Garver, Peterson Garner More Preseason Accolades

Jan. 21, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico senior catcher Mitch Garver and junior third baseman DJ Peterson caught the attention of coaches and scouts around the nation with their play in 2012. Big things are once again expected of the pair in 2013 as they were both named to the Perfect Game Preseason All-America first team Monday.

This is the third such honor for each player as they were both previously named first team preseason All-Americans by Louisville Slugger and the NCBWA.

“It’s a tribute to these young men,” UNM head coach Ray Birmingham said. “It’s a big honor. I’m proud of these young men and I’m proud of the great state of New Mexico.”

Peterson in particular was singled out as the player to watch in 2013 by Kendall Rogers of PerfectGame.org:

"Throughout the '12 campaign, no single player was brought up to me by coaches more than the ultra-talented UNM third baseman. Peterson blossomed for the Lobos last season, earning the label as the nation's 'best hitter' by many coaches from big-time programs. Peterson batted .419 with 21 doubles, three triples, 17 homers and 78 RBIs. He also slugged .734 and had a 33-29 advantage in walks-to-strikeouts. Peterson, potentially a first-round pick in this summer's MLB draft, has a smooth, easy and disciplined swing that generates impressive raw power, while he also has more than adequate defensive skills."

Garver, meanwhile, shared Mountain West Player of the Year honors last season with Peterson on his to being named one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award. He hit .377 with 10 home runs and 57 RBI and threw out 40 percent of attempted base stealers.

UNM was one of only two schools to have multiple players named to the first team. Perennial power Stanford, led by former first-round pick Mark Appel, was the other.

“This is indicative of the fact that the University of New Mexico baseball program is one of the best in the country,” Birmingham said.

The full release and rosters can be found here.