Peterson Named Baseball America Preseason All-American
Jan. 31, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Major League Baseball scouting directors voted on Baseball America's preseason All-America teams, which were released Thursday, and University of New Mexico junior third baseman DJ Peterson was named to the second team. This is the fourth preseason All-America honor for the Gilbert, Ariz., product as Collegiate Baseball, PerfectGame.org, and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association all named him to their respective first teams.
Peterson was named Co-Mountain West Player of the Year in 2012, along with teammate Mitch Garver, following a truly outstanding season. He won the league's triple crown with a .419 average, 17 home runs, and 78 RBI. He followed that up with a stellar summer season that saw him lead Team USA in home runs and RBI, with four and 14, respectively, over 16 games against international competition.
Expectations are high for the Lobos entering the season. In 2012 they made their third straight trip to an NCAA regional, and just last week Baseball America ranked them No. 21 in their preseason poll, the first time that publication had ever ranked UNM in a preseason poll.
"I want to try to repeat what I did last year except maybe do a little more, be a little better, to bring us to Omaha (and the College World Series)," Peterson said.
Baseball America annually polls major league scouting directors to vote on the team and make their selections based on performance, talent, and professional potential. In the past, the preseason All-America team has been a predictor both of the first round of the draft and of team success.
Peterson, who will be eligible for the MLB draft in June, is looking to become the first Lobo selected in the first round since Kevin Andersh was taken 15th overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1984.