Birthday: September 23, 1991
Birthplace: Burnsville, MN
College: Wichita State (1 yr), Des Moines Area CC (2 yrs)
Height/Weight: 6'1", 198 lbs
Brandon Peterson is right-handed reliever with a 95 mph fastball. A 2013 draftee from Burnsville, MN, he will start the year in Cedar Rapids. A precision fastball-slider pairing earned him a lot of whiffs in the Appy League without many walks. He had worked as a closer throughout much of his collegiate career and continued to do so in many games at Elizabethton.
Brandon Peterson is a native of Savage, MN, and attended Burnsville High School. He was a key part of a strong 2010 Burnsville Blaze team that finished runner-up to Eden Prairie in the MSHSL AAA tournament.
After high school, Peterson attended Des Moines Area Community College where he compiled a 3.50 ERA, 6 saves, and a 6-1 record in 24 appearances during his freshman season. In his sophomore season, he went 6-4 with a 4.94 ERA and 3 saves in 21 appearances, eight of which were starts.
He attended Wichita State University (like Twins SP Mike Pelfrey) after junior college, pitching well as a closer for the Shockers. He appeared in 26 games and put up a 1.12 ERA in 40 IP. He earned 10 saves and a 3-1 record, holding opponents to a .189 batting average, striking out 42 and walking 15.
The Twins drafted him with the 380th overall pick in the 13th round of the 2013 Amateur Player Draft. According to his MLB.com draft writeup, his fastball reaches 95 mph, usually falling to the low 90s. His main secondary pitch is a slider.
After the draft, he was assigned to Elizabethton where he led the Appalachian League with a SO/9 of 13.2. He went 0-2 with a 2.96 ERA in 27.1 IP over 19 games. He walked only 9, striking out 40. He finished 14 games, 5 of which were saves.
Adopt-a-prospect isn't any fun without speculation about what the future has in store for a young player! As mentioned in the summary, Peterson will begin the year in Cedar Rapids as a reliever. Last year a number of different pitchers were employed by Manager Jake Mauer to close out games. Regardless of whether Peterson earns a de facto "closer" job for the Kernels, he will likely aim to do exactly what he did in Elizabethton where his results were excellent in almost every category. As a 22 year old, 13th round reliever, he doesn't have the hype surrounding the teenage phenoms that have passed through Beloit and Cedar Rapids recently, but continuing to generate results like he did in rookie ball should begin to turn some heads.
References: I stole most of this information from Bbref, his WSU page, and his MiLB.com page.
Edited by TheDean, 02 April 2014 - 08:43 PM.