You may not be able to tell it from the 5-1 loss the Columbia Fireflies suffered to the Lakewood Blue Claws, but 2017 first round draft pick David Peterson completely dominated Lakewood for seven shutout innings.
Peterson no-hit Lakewood through the first time through their lineup. When Lakewood was finally able to get a hit off of him in the fourth, the base runner was immediately erased as Peterson, who has an astounding 3.42 groundball-to-fly ball ratio this year, was able to induce a double play. That act was repeated again in the fifth inning.
Things were going so well for Peterson that when he was unable to induce a double play in the seventh inning, his catcher, Scott Manea, threw out a base runner trying to steal a base.
In facing one over the minimum, Peterson’s final line was 7.0 innings, three hits, no runs, one walk, and eight strikeouts.
Lakewood was not able to do much of anything against Peterson. Peterson needed just 40 pitches to go through the first four innings, and he needed just 76 pitches to get through seven. It would be an abundance of caution which would led to his being lifted after seven.
What makes the performance all the more incredible is Lakewood is third in the South Atlantic League in doubles, and they have racked up the second fewest strikeouts. The Lakewood lineup also includes Daniel Brito, who is the Phillies No. 12 prospect according to MLB Pipeline.
In his brief professional career, this was his best start to date. Not counting his three “starts” with Brooklyn last year, Peterson set personal bests in innings, hits allowed, runs, walks, and strikeouts.
More than that, he built off of what was a strong start his last time out. Over his last two starts, he not allowed an earned run while allowing four hits or less and striking out six plus. In three of his four starts to the season, Peterson has allowed one earned run or less while walking two or fewer.
Overall, Peterson has had a strong start to this season, and he is showing why the Mets made him the 20th overall selection in last year’s draft.