Gilbert High’s Peterson brothers could both be first-round MLB draft picks
In his first mock-up leading into the June 6-8 Major League Baseball draft (Insider subscription access required), ESPN baseball analyst Keith Law had both D.J. and Dustin Peterson landing in the first round.
He has D.J., the former Gilbert High star who is currently dominating college baseball at New Mexico, going No. 9 to the Pirates, and Dustin, a senior with the Tigers this season, getting selected with the final pick of the round (No. 33) by the Yankees.
If it happens, the Petersons would be in impressive company.
Only one pair of brothers has been drafted in the first round of the same draft, when J.D. (No. 2 overall) and Tim (No. 28) Drew pulled the feat in 1997.
Other high-profile siblings who have been selected in the first round but at different times include the Uptons (Justin and B.J.), the Weavers (Jeff and Jered) and the Weeks (Rickie and Jemile). Stephen Drew was also chosen in the first round, giving the Drews the only group of three brothers to do so.
Dustin’s stock has risen after a tremendous senior season (.540 average, 10 HR, 39 RBI, 1.149 slugging percentage) but he’s not a first-round lock. Baseball America and MLB.com don’t have him in the first round because there are questions about where he will play defensively, so it may depend how the draft shakes out before him.
D.J. (.402 average, 16 homers, 66 RBIs, .515 OBP, .820 SLG), meanwhile, is a surefire first round pick and has been pegged as high as No. 4 overall.
Desert Vista’s Corey Myers is the highest East Valley player ever selected, going No. 4 to the Diamondbacks in 1999. Ryan Mills, who went to Horizon, was the No. 6 overall pick out of Arizona State in 1998, while Austin Manahan (Horizon) and Paul Konerko (Chaparral) were both No. 13 overall selections in 1988 and 1994, respectively.
D.J. Peterson will be the first opening-round selection from the East Valley since Ike Davis (Chaparral and ASU) went No. 18 overall to the Mets. And Dustin could very well be the second.