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Draft 2008
Draft Central

Shane Peterson (Credit: Matt Brown)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Shane Peterson
Position:Outfielder/First Baseman
School:Long Beach State
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:195 lbs.
Report Date(s):02/28 - 03/28/08

Focus Area
Hitting Ability:Peterson has an odd approach at the plate, holding his bat up by his ear and uses a two-step swing, of sorts. It may not work at the next level.
Power:Most think it's there, but it hasn't shown itself in game performances thus far. He is able to drive the ball to the left-center gap well.
Running Speed:He has pretty good speed, perhaps even above average.
Base Running:He's got good instincts on the bases and can even steal a few bases.
Arm Strength:Formerly used as a pitcher, he's got a good throwing arm and can handle playing right field in that regard.
Fielding:He's good around the bag as a first baseman.
Range:He's got enough range to handle an outfield corner and moves well at first.
Physical Description:Peterson isn't all that big, but shows considerable strength.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Good all-around athlete; ability to make contact.
Weaknesses:He hasn't shown much power in games; will there be enough for him to be a first baseman or corner outfielder?
Summary:A fairly good athlete, Peterson has shown the ability to hit for average in college, but it's unclear whether his approach will work at the pro level. There have been glimpses of power in BP, but not in games, lending some to wonder if he's got enough pop to play first or a corner outfield spot as a pro. Defensively, he's fine at either position with enough arm for right. How much power people think he'll develop later on could determine how quickly he gets taken.