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2017 Marlins Season Review: Dillon Peters

Peters faced a steep learning curve in September after being promoted straight from Double-A to The Show.

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2017 stats: 31.1 IP, 1-2, 5.17 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, 7.81 K/9, 0.1 WAR (via Baseball Reference)

Dillon James Peters was a September call-up and debuted one day after his 25th birthday on September first against the Philadelphia Phillies. The lefty put on an excellent showing striking out eight batters including Rhys Hoskins twice who at that point was lighting the baseball world up with home runs. Peters went seven innings deep giving up only three hits and three walks. He threw 91 pitches, 54 for strikes, and showed plenty of room for growth.

Peters vs. Hoskins

Peter’s second game was against a well hitting Washington Nationals team, which took him for three earned runs, six hits and one home run in five innings of ball. The first inning was the hardest part for Peter’s who gave up two runs on a walk and a couple of hits. Peters would work well through the rest of the game only giving up a solo shot to Ryan Zimmerman. Strikeouts continued to be a nice part of Peter’s game this time, raking in six against the Nationals.

Peters would return to face the Phillies again this time with another nice outing but control was certainly an issue now. In six innings, he would only give up two earned runs but walked four batters and hit another two. The strikeouts also started two drop now with only four in this outing.

The decline of Peters would continue for the next two games against the Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks. He would surrender eight and five earned runs, respectively. The strikeouts continued to stay low with only five between those two starts. Each game had three walks a piece and showed that control was still an issue for this young man. The final start for Peters was against The Atlanta Braves in which he went five and two-thirds giving up only two hits, but walking four batters again.

Dillon Peters has the ability and arm to lead the Miami Marlins into the future with their new in flux of prospects. Control is something to keep an eye on, but Peters has the stuff to strike out batters and keep the ball in play. While September is a small sample size to look at, the future is bright and Peters will continue to be one of the more exciting Marlins to look forward to.