As a highly-touted pitcher at Regis Jesuit, David Peterson was on track to be taken early in the 2014 MLB Draft. A broken leg suffered while playing pickup basketball shortly before his senior season changed all that and Peterson tumbled down the draft board to the 28th round (854th pick overall) to the Red Sox.
Three years later, that ill-advised game of hoops looks like a blessing in disguise as Peterson — who elected to attend the University of Oregon following high school — was taken by the New York Mets with the 20th overall pick in Monday night’s first round of the 2017 MLB draft.
The selection capped a dominant junior season for the Ducks’ southpaw, who went 11-4 with a 2.51 ERA while becoming a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the first All-American in Oregon baseball history.
Peterson also set an Oregon record with 140 strikeouts in 100.1 innings while walking just 15 batters. He ranks second in the nation in strikeouts and wins, and recorded six games with double-digit Ks this spring.
While at Regis Jesuit, Peterson was 3-0 with a 1.15 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 40.1 innings as a senior following his return from his broken leg, leading the Raiders to a Class 5A state runner-up finish.
Another Raiders player is likely to hear his named called over the next few days, as Caleb Sloan is the top pitching prospect in Colorado’s Class of 2017. If picked, Sloan — who has committed to Texas Christian University — will make it six straight years that at least two former Regis Jesuit players were taken in the draft.