Jace Peterson's strikeout and walk rates have improved in each of his first three major league seasons. 100-plus words to go and we're running out of positive things to say about Peterson. He was an asset last year with his .350 OBP and has minor upside in stolen bases, but nothing else about his game adds value. He cannot hit lefties and slots toward the bottom of the lineup without much pop, so his opportunities to produce as well as his past production lack substance. Ideally, he is a reserve player on a team, but for now, he gets the strong side of the platoon, but even that should come to an end once Atlanta finds a better defensive option. Ozzie Albies could come up and take away the playing time at some point in 2017 once he is fully recovered from the elbow injury that ended his 2016 season. Peterson is nothing but a boring plate-appearance hog.
Peterson will compete with Chase d'Arnaud for the primary utility spot on the Braves' bench, Zak Kerr of MLB.com reports. For a rebuilding club, the Braves actually have a fairly set starting lineup following the acquisition of Brandon Phillips, so playing time could be tough to come by for the team's bench. Peterson's better offensive resume could make him manager Brian Snitker's preferred option when someone needs a rest, but the team also lacks any depth in the outfield -- starters Matt Kemp, Ender Inciarte and Nick Markakis are currently the only outfielders on the 40-man roster -- so if d'Arnaud or Peterson show they can handle center field on a semi-regular basis, they could see enough at-bats to become a viable option in deep NL-only leagues.
Peterson will begin the season on the Braves' bench following the acquisition of Brandon Phillips, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. He was already going to have to compete with Sean Rodriguez for playing time at second base, but after Rodriguez's shoulder injury led to the trade for Phillips, the depth chart at the keystone got shaken up. Peterson saw brief action last season in the outfield and one game at third base, but should transition into a utility role on a full-time basis in 2017.
Peterson is expected to begin the season as the Braves' starting second baseman. He didn't do much with his 350 at-bats last year, and with top prospect Ozzie Albies knocking on the door, Peterson's hold on the starting job at the keystone may only last until Albies clears the Super-2 deadline in May, which makes him a risky fantasy investment even as a late-round pick. Long-term, Peterson may have to transition to a utility role to keep his spot on the 25-man roster.
Peterson (ankle) is in the starting lineup Sunday against the Nationals, batting seventh and playing second base. Peterson missed the past two games due to an ankle injury, but it seems that his ankle is good enough to let the 26-year-old play the series finale. As long as his ankle stays healthy, he'll likely get plenty of innings at the keystone for the remainder of the season.
Peterson (ankle) remains out of the lineup Saturday against the Nationals. Peterson was scratched from Friday's lineup with a sprained ankle, and the ailment will keep him out of action for at least one more day. Gordon Beckham will get the nod at second base Saturday, as was the case Friday night.