MIAMI -- The Arizona Fall League is providing opportunities for several Marlins prospects to gain more experience before Spring Training. Outfielder Braxton Lee, for instance, is representing Miami on the Salt River squad.It had appeared that one of Lee's Double-A Jacksonville teammates, left-hander Dillon Peters, would be joining him in
MIAMI -- The Arizona Fall League is providing opportunities for several Marlins prospects to gain more experience before Spring Training. Outfielder Braxton Lee, for instance, is representing Miami on the Salt River squad.
It had appeared that one of Lee's Double-A Jacksonville teammates, left-hander Dillon Peters, would be joining him in Arizona. But those plans changed when the Marlins ultimately decided the innings the 25-year-old threw in the big leagues as a September callup were enough, so he was shut him down for the offseason.
Ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the Marlins' No. 4 prospect, Peters was on the preliminary Salt River roster. The organization had initially wanted him to increase his innings, because he missed about two months due to a fractured bone in his left thumb.
Peters finished the season in the Marlins' rotation, and he is a candidate to win a starting spot in Spring Training.
At Jacksonville, Peters was 6-2 with a 1.97 ERA in nine starts. He struck out 40, walked 11 and had a WHIP of 0.96 in 45 2/3 innings.
For his entire Minor League season, the lefty finished 7-3 with a 1.57 ERA in 13 Minor League starts, striking out 55 while walking 17 in 63 innings.
Called up in September, Peters went 1-2 with a 5.17 ERA in six starts and 31 1/3 innings. He showed plenty of promise, but he also struggled with command, striking out 27 and walking 19.
Peters' first big league win came on Sept. 28 against the Braves.
The Marlins won, 7-1, and Peters finished his season tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings, walking four and striking out four.
Including his Minor League outings, Dillon logged 77 innings for the season.
"Command is something I think will get a lot better," manager Don Mattingly said late in the season. "In his starts in September, we saw flashes of pretty good, and then we saw flashes of where he's kind of battled, not having command, but he still kind of gets through it.
"Hopefully, there are some good indicators there for him moving forward. If he can get a hold of that command, which I think he can, then it puts him in a little different light. He has the makings and the framework of a guy who can be dependable for you."
Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.