Miami Marlins pitching prospect and New Orleans Babycakes starter Dillon Peters tied a team record with 12 strikeouts in a 2-0 win on Wednesday night.
Miami Marlins pitching prospect Dillon Peters made his case to become part of the parent club’s pitching staff next season by striking out 12 batters as the New Orleans Baby Cakes beat the Nashville Sounds 2-0 on Wednesday night.
"Per the New Orleans Baby Cakes public relations department, “Peters became the sixth pitcher in team history to notch a dozen strikeouts in a game, joining Scott Elarton, John Halama, Tim Redding, Brandon Knight and Wade LeBlanc. The left-hander fanned two in five different innings, including each of the last two batters he faced, easily surpassing his previous career high of eight punchouts set with Jupiter in 2016.”"
Peters figures to be one of the minor league prospects called up when the Marlins expand their roster on Saturday. He already has experience in Miami’s rotation as he was part of the original starting five who opened the season in South Florida.
This was the fourth win in a row for Peters, who scattered five hits over eight innings for the victory.
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Just like the potential issue with too many outfield prospects, Peters is part of a core of young pitchers who could be fighting for two or three spots on the pitching staff.
Once thought to be one of the top minor league prospects in the Marlins organization, he does not crack to top 30 players ranked by MLB Pipeline after the moves the organization has made this year.
Where Peters fits is anyone’s guess right now. Manager Don Mattingly figures to use him in the rotation, but could also use the 5-foot-9 flamethrower out of the bullpen as a set-up man.
Peters was part of the wave of minor leaguers who were called up to the Major Leagues last season and made his debut against the Philadelphia Phillies.
While his fastball is lively and his most dominant pitch, there was some concern with consistency early in the season which is the reason for his demotion.
Peters opened the season in Double-A Jacksonville as the team’s No. 1 starter. He broke his thumb on a comebacker on April 17, 2017, that forced him to miss several months. The 25-year-old was drafted in the 10th round of the 2014 MLB Draft, the same draft that produced third baseman/outfielder, Brian Anderson.