Dodgers Prospect Watch: DJ Peters Conducting Slugging Clinic in Cal League

(Mandatory Photo Credit: Steve Saenz)

While lefty Alex Wood was busy providing the Dodgers with yet another stellar starting pitching performance at the big league level on Wednesday evening, outfield prospect DJ Peters continued his recent domination with the lumber in the California League.

Peters cranked another two long balls for High-A Rancho Cucamonga in the middle game of a mid-week series against San Jose and a rehabbing Madison Bumgarner. Peters now has nine hits over the past four days, including five scintillating home runs and nine RBI. With the effort, he raised his batting average to a season-high .280, and his 18 long balls, .556 slugging percentage and .942 OPS are now far and away tops in all of the Cal League.

The Quakes would eventually go on to pummel the Giants 14-1, as 21-year-old lefty Caleb Ferguson tossed a solid six innings for Rancho en route to his fifth victory of the season. Ibandel Isabel and Drew Jackson also added home runs for the Quakes.

Bumgarner made his first rehab start after injuring his shoulder in a dirt bike accident back in April, and was likely instructed to focus on one particular pitch type, thus allowing the offensive explosion by Rancho. Regardless, he still allowed nine hits and nine earned runs over an even four innings of work.

Peters is currently slashing an impressive .280/.386/.556 with 17 doubles, five triples, 52 runs scored and three stolen bases in 79 games for the Quakes, and has already captured Cal League Player of the Week honors on two separate occasions. TBPC put together an in-depth profile surrounding the Glendora native last winter.

Wood became the first Dodgers starter to reach 10-0 since Don Newcombe in 1955, when the Brooklyn Dodgers won the first of the franchise’s six World Series championships. He threw an even seven innings, and surrendered only two walks and three hits while striking out 10 opposing batters in the Dodgers’ 1-0 victory.

“I don’t know how often you get two teams that are 50-plus wins before the All-Star break playing against each other, especially in the same division,” Wood said. “It felt a little bit bigger tonight. Tensions were a little bit higher, especially in a 1-0 ballgame.”

Hard-throwing righty Pedro Baez shut down the Diamondbacks in the eighth frame, while All-World reliever Kenley Jansen survived the ninth to register his 20th save of the season.

The only run of the contest came in the second inning when Yasmani Grandal‘s RBI double to deep center scored utility man Chris Taylor from first base.

In the series finale on Thursday night, left-hander Robbie Ray will square-off against veteran southpaw Rich Hill in a 7:10 p.m. local time start.

In the High-A matchup, 21-year-old righty Dennis Santana will take the bump for the Quakes in San Jose, facing Jake McCasland of the Giants. First pitch is slated for 7:00 p.m. local time.



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