Ht: 6’1″ Wt: 185 B-T: L-R
Acquired: Drafted in the 7th round in 2014
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #18 – 2015 Midseason
- #17 – 2016 Preseason
- #19 – 2016 Midseason
- #19 – 2017 Preseason
- 2014 Pioneer League All Star
- FutureSox Prospect of the Month, June 2015
- Arizona Fall League, 2015
- Southern League All Star, Midseason 2016
When Peter was drafted in the 7th round in 2014, some pundits were surprised the White Sox weren’t planning to use him as a pitcher given he’d hit 96 with his fastball in college. It appears they’ve made the right call thus far. This Creighton product went to rookie-level Great Falls in his draft year where he put up a scorching .388/.444/.579 line, making unusually good contact (7.6% K/PA) especially for a 21-year old recent draftee. This resulted in a promotion – past Class A straight to Advanced A Winston-Salem. Not surprisingly he struggled a bit in his brief look there (.236/.277/.303) but he still made decent contact (13.8% K/PA) and wasn’t overwhelmed. In 2015, Peter opened back with Winston-Salem and hit better than his brief 2014 look there, but didn’t set the world on fire either: .260/.330/.348 with 23 stolen bases in 26 tries. He also appeared in the AFL in 2015, hitting fairly well even compared to the typically inflated offensive numbers there (.309/.391/.364 in 64 PA). 2016 opened with Peter in AA Birmingham playing every infield position and both outfield corners while hitting over .300, earning a promotion to AAA Charlotte in late June. There his hitting wasn’t as strong (.659 OPS) but he still made good contact and showed that defensive versatility, playing five positions in 62 games.
Peter has good feel for the bat and the strike zone, and uses a line drive approach that gives him lots of doubles but not many home runs. Contact rates are good and he does draw some walks. He’s got average speed and his coaches refer to him as a heady, high IQ player. Defensively he’s got plenty of arm to play anywhere, and reports on his 2B defense range from “solid there” to “strong defender”. Jake has also played some shortstop, third base, first base and corner outfield as a pro, and his athleticism and defensive flexibility should give him a utility path as a potential (or even likely) route to the majors.
Major League Outlook: Utility player across the infield and corner outfield
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