Range and Positioning:
Peterson possess slightly above average (55) range for a big league second baseman. In his career at second base he has earned three Range and Positioning Runs Saved; this means he has saved three more runs than the league average second baseman. Peterson is great at tracking balls in the air. In fact, through 784 career innings at second base, he has made five more plays than the league average second baseman on balls hit in the air. Through the first half of 2015, when his initial fielding movement is backward, Peterson has a success rate of 69.2%; this leads all second baseman with at least 200 opportunities.
Peterson has playable (45) hands at second base. They are quick and he has a smooth glove-to-hand transfer that helps him quickly get the ball over to first base. This comes in handy on slow choppers hit in front of him, an area in which Peterson excels. He is league average at turning ground balls into outs and, while at second base, he has made two less plays on ground balls than the league average second baseman. Through the first half of 2015, he is tied for the second base lead in Defensive Misplays with 19. Many of these misplays are balls hit at or near him in which the play could have reasonable been made.
Peterson has solid (50) footwork. While fielding the ball, he stays low, usually gets both feet in front of the ball and prefers to field the ball forehanded rather than backhanded. However, on ground balls hit to his right when the backhanded fielding method would be more efficient, he sometimes gets his legs tangled up in an attempt to get them in front of the ball. He moves effectively around the second base bag and this year his GDP success rate is slightly above league average at 67%; the league average for second baseman is 63.7%.
Peterson has an above average (60) throwing arm for a big league second baseman. His arm is quick and has proper action for an infielder. He is very comfortable throwing “on the move” with a success rate of 84% in 2015; this ranks third among all second baseman with at least 200 opportunities. Peterson’s arm strength is league average and its accuracy is slightly above average (55) for a big league second baseman. Since 2014, Peterson has an Infield Good Throw Rate of 98%. This is slightly better than the league average rate of 97.6% for all second baseman with at least 200 throws to first during this span.
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