Mets Pitcher David Peterson Proves He Belongs in MLB Debut Win Over Boston

Stoic, Mr. Cool were the best ways to describe New York Mets pitcher David Peterson, as he tossed 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball, allowing seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts in his MLB debut, an 8-3 victory against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday night at Fenway Park. 

“That’s his first outing,” Rojas said on “He handled himself like it was one of many outings he’s had at the Major League level.”

Proving his mettle, Peterson worked his way out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the third inning. The lefty whiffed the wicked J.D. Martinez, a hitter who owns the league’s highest OPS against left-handed pitchers over the past five seasons, and got the next batter to hit into an inning-ending double play to squelch the threat.  

A product of New York’s farm ystem, and Baseball America ranked the former Oregon Duck as the Mets’ 10th-best prospect heading into the season.

He is the ninth former-Fireflies player to make his Major League debut. 

The lefty spent part of the 2018 season with the Fireflies, starting nine games and recording a 1.59 ERA across 59.1 innings. The Mets’ 2017 first-round selection limited opponents to a .214 batting average and held a WHIP of 0.96 while in the South Atlantic League. 

Peterson is the third former Firefly to debut in the majors this season, joining Andres Gimenez and Blake Taylor, who both made their debuts Friday. 

— Jerry Del Priore 

Photo Credit to Columbia Fireflies Staff.

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