This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.
This is my last in a series of articles on 2020 rookie performances.
I will include both pitchers and hitters in this article. I will try to catch up on other rookie performances in coming weeks and months.
David Peterson, LHP, Mets
Lefty David Peterson had an outstanding short season for the Mets. He finished 6-2.
Big and strong at 6-foot-6, 240, Peterson does a remarkable job of repeating his delivery.
That's a huge challenge for a guy as big as Peterson. They have to manage proper arm slot and landing with long arms and legs. He does it well.
For a man of his size, Peterson does not throw a lights-out, high-velocity fastball. Rather, he sits at 92 mph with both his four-seam and two-seamers. He also throws a very solid slider, a changeup and a curve. The fastball/slider combination is his bread and butter. It is his curveball that he only flirts with and doesn't rely upon. He has to throw more strikes.
Peterson is steady, but there really isn't a pitch he can turn to that ends an at-bat. He can mix and match with a fastball or slider, but hitters will make contact off Peterson.
Next Year: Peterson walks an average of 4.3 hitters per nine and strikes out only 7.2. Those ratios aren't great. I like him, but he's a mid-rotation starter that will have to improve his command and control. I