Mariners’ first-round pick Peterson to join AquaSox roster

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Mariners’ first-round pick Peterson to join AquaSox roster

EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett AquaSox announced that threemoreplayers drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 2013 MLB Draft will bejoining the team, including first-round pick DJ Peterson. The other new additions beginning their professional baseball careers in Everett are fifth-round pick Jack Reinheimer and twelfth-round pick Justin Seager.

 DJ Peterson was drafted 12th overall in the 2013 MLB Draft after three seasons at the University of New Mexico. Peterson was previously drafted by the Mariners in the 33rd round of the 2010 MLB Draft, but elected to go to college. The third baseman is recognized as one of the best all-around hitters in this year’s draft class. Peterson batted .408 with 18 home runs and 72 RBI in 55 games for the Lobos in 2013 and was named co-Mountain West Conference Player of the Year. In his decorated collegiate career, Peterson was a two-time Louisville Slugger First Team All-American and a semifinalist in 2012 and 2013 for both the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy.

Jack Reinheimer was selected in the fifth round out of East Carolina University. Reinheimer opted to attend ECU despite being drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 31st round of the 2010 MLB Draft. The shortstop is recognized for his speed and defense, swiping 10 bases and carrying a .966 fielding percentage in his junior season. Batting primarily in the leadoff spot in 2013, Reinheimer hit .271 with nine doubles, two home runs, and 21 RBI in 56 starts for the Pirates. As a sophomore in 2012, Reinheimer batted .294 with two home runs and 22 RBI in 61 games.

Justin Seager, the younger brother of Mariners’ third baseman Kyle Seager, was drafted in the twelfth round out of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Despite making the transition from first base to left field in 2013, Seager batted .351 with 2 homers and 40 RBI in 60 games and was named the Atlantic 10 Conference’s co-Player of the Year. Seager also demonstrated a good eye at the plate, posting 30 walks against only 28 strikeouts. Seager is expected to be a first baseman in the Mariners’ organization.

The AquaSox now have four players selected by the Mariners in the first 12 rounds of the 2013 MLB Draft. Reinheimer and Seager join Seattle’s seventh-round pick, left handed pitcher Tyler Olson, on the AquaSox roster, while Peterson is expected to join the team next week.

The AquaSox’ home opener on Monday, June 17th against the Tri-City Dust Devils will be the first opportunity to see the new additions to the team in action.