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Dodgers: DJ Peters Working at First Base in Hopes of Cracking the Roster

The first two games of Spring Training have been great opportunity for Dodgers fans to be reintroduced to young talent. After a 2020 season that saw the minor leagues disappear, big-name prospects have made their impact early.

One name that jumps out at you immediately is that of DJ Peters. And that’s not just because he is 6-foot-6 and a giant of a man. Peters has been on the radar of most Dodgers fans since they drafted him in the 4th round of the 2016 draft. His huge power potential and the fact that he is a right-handed bat had many wondering how quickly he could get to the big leagues. 

As it turns out, we’re still waiting on the answer to that. Peters has all of the makings of a big-league slugger but continues to be blocked at any outfield position every year. But this year, the 25-year-old outfielder is doing whatever he can to stand out to the Dodgers, including trying out a new position. 

Peters was spotted by am570’s David Vassegh last postseason taking reps at first base. Vassegh asked him about it today during Peters’ first media call of the Dodgers Spring Training. He revealed that he is working on taking reps there in order to add to his versatility. 

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The bad news for Peters is that first base is another position where there is almost too much talent. The combination of Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger, and Edwin Rios is already pretty thick without adding any of the fringe names. But the Dodgers love versatility, and they need a right-handed bat off of the bench.

Could that be the big bat of Peters?

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  1. Well, the oft-injured Pollock may not be for long, so Peters could end up there for most of this season…and beyond!

  2. Assuming Barnes, Lux, Taylor, and Rios, you’ve got a few guys competing for the last two spots. Normally I’d say Mckinstry and Beaty would be the favorites, but too many lefties give Neuse and Peters a legitimate chance. All others are long shots in my view. McKinstry and Beaty and even Rios seem to hit lefties just fine, so I wouldn’t be too concerned if they went with them, you are not going to pinch hit for Bellinger, Seager, or Muncy, so its really just the pitcher that needs to be covered, Lux is still unknown what to expect from him.

    1. That’s just a concern if we have an all lefty hitting bench. Vulnerability from late inning match ups without at least one RHB off the bench. Teams will often go with the % and bring in LHP to face guys like McKinstry, Beaty, Rios, Lux and results won’t often be as favorable as they would be when these guys mentioned were to face a RHP.

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