Over two months in the making, David Peterson made his return to the mound on Friday night with the Brooklyn Cyclones. Pitching in a game for the first time since leaving the Oregon Ducks this past spring, Peterson, the New York Mets’ first-round draft pick, allowed one run on two hits, while striking out one, in his professional debut.
“It was good to get out there, finally pitch in a game,” Peterson said following the Cyclones’ 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Tri-City ValleyCats. “I wish we could’ve won the game, but wins and losses come.”
The 21-year-old worked one inning, which was as scheduled, before giving way to Jose Carlos Medina. Peterson allowed the first two batters to face him reach by way of singles, before fanning Michael Papierski and coaxing a groundout to shortstop and lineout to centerfield.
“He was very fun to catch,” said Peterson’s catcher, Scott Manea. “Everything he throws, he throws well, with a lot of movement. It was an honor to catch his debut today, and I’m excited to keep catching him in the future.”
Peterson threw 17 pitches in his initial outing, 11 of which were strikes, and it was clear from the start that he was attempting to establish his fastball early.
“The fastball was working well, I think I was throwing strikes, and after talking to [catcher Scott] Manea, the two-seam had good movement, and I thought I was commanding the zone well,” Peterson said of his strengths on Friday.
It isn’t clear when his next outing will be, but Peterson expects it to be a two-inning appearance. When game number two does come, he said he will try to build off his debut, but that doesn’t necessarily mean an improved stat line.
“I think I can look at this outing and see what I need to improve on. The results will come, but the process for me is thinking about what I can do better, and build off what I did well.”
Following Friday’s loss, the Cyclones are now 14-30, a record that puts them 12 games out of first place in the New York-Penn League’s McNamara division.