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Milwaukee Brewers bring back Jace Peterson on minor league contract

Strong OBP and defensive versatility were the ingredients Peterson brought to the Brewers in 2020

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The Milwaukee Brewers continue to add to the Nashville Sounds and enhance their options with versatile call-up options with the re-signing of Jace Peterson. Peterson’s new contract is a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League camp.

Peterson joins Daniel Robertson, Pablo Reyes, and Tim Lopes as one more player that offers defensive versatility as the Brewers’ front office continues to add the same type of players to their roster at this stage of free agency. Peterson saw action at 1B, 2B, 3B, and each of the corner outfield spots for Milwaukee in 2020.

The good news about Peterson is that he actually performed reasonably well with the bat in 2020. He put up a .393 OBP across 61 plate appearances. That OBP was enhanced by a 24.6% BB%. Those strong OBP numbers did not coincide with a very good slugging percentage (.356). Nonetheless, the Brewers did struggle to get on base in 2020 (.313 team OBP), and Peterson was one of the few bright spots for Milwaukee in that regard.

The Brewers’ organization is obviously comfortable with Jace Peterson filling holes in the lineup as they come along. Whether Peterson’s fantastic plate discipline is the new norm for him is another question all together. His career OBP is just .317. Peterson turns 31 in May.

Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs