The Los Angeles Dodgers were handicapped by injuries for most of the 2021 season, which resulted in several prospects making their MLB debut. The group included DJ Peters, who was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 MLB draft.
A native of Glendora, Calif., Was drafted from Triple-A Oklahoma City on April 23 and grounded later that night in his first career with the bat against the San Diego Padres.
Peters appeared in two more games and remained unmatched in five at-bats before being elected to the organization’s alternate training venue to make way for Victor Gonzalez.
Peters returned to the Dodgers for a day in early May but was not given any playing time. He was sent back to Oklahoma City and didn’t return to the majors until the end of the month.
Peters had more success in his third stint with the Dodgers, but continued to suffer from high strikeout numbers. In a total of 18 games he scored only .192 / .382 / .385 with two doubles, one home run and four RBI.
The Dodgers designated Peters as an appropriate move in late July to add Danny Duffy to their 40-man roster after he was acquired in a deal with the Kansas City Royals.
The 26-year-old’s time with the Dodgers officially came to an end when he was drawn into waivers by the Texas Rangers. The move proved beneficial as Peters became the club’s daily midfielder before seeing regular time in the corner outfields.
Peters’ offensive fights carried over to his new team, however, when he beat .198 / .218 / .426 with seven doubles, 12 home runs and 34 RBI in 52 games.
Peters’ highlight 2021
Peters’ best performance of the 2021 season came as a member of the Rangers on September 5, when he won 4-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI in a 7-3 win over the LA Angels.
Outlook for 2022
The Rangers struck Peters from their 40-man roster at the end of the 2021 season and eventually granted him his release to pursue a career abroad.
Peters signed a one-year deal with the Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization League (KBO) where he will seek to rebuild his value and possibly make the jump back to the majors in 2023.
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