David Peterson is a left-handed pitcher who was the Mets first round pick, No. 20 overall in the 2017 MLB Draft out of the University of Oregon.
In 2019, Peterson spent the entire season with Double-A Binghamton, where he went 3-6 with a 4.19 ERA in 116 innings pitched. He is the most advanced starting pitching prospect remaining in the system, and it's a very good possibility you see him starting some games for the Mets sometime in 2020.
I spent a few minutes with Peterson when I visited Binghamton, where we talked about where he started to where he is now.
On his initial love for baseball
"I was born in Southern California and started playing baseball at a very young age. I moved to Denver and played in high school and obviously wanted baseball to be in my future for a long time so I went to college and played at Oregon. I was fortunate to do all that and then get the opportunity to play for the Mets."
Why he chose to attend Oregon
"Besides all the obvious like the facilities and the backing of the school and the school itself, it just felt like the right place for me and the place I needed to be at that time. Growing up I wanted to play for Cal State Fullerton and coach George Horton was the coach there but he he went on to coach at Oregon, so I got to play for him which was a tremendous honor and I just had that gut feeling that was the place I wanted to spend my college years at."
On his MLB Draft process
"It was an exciting time for me. There was a good amount of talk the couple days leading up to that draft about what was going to happen, who was interested, kind of all that pre-draft talk. If you had asked me if I thought the Mets were going to be the team that ended up picking me, I would have said no because I didn't really talk to them much and they didn't show a tremendous amount of interest. I filled out their questionnaire and met with their area scout but I wasn't getting much communication from them. Then as we started getting closer to the 20th pick we started hearing from them and things started getting serious and then they decided to take me and I was so thankful."
On his experience with Brooklyn
"Brooklyn was a great experience for me. You get a feel for the city and it was the first time I spent a considerable amount of time in New York City, so I got used to using the subway and just getting around and all the stuff the city has to offer. I think it's a great thing that it's there and that it's your first taste of the city and pro ball and finding your way around seeing what life will be like when you one day make the big leagues."
On his 2019 in Double-A
"I thought it was an interesting year for sure. Overall, I think it was a good year for me, I think there was a lot of times where I was challenged this year and there was a lot of learning this year. Going from Low-A and High-A last year to being in Double-A this year, just trying to keep moving up the ladder but I think the biggest thing was just learning. The higher you go, the more refined your skills need to be and I think I did a good job of that this year, just kind of polishing up things and learning more about myself as a pitcher and as a person. I think it was a very beneficial season for me."
Scouting Report on himself
"I am going to go out there every time I get the ball and my number one goal is to give the team the most quality start that I can. I have a job to do when I am out there and that is to keep us in the game. I am one of the most competitive people you are going to find, I am going to get after it every time I am on the mound. I command the zone well, I am not the type that is going to blow you away with the fastball, I don't throw mid to high 90s but I am going to put the ball where I want it and use my off-speed to complement my two- and four-seam fastballs. My goal is to get a lot of groundballs and try to strike some guys out."