Uncommitted Spotlight- '17 Joshua Peterson, RHP/OF, Legacy Christian Academy



By Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Minnesota

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Joshua Peterson 

Name: Joshua Peterson
Position: RHP/OF
Class: 2017
Height/Weight: 6-foot-1, 170-pounds
High School: Legacy Christian Academy
PBR MN Rank: #79 in MN 2017 Rankings

Evaluation:  6/20/16- 6-foot-1, 170-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.03 runner. Young build that should add quality strength. Crouched balance point with slight hitch in delivery. Short arm action producing downhill fastballs at 82-84 mph. Early break on 12/6 curveball; flashes as solid when released out front. Tips changeup slowing arm on release. Balanced swing, leg kick trigger, clean bat path, some extra parts effecting timing, squared baseball well to middle of field, 86 mph exit velocity. Good footwork with quick release in outfield. Shows solid athleticism. Long arm action with solid carry and accuracy to target at 85 mph.

PBR: What schools have you been hearing from?
PETERSON: North Dakota State University, Grand Canyon University, Augustana University, Concordia-St. Paul, St. Scholastica, Saint Mary's, and University of Jamestown have all expressed interest in me.

PBR: Have you taken any visits? Do you have any scheduled in the near future?
PETERSON: Yes, I have visited Concordia-St. Paul and have visits planned with St. Scholastica, Augustana, and Saint Mary's.

PBR: Are you looking for anything in particular in a school? (Example: high academics, certain academic program, local, etc.)
PETERSON: I do not have many restrictions if any. I plan to major in Business and/or Sports Management so those programs are important to me. Other than that, I am just looking for a school that fits me and has a competitive baseball program.

PBR: What were some of the highlights of your junior year?
PETERSON: There were many games that I loved playing in this year but my favorite was the game to go to state.  We needed to beat Heritage Christian Academy twice in consecutive games to advance to state. Coach Hill, our head coach, had the plan to pitch Ethan Mocchi the first game and me the second. We ended up winning our first game 3-2 after Logan Pierro had a huge 3 RBI triple, Ethan pitched a great game, and I came in to get the save. Then, the second game started only a few minutes later. I was locked in and was pitching better than I ever had before. I was matched up against Seth Halvorsen, who I had pitched against two other times that year. After 7 innings of battle we ended up winning 2-0. I had only allowed 1 hit and got 11 strikeouts throughout the game. That game will always be in my memory because we achieved our goal of dog-piling on that field and going to the State Tournament.

PBR: What are your goals for this year? 
PETERSON: As far as baseball goes, last year we won the Minnesota State Consolation Championship, and this year the state title is definitely our team goal. As far as individual goals go I would like to just improve in every way I can this year. I want to get bigger, stronger, improve my velocity, and help the team achieve our goal the best I can. We are putting together a strong schedule this year to test ourselves and we are all very excited for the competition. Academically I want to finish off my high school studies strong so that I am prepared as can be for college. I'm looking forward to college life.

 

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