Peterson is regarded as the team's best prospect hitter, but the front office isn't looking to put him in any upcoming deals. The Mariners have been speculated as a possible contender for
Peterson is hitting .319/.373/.594 over two levels in the minors.
The 2013 first-round pick (12th overall) knows he's going to face questions about his confidence after the unfortunate incident, but Peterson doesn't seem too concerned about stepping back into the batter's box.
"There's nothing you can really do. It's kinda out of your hands," Peterson said. "It was a freak accident that doesn't happen too often. How many times do guys get hit in the head? Not very often. It's something that hopefully doesn't happen again. I'm sure it won't happen again. I'm ready to be back on the field. I'm ready for spring training. I'm ready to show this team what I can do."
The Mariners also appear confident Peterson will bounce back.
"He's been working out in Arizona and looks good," Mariners minor-league coordinator Chris Gwynn said. "He had a great year that was cut short by the fastball to the jaw. It wasn't pretty, but before that, he put up some pretty good numbers. He's a really aggressive hitter, and he'll want to step back in there immediately. I'm anxious to see how he reacts as well."
Peterson's season is likely over with this injury. The No. 12 overall pick in the 2013 draft was hitting .312 with Class A Clinton, with a .922 OPS in 99 at-bats prior to the injury. He should be fine for the start of spring training next season.
Peterson also had six doubles, six home runs, 20 runs and 27 RBI, while having nearly as many walks (13) as strikeouts (18).
Peterson had his first two-homer game July 6 and has managed three or more hits four times, including a career-high four hits July 4. Peterson has five home runs, six doubles, 14 runs and 25 RBI. He has struck out 15 times and walked nine times.
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