June 17, 2017
Eugene, Ore. – Junior pitcher David Peterson collected his sixth All-American honor on Saturday when he was named first-team All-America by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Peterson has claimed five first-team honors and was a third-team pick on one team.
Peterson is the first Duck player named to more than four All-American teams in a single season, as well as the only player in school history to claim more than one first-team honor in a year. In addition to the ABCA, Peterson has been named first-team by Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Perfect Game, while earning third-team honors from Baseball America. The Ducks’ lefty also was a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy, while earning first-team All-Pac-12 Conference recognition.
Peterson (Denver, Colo. / Regis Jesuit HS) finished the season 11-4 with a 2.51 ERA and a school-record 140 strikeouts in 100.1 innings pitched while walking just 15. He was the only pitcher in the country to rank in the top seven in four statistical categories. He was second in the nation in both strikeouts and victories, while ranking fourth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.33) and seventh in strikeouts per nine innings (12.56).
During the season, he was named the NCBWA National Pitcher of the Month after finishing March with a 5-0 record and a 0.50 ERA. He allowed just four runs, two earned, on 28 hits in 36.1 innings pitched while striking out 57, walking two and allowing a .207 opponent batting average. Peterson had three games with double-digit strikeouts during the month with a then career-high 17 against Mississippi State on March 3, 14 the next week against Santa Clara and then 11 to wrap up March against Utah.
Oregon’s ace also has claimed three Pac-12 Conference Pitcher of the Week honors in 2017 and was named a Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week three times. He was selected the NCBWA Pitcher of the Week after he set a career-high, and Oregon record, striking out 20 in a 2-0 complete-game shutout of Arizona State on April 28. In that game he allowed just four hits while walking just one.
Peterson had six double-digit strikeout games during the season. In addition to the Arizona State, Mississippi State, Santa Clara and Utah games, he fanned 11 vs. UC Irvine while walking none and had 10 strikeouts in a win at Washington State.
Peterson was drafted in the first round of the MLB Draft on Monday with the 20th pick by the New York Mets.