I hope everyone had a great New Years. Spring training is getting closer and closer. This certainly won’t be headline news but the Dodgers have signed outfielder Shane Peterson to a minor league deal and an extended invite to major league spring training camp. The 30-year old Fallbrook native has not appeared in the majors since a 2017 stint with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Peterson spent the entire 2018 season in the Pacific Coast League playing in El Paso, where he slashed .286/.343/.451 with 11 home runs and 74 runs batted in over 467 plate appearances. Peterson has slugged 90 minor league home runs, and has an .808 OPS during his minor league career.
— Andersen Pickard (@AndersenPickard) December 31, 2018
Peterson was originally drafted by the Cardinals and is best known for being one of the minor leaguers involved in the Matt Holliday trade. However his MLB career never materialized. He batted .259 with 2 home runs and was 52 for 201 with the Brewers in 2015 before his 30 game stint with the Rays in 2017. Peterson ended up lacing up his spikes for 93 games with Milwaukee in 2015.
Peterson has played all three outfield positions with left field being his most utilized position. He’s also appeared in four MLB games as a first baseman. I’m assuming he starts the year in Oklahoma City, but we’ll get to see some of him in spring training on the major league side.