitched fearlessly in his debut. He managed to keep hitters off balance by using his breaking ball regardless of what the count was. On several occasions he broke one into the zone to get ahead at the start of an at bat.
It was most devastating when he buried it for a strikeout.
Most of his strikeouts came thanks to effective use of the breaking ball. Expect opponents to make an adjustment moving forward, but Peters’ other pitches set up the bender well. He was able to run a fastball up into the mid-90’s at several points during the game.
His breaking ball was so effective, he rarely needed to go beyond a two-pitch mix. He possesses a plus changeup which he threw a few times as well. He might have to work that pitch in more during his next start.
Peters appeared every bit of a Major League Baseball pitcher in his debut. Perhaps most encouraging was that it appeared to have more bite as the game progressed. Peters still has a lot of room for growth, but he displayed top-of-the-rotation stuff in a major way in his debut.