Peterson brothers on track to be high MLB draft picks
A couple of seasons back, it was the Year of the Crons.
Mountain Pointe slugger Kevin Cron hit .575 in 2011 with a state-record 27 home runs and 65 RBIs, leading the Pride to the 5A Division I state championship. Older brother C.J. starred at Utah, hitting .434 with 15 homers and 59 RBIs while leading all of NCAA in slugging percentage (.803) and OPS (1.320).
C.J., who also played for Mountain Pointe in high school, was selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with the 17th overall pick in the June draft, and is currently the club’s No. 3 ranked prospect, according to Baseball America. Kevin was taken in the third round but chose to attend Texas Christian.
This season is setting up as the Year of the Petersons.
Former Gilbert slugger D.J. Peterson is mashing at New Mexico, batting .420 with 12 homers, 42 RBIs and a 1.438 OPS. The third baseman continues to shoot up draft boards, as Peterson is now rated as the No. 13 overall player by Baseball America.
Little brother Dustin is picking up momentum, too. Dustin is a senior shortstop with the Tigers and is batting .576 with eight homers, 34 RBIs and a 1.922 OPS. He has been added to BA’s midseason top-50 at No. 44 overall. Dustin Peterson is committed to Arizona State but if he’s drafted that high it would be tough to turn down the signing bonus money.