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Mets sign first-round draft pick David Peterson

The lefty was signed for exactly slot value.

David Peterson

The Mets have come to terms with 2017 first-round draft pick David Peterson, signing him for the recommended slot value of $2,994,500. With the signing, the Mets have signed all of their first ten draft picks, 17 of their first 20 picks, and 32 of the 40 players drafted.

Peterson, 21, pitched for the University of Oregon and posted a 2.51 ERA in 15 starts over the course of the 2017 season. In those 100.1 innings, he allowed 88 hits, walked 15, and struck out 140. He does not have overpowering stuff, but his fastball is generally considered average to above average for a southpaw, sitting 89-94 with arm-side run and sink.

He complements the pitch with a slider, a changeup, and a curveball. His slider and his changeup both flash plus at times and have both been described as his best pitch, while his curveball is still in development and is not much more than a ‘get-me-over’ pitch at the present. The key to Peterson’s success with the Ducks has been his control, which is very advanced for a collegiate player. A more in-depth profile of Peterson can be read here.

Having logged just over 100 innings this season, it is unlikely that Peterson pitches much over the course of the rest of the summer.