Dustin Peterson

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Dustin Peterson
Free agent
Born: (1994-09-10) September 10, 1994 (age 25)
Phoenix, Arizona
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 28, 2018, for the Atlanta Braves
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Batting average.217
Home runs0
Runs batted in6

Dustin Allen Peterson (born September 10, 1994) is an American professional baseball outfielder who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Atlanta Braves and Detroit Tigers.


Peterson attended Gilbert High School in Gilbert, Arizona.[1] He played for the school's baseball team as a shortstop.[2] As a senior, Peterson had a .540 batting average and hit 10 home runs with 39 runs batted in (RBIs).[1][2][3] Peterson committed to attend Arizona State University on a college baseball scholarship to play for the Arizona State Sun Devils.[4]

San Diego Padres[edit]

Baseball America ranked Peterson as the 44th best available prospect in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft.[5] The San Diego Padres selected Peterson in the second round, with the 50th overall selection, of the draft.[1] Peterson signed with the Padres, rather than attend college.[1][2] The Padres converted Peterson into a third baseman.[6] He made his professional debut with the Arizona Padres of the Rookie-level Arizona League after he signed,[7] and he batted .293 in 38 games.[6] In 2014, Peterson played for the Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Class A Midwest League,[6] where he batted .233 with ten home runs and 79 RBIs.

Atlanta Braves[edit]

On December 19, 2014, the Padres traded Peterson, Max Fried, Jace Peterson, and Mallex Smith to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Justin Upton and Aaron Northcraft.[8] Following the trade, Peterson began to see playing time in the outfield.[9] Peterson spent 2015 with the Carolina Mudcats of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League, where he posted a .251 batting average with 8 home runs and 62 RBIs. In 2016, Peterson played for the Mississippi Braves of the Class AA Southern League, where he batted .282 with 12 home runs and 88 RBIs.[10] After the 2016 season, the Braves assigned Peterson to the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League.[11] In 2017, Peterson played for the Gwinnett Braves of the Class AAA International League,[12] where he batted .248 with one home run and 30 RBIs in 87 games.[13]

On May 28, 2018, Peterson’s contract was selected by the Braves to replace Ronald Acuña Jr. while on the disabled list.[14] The Braves designated Peterson for assignment on September 2, to promote Preston Tucker.[15]

Detroit Tigers[edit]

On September 6, 2018, the Detroit Tigers claimed Peterson off of waivers.[16] He hit .227 in the final month of the season for the team. Peterson was outrighted off the Tigers roster on October 23, 2019.[17] He became a minor league free agent on November 7, 2019.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Peterson's older brother, D. J., is also a professional baseball player.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d "Gilbert High's Peterson brothers selected early in MLB draft". azcentral.com. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "First look: Padres 2013 Draft pick Dustin Peterson". San Diego Padres. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  3. ^ "Gilbert High's Peterson brothers could both be first-round MLB draft picks - Varsity Xtra". Archived from the original on December 19, 2014. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  4. ^ "azcentral.com staff blogs - Jeff Metcalfe - jeffmetcalfe - ASU baseball signs class of seven including five from Arizona". Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  5. ^ "Peterson brothers on track to be high MLB draft picks - Varsity Xtra". Archived from the original on December 19, 2014. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d "TinCaps 3B Peterson has natural support system in older brother". Archived from the original on December 19, 2014. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  7. ^ "Former Gilbert star Dustin Peterson adjusting well to minors". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  8. ^ Brock, Corey (December 19, 2014). "Hits keep coming: Padres acquire slugger J. Upton". MLB.com. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  9. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (October 31, 2016). "Braves in AFL: Demeritte, Peterson transition to new positions". MLB.com. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  10. ^ "Dustin Peterson Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  11. ^ "The other Peterson from Padres is rising Braves prospect". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  12. ^ "Braves prospect Dustin Peterson bumps batting average over .300". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  13. ^ "Dustin Peterson Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  14. ^ O'Brien, David (May 29, 2018). "Peterson got call and made a late, late debut". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  15. ^ https://www.talkingchop.com/2018/9/2/17813248/atlanta-braves-designate-dustin-peterson-for-assignment-preston-tucker
  16. ^ Bowman, Mark (September 6, 2018). "Toussaint to face D-backs, who drafted him in '14". MLB.com. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  17. ^ Dylan A. Chase (October 24, 2019). "Quick Hits: Mets, Tigers, Kieboom, Bettis". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  18. ^ Woodbery, Evan (November 7, 2019). "Tigers' minor-league free agents include 5 who played in Detroit in 2019". mlive. Retrieved November 8, 2019.

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