The Atlanta Braves’ move to clear payroll and build for the future is paying off for the Carolina Mudcats.
Outfielder Dustin Peterson, who was acquired in an early-season trade with the Padres, was added to the 2015 Carolina League All-Star team on Tuesday. Peterson, 20, fills the spot vacated by Frederick Keys third baseman Drew Dosch after he was promoted to Double-A. Peterson joins Carolina Mudcats teammate Johan Camargo on the All-Star team.
Last week, Peterson was ranked second in the Carolina League in batting average (.311), fourth in on-base percentage (.381) and fifth in slugging percentage (.466).
Peterson returned from a stint on the disabled list on June 2 and is batting .304 with 17 hits, three doubles, a triple, two home runs and nine RBI since being activated again. He was originally placed on the disabled list on May 13 following the bus accident on May 12. Peterson was batting .314 on the season before going on the disabled list. He was also batting a league best .442/.500/.538 between April 29 and May 11.
The trade involved Atlanta sending outfielder Justin Upton to the Padres in exchange for Peterson, lefty pitcher Max Fried, infielder Jace Peterson and outfielder Mallex Smith.
Peterson was ranked as 18th best prospect by Baseball America in Atlanta system before the season and following the trade.
His older brother, D.J. Peterson, is currently a top prospect in the Seattle Mariners minor league system. Both Petersons were taken in the 2013 draft. Dustin was selected in the second round out of Gilbert High School in Arizona by San Diego and D.J. was selected in the first round out of the University of New Mexico by Seattle.