The Braves lost outfield prospect Dustin Peterson to the Tigers, as they claimed him on waivers this week. With Peterson gone, Max Fried is now all that is left in the organization from the Justin Upton trade package.
Peterson came in as a third baseman, but the organization quickly moved him to the outfield. Unfortunately, injuries limited what Peterson could do, and his opportunities. It was rumored during Spring Training 2017 that Peterson had a real shot at making the opening day roster. Then, he got injured and had a horrible year for AAA Gwinnett. He has only gotten two major league at-bats to date.
Considering Peterson was not given a chance despite the long absence of Ronald Acuna Jr. during his injury, it is clear the Braves simply do not see him as a future piece. Peterson definitely has talent and it is a shame to see him go for nothing. After all, he did bounce back a bit this year and is still 23. However, at the end of the day the injuries mounted up, and Peterson never lived up to his power potential that many projected once upon a time.
We wish Dustin the best in Detroit!