Marlins left-hander Dillon Peters was hit by a comebacker Monday night and has a fractured thumb as a result, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.
Tough news. LHP Dillon Peters has a fractured left thumb, result of comebacker last night. @JaxShrimp @Marlins @MLBPipeline— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) April 18, 2017
Peters, 24, was Miami’s 10th round pick in the 2014 Amateur Draft. Since posting an ERA in the high-fours in 2014 at low-A, he has emerged as one of the Marlins’ more consistent pitching prospects.
Over 12.0 innings with Double-A this season, Peters pitched to a 2.25 ERA and 1.45 FIP. He also thrived with Double-A in 2015, posting a 1.99 ERA and 3.58 FIP over 22.2 innings.
The injury shouldn’t have a significant immediate impact on the Marlins’ staff, because left-hander Justin Nicolino might be among the candidates to start should Miami seek a spot starter. Newly recalled Jarlin Garcia likely would also be an option.
While it’s unclear whether Peters will be out for a significant amount of time, injuries to pitching prospects are alarming. If Peters produces the way he did before going down for the remainder of the season, he could receive a major league opportunity in the coming months.