Jake Peter was recently traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers and has been added to the mix of top prospects at #30. The pride of Mason City High now finds himself competing for a shot to make the talent-rich 40-man roster, in a backup role. The Dodgers front office places a high value on versatility and Jake Peter fits that bill. Primarily a second baseman, he also played games at third base, and in left and right fields last season. The brain-trust of Los Angeles has benefited in the past from having many contingencies in place at the Triple-A level and below. The 24-year-old utility man from Iowa seems to fit into the organizational mold, at least in that respect.
Age 24 Born April 5, 1993
Birthplace Mason City, IA
Bats: Left Throws: Right
6′ 1″ 185lbs
Mason City High School
Creighton University (Omaha, NE)
— Jake Peter (@JWPeezy4) January 5, 2018
While some fans may dismiss the prospects in this recent deal, Jake Peter is on the upswing in his minor league career. A change in his approach at the plate is credited with the increased production. His home run numbers more than doubled last season (13) as compared to 2016 (6). His runs scored total increased as well in 2017, and in fewer at-bats than the previous campaign in the White Sox organization. Peter split time between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte last year.
— Tommy Viola (@Tommy_the_V) January 10, 2018
Jake Peter – 2018 & Beyond
Is Jake Peter no more than an insurance policy for the Dodgers organization? Time will reveal that answer. Any number of events could propel Peter into a role with the big club. Injuries, lack of production, or other unknown circumstances can and will occur during the long baseball season. The Dodgers front office has once again positioned itself to be ready for those types of situations. Peter is a solution to a problem if one arises in 2018. In the meantime, His playing time should be steady at Oklahoma City. His development in the upcoming season will greatly determine what will happen past next year. If his plate production continues to improve, he could quietly be a very nice addition to Los Angeles.