Local Products Make MLB Debuts
A pair of Arizona high school alums are making their major league baseball debuts this week.
Gilbert High 2013 grad Dustin Peterson was called up by the Atlanta Braves and made his debut on Monday against the Mets.
Dustin was a shortstop at Gilbert High but has transitioned to a corner outfield spot in pro ball.
The 23 year old was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the second round of the 2013 draft, and was later traded to the Braves organization.
Dustin hit .540 with 10 homers and 11 doubles in his senior season.
Dylan Cozens, a 2012 graduate from Chaparral High School, was called up by the Philadelphia Phillies and will be in uniform tonight.
Cozens was a 2nd round pick of the Phillies as a corner outfielder, and has put up impressive power numbers during his minor league career.
At 6-6 245, Dylan is a physical specimen who homered 19 times and hit .520 his senior year.
He is best remembered for hammering a walk-off homer at Camelback Ranch to defeat Brophy in the 2012 state championship game.
With Cozens being called up by the Phillies, it makes 3 Arizona high school players who were drafted by then Phils scout and current Cross Checker Brad Holland. Along with Cozens are Mountain Pointe alum Scott Kingery and Agua Fria grad Aaron Altherr.
That’s a pretty impressive resume for sure.
FYI Brad is the brother of Mesquite Head Coach Jeff Holland.
A couple of local programs took home the hardware at the Perfect Game Memorial Day Tournament.
T-Rex baseball defeated the Las Vegas Recruits in the 18U final with Sean Rimmer (2019 Mountain View) on the mound.
Rimmer was named the Tournament MVP.
In the 16U division, Wilson Sandlot’s 2021 team defeated T-Rex 3-2 in the championship game.
T-Rex 1B Tyler Stone (Chaparral 2020) was named the Tournament MVP with
Wilson Sandlot Pitcher Derek Figueroa (2021 Ray HS) was named Most Valuable Pitcher.