D.J. Peterson’s numbers at Double-A Jackson wouldn’t seem to warrant a promotion.
But despite his spring training and early-season struggles, the Seattle Mariners’ 2013 first-round pick out of the University of New Mexico will join the Tacoma Rainiers in El Paso tonight and could make his Triple-A debut.
Peterson hit .223 with seven home runs and 44 RBIs in 93 games with Double-A Jackson this season after hitting .152 in 16 spring training games. He was The News Tribune’s No. 2 ranked prospect entering the season behind outfielder and 2014 first-round pick Alex Jackson.
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Peterson had been better since the Southern League all-star break, hitting .259 with three homers in 29 games.
Peterson has played first base, third and designated hitter with Jackson.
Zach Shank was transferred to Double-A Jackson to create room for Peterson on the Rainiers.