Jace Peterson. (American Press Archives)
Last Modified: Monday, April 28, 2014 1:19 PMTo see Jace Peterson play baseball is all it took to know that he would make it to the highest level some day. It was just a matter of when.
Heading into this year’s spring training, it appeared “some day” would come this September at the soonest.
So much for timelines.
The former Hamilton Christian Academy and McNeese State star received his call to the big leagues late Thursday night and was added to the San Diego Padres’ 25-man roster for Friday night’s game at the Washington Nationals.
Entering the game in the sixth inning, Peterson singled on the first pitch he saw from Stephen Strasburg (2-2) in an 11-1 Nationals victory. He finished 1-for-2, playing third base.
“God is Good! Thanks to all my teammates and friends for the support!” was Peterson’s official reaction on social media site Twitter.
Peterson was called up from Class Double-A San Antonio to fill the spot of Padres starting third baseman Chase Headley, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Peterson is the first McNeese letterman to appear for a major league team since Bob Howry pitched for Arizona in 2010. He is also the first former Cowboy to receive his big-league call up since Ben Broussard and Clay Condrey both debuted in 2002.
The Padres are clearly high on the athletic ability of the former McNeese two-sport standout.
San Diego will be using Peterson at third base even though he only started one game at the position in his minor-league career. He has primarily played shortstop throughout his career in college and the minors.
San Diego drafted Peterson in the supplemental round of the 2011 draft.
He is batting .311 in the Texas League. Peterson has hit .283 with a .376 on-base percentage and 136 stolen bases in 321 career minor league games.