Shane Peterson was elected to the Pacific Coast League All Star team for the first time on July 3 and will be heading to Durham on July 16. The outfielder has been having a season to remember in Sacramento with the River Cats, batting .307/.381/.427 so far. He also leads the Cats in runs, hits (which he leads the entire PCL), doubles, walks and is tied for the lead in stolen bases.
This will be the second straight year where a River Cats outfielder will start in the All Star game, last season being Michael Choice.
Getting ahead in counts has been something Peterson has been able to do and his keen eye is rewarding him, batting .369 on the year when facing a batter’s count. Peterson is also coming through in clutch situations this year, batting .320 with runners on and .349 with runners in scoring position, as compared to .294 with the bases empty.
In his last 10 games, Peterson, who was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in 2009, has had five multi-hit showings. It is his fourth season with the River Cats.
Here is a link to a catch that earned Peterson a slot on Sportscenter’s Top 10 earlier this year.