Three things we learned about Dillon Peters after his debut
Just as impressive as his breaking ball was Peters’ ability to field his position.
There was a point in the game where Dillon Peters had a hand in four consecutive put-outs. He came off the mound well, and fired the ball to first base with speed and accuracy. Too often you see pitchers struggle to make a good throw to first base.
The fact that he had so many opportunities is worth noting as well. Peters was inducing bad contact from the Phillies bats all game. Even when Philadelphia was putting the bat on the ball, it wasn’t being hit well.
Peters broke his hand on a comebacker that caused him to miss a significant portion of the 2017 season. He appears intent on making sure that never happens again. He fielded several dribblers that were just beyond the reach of the catcher; plays that usually bleed into “no-mans land”.
Not with Peters on the mound.
His reaction time was impressive on hard hit balls as well, snaring several line-drives. If he wasn’t inducing a swing and a miss, chances are he was making a strong, accurate throw to first base.
If his debut is any indication, Peters is easily the best at fielding his position on the Marlins staff.