LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers minor league outfielder DJ Peters has enjoyed a fine first full professional season in 2017, and on Tuesday was named California League MVP.
The Glendora native, drafted by the Dodgers in the fourth round in 2016, is hitting .284/.382/.521 with 24 home runs, 26 doubles and five triples in 120 games for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, with 80 runs scored and 74 RBI. Peters leads the league in slugging percentage, walks, extra-base hits (55) and total bases (237).
The 21-year-old has a whopping 173 strikeouts in 531 plate appearances this season, but has also walked 60 times.
He is the first Quakes player to win league MVP since Corey Seager in 2014.
Peters is in his first full season as a professional, which also garnered him the Cal League Rookie of the Year honors.
Peters was one of three Cal League All-Stars from the Quakes, joining pitcher Caleb Ferguson and first baseman Ibandel Isabel.
Isabel, 22, leads the Cal League with 26 home runs, hitting .264/.333/.500 in 110 games.
Ferguson, drafted by the Dodgers in the 38th round in 2014, is second in the Cal League with a 2.84 ERA and third with 133 strikeouts in his 117⅓ innings. The left-hander is 9-8 in 24 games this season, including 23 starts. He turned 21 on July 2.