The Rangers announced they’ve claimed outfielder DJ Peters off waivers from the Dodgers. Los Angeles had designated Peters for assignment over the weekend.
It’s not particularly surprising to see a team take a shot on Peters, who’s long been considered a prospect of some note. Peters’ combination of big power and enough athleticism to play a passable center field has long intrigued evaluators, even as swing-and-miss concerns have clouded his overall projection. Peters ran strikeout rates approaching or exceeding the 30% mark throughout his low minors tenure, although he hit for enough power to remain productive.
Peters played his way to the big leagues for the first time in 2021, picking up 34 plate appearances over 18 games. He’s otherwise spent the year with Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he’s had some uncharacteristic struggles. The 25-year-old is hitting just .233/.319/.372 with four homers across 204 plate appearances in a hitter-friendly environment, his first season of below-average production in the minors.
To his credit, Peters has actually cut his strikeout rate to its lowest level (28.4%) since his 2016 stint in rookie ball. He also still has an additional minor league option year beyond this season, so the Rangers have time to give Peters plenty of run at Triple-A Round Rock if he sticks on the 40-man roster. There’s no real downside for Texas in taking a flyer on a player with obvious physical gifts who was squeezed off Los Angeles’ deeper roster.