W.F. West graduate Brock Peterson got his first taste of the Major Leagues Saturday when the St. Louis Cardinals called him up from Triple-A Memphis. Peterson spent 11 seasons in the minor leagues and led the Pacific Coast League with 22 home runs this year.
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Matt Holliday’s nagging hamstring injury has created an opportunity for Brock Peterson.
Peterson, a 2002 W.F. West High School graduate, was called up from Triple-A Memphis by St. Louis as the Cardinals put Holliday on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 12.
Peterson, a member of The Olympian’s All-Area baseball team in 2002 and All-Area football team as a wide receiver in 2001, was a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning against San Diego on Saturday. He grounded out, bringing a run home.
He hit .306 with 66 RBI for Memphis and led the Pacific Coast League with 22 home runs. It was his first call-up to the majors.
“His eyes are spinning a little bit now, and rightfully so,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Peterson. “He’s very excited and it’s just a great story. But nothing’s been given to him. He’s had a tremendous season, and I think he’ll fit in well with what we’re looking to do.”
Peterson, 29, was a 49th-round pick by Minnesota in 2002 and played in an independent league in 2011-12 before signing with the Cardinals’ organization.