Outfielder DJ Peters is nearing settlement on a contract with the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Group, experiences Daniel Kim (Twitter link). Whereas Kim cautions the deal isn’t but accomplished, he relays that it’s “getting nearer.”
Peters was lately outrighted off the Rangers’ 40-man roster. He didn’t have the requisite service time to elect free company, however it’s not unusual for MLB groups to grant gamers their launch to pursue alternatives in a overseas skilled league. In these situations, the participant sometimes receives a greater wage within the overseas league than they’d make spending the 2022 marketing campaign in Triple-A — and even bouncing between the majors and the minors. To get to that time, Peters would have wanted to play his approach again onto Texas’ 40-man roster.
The 25-year-old (26 later this month) was lengthy a prospect of some regard within the Dodgers’ farm system. Scouts credited the right-handed hitting Peters with massive uncooked energy and sufficient athleticism to play heart discipline, however he struggled with strikeouts all through his minor league tenure and had main questions on his hit software.
That analysis largely performed out in the course of the 2021 marketing campaign, Peters’ first as a significant leaguer. He popped 13 dwelling runs in simply 240 plate appearances between Los Angeles and Texas, sporting a formidable .224 ISO (slugging minus batting common). But the previous fourth-round choose additionally fanned in 34.2% of his plate appearances en path to a .197 batting common. Paired with a tiny 5% stroll charge, Peters merely made too many outs to be constantly productive. Altogether, his .197/.242/.422 line was round 29 share factors under league common by measure of wRC+.
Assuming a deal is reached, Peters will spend the 2022 marketing campaign with the Busan-based Giants. It’s not out of the query the Southern California native may pursue one other alternative in the US down the road. Quite a few gamers have landed assured massive league offers after placing collectively robust seasons in each the KBO and Japan’s Nippon Skilled Baseball over the previous few years, and Peters is younger sufficient to be a fascinating free agent a 12 months or two from now if his efficiency deserves.