Dodgers prospect DJ Peters is coming off a tremendous season playing for High-A Rancho Cucamonga. The 6’6″ outfielder slashed .276/.372/.514 with 27 home runs and 29 doubles.
He gained plenty of fame from Dodger fans in July when he homered twice off Madison Bumgarner, who was on a rehab assignment.
DJ Peters grew up in Glendora, California so playing for the Dodgers is a dream come true. The Dodgers drafted Peters in the 4th round of the 2016 amateur draft. Peters has shown big time power since being drafted, hitting 40 home runs in 198 games.
On Monday, Peters sat down with David Vassegh of Am570 to talk about his season and growing up a Dodger fan.
When I was 6-years old, my grandfather took me to my first Dodger game. Watched Shawn Green play, and watched Eric Gagne and all those guys play. Absolutely fell in love with the game of baseball. My dad signed me up for little league when I was 7-years old for the following season. I kinda just fell in love with the game right then and there and knew this is what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. God blessed me with that ability so I’m just trying to kind of run away with it.
Peters was also asked about playing in Rancho Cucamonga this past season.
I grew up 20 minutes from there, grew up going to Quakes games and actually played there in High School a few times. I absolutely love it there, and was lucky enough to play for the Quakes. You know the team that I grew up going to watch when I was 10-years old.
When Vassegh asked about the plan for him going into 2018, Peters gave a brief idea of where he’d be playing.
The only thing I know is that I’ll be going to Tulsa next year. Haven’t really been told anything about big league camp or minor league camp. To be honest with you, whether I go to big league camp or back to minor league camp I’m just gonna enjoy it. I’m just gonna get better, keep on learning, keep on improving my game. Kinda just better myself as a person and as a baseball player.
You can listen to the full interview from Peters here. In 2018, Peters will continue to work towards his dream of making it to the Dodgers. He has all of the tools needed to make it, now he just needs to continue grow as a player. We can’t wait to see DJ playing for the Dodgers one day!
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