Should former Wichita State reliever Brandon Peterson reach the big leagues, many fans will hear his name and think “I don’t remember that guy. When did he pitch?”
Peterson pitched in 2013 and compiled a 1.12 ERA with 10 saves in 26 appearances. He didn’t pitch much early in the season, in part because WSU didn’t get itself in many save situations. By the end, he grew into a lockdown closer who earned All-MVC and MVC Newcomer of the Year honors. He enjoyed a brief, productive, WSU career that fans who ignored the Shockers and their struggles might have missed.
Peterson, who transferred to WSU from Des Moines Area Community College, has a long way to go to reach the majors with the Twins. But he is off to a strong start and I would expect him to move to Double A next season.
Here’s an update on Shockers in the minors:
P Kris Johnson - Spent the season at Triple A Rochester and started one game for the Twins.
P Brian Flynn - Flynn made one start with the Marlins and spent most of the season in Triple A.
SS Dusty Coleman - Coleman spent 2014 at Double-A Midland, where he helped the RockHounds win the Texas League title. Coleman homered in Sunday’s deciding game against Tulsa, as did Wellington’s Conner Crumbliss. Coleman led the Texas League with 81 RBI, hit 18 home runs and inspired this piece from the RockHounds regarding his leadership and character.
OF Brian Burgamy - Burgamy hit 23 home runs in Double A. Drafted in 2002, he hasn’t played beyond Double A in a major league organization.
P Jordan Cooper - Cooper pitched briefly in Triple A for the Indians and spent most of the season in Double A.
C Chris O’Brien - O’Brien spent the season in Double A for the Dodgers, where he hit .266 with seven home runs.
C Tyler Grimes - Grimes, now a catcher after playing shortstop at WSU, helped the Fort Myers Miracle win the Florida State League title. Grimes almost quit baseball before his manager talked him into staying.
P Josh Smith - Smith spent the season at Class A (Advanced) with the Pirates.
P Brandon Peterson - Peterson spent the season in Class A with Minnesota, striking out 84 and walking 19 with two teams. He ended the summer as Grimes’ teammate with the Miracle on the FSL champions.
P Albert Minnis - Minnis spent most of the season with Houston’s Class A team.
1B Casey Gillaspie - Tampa Bay’s first-round pick spent the summer in Class A and hit .262 with seven home runs.
C Tyler Baker - Baker hit .271 in Rookie League and Class A.
3B Chase Simpson - Simpson hit .286 with seven home runs in Class A.
INF Dayne Parker - Parker moved from Rookie League to Class A (full season).
P A.J. Ladwig - Ladwig threw 28 innings in the minors and walked four hitters.