It was just a matter of time before the New York Mets would call up starting pitcher David Peterson after injuries to Marcus Stroman and Noah Syndergaard thinned their starting rotation.
And tonight the Mets’ No. 10 prospect will make his MLB debut against the Boston Red Sox at Fen Way Park.
Boston selected Peterson out of high school in the 28th round of the 2014 MLB Draft, but he decided to attend the University of Oregon instead.
New York eventually took him with the 20th overall pick in 2017.
Peterson struggled for the first three months of last year with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies but finished strong with a 3-6 record and a 4.19 ERA in 116 innings of work in 24 games.
Furthermore, the southpaw pitched well in the hitter-friendly Arizona Fall League, as well as Spring Training and Summer Camp with the Mets.
He made New York’s 60-man player pool at the start of Summer Camp and joined the Mets’ taxi squad after training at their alternate facility in Coney Island, Brooklyn.
“This kid, just great demeanor,” manager Luis Rojas said on Mets.com. “He presents as that guy that wants to compete, that wants to get you out. He’s always searching. He’s always asking questions. I like his pitchability as far as repertoire, and also controlling the running game, fielding his position. There’s just a good package there.”
Peterson made his pro debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones (short-season, Single-A ball), posting a 2.45 ERA in 3 2/3 frames in three contests in the ’17 campaign.
— Jerry Del Priore