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Peter Robert O'Brien
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 215 lb.
- School Bethune-Cookman College, University of Miami
- High School G. Holmes Braddock High School
 Biographical Information
Catcher Peter O'Brien was a 2nd round choice of the New York Yankees in the 2012 amateur draft, out of the University of Miami. A year earlier, the Colorado Rockies had taken him in the third round of the 2011 draft out of Bethune-Cookman College, but had failed to come to terms with him.
Peter spent most of 2012 with the Staten Island Yankees of the New York-Penn League, where he hit .202 in 48 games. He split 2013 between the Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League and the Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League, hitting for a combined line of .291/.350/.544 with 39 doubles and 22 homers. He drove in 96 runs in 119 games, justifying his status as a top draft pick. He played 38 games at 3B with Tampa, in addition to his catching duties, as the Yankees wanted him to get as many at-bats as possible without overtiring him by having him catch too many games. The down side was that he struck out 134 times while drawing 41 walks.
In 2014, he was back at Tampa to start the season, but showed clearly that he had nothing left to prove at that level, with a .321 batting average, 9 doubles and 10 homers in only 30 games. He was promoted to the AA Trenton Thunder on May 9th. His bat cooled down a bit, as he hit .245 with a .296 OBP in 72 games, but the outstanding power was still there, as he slugged 14 doubles and 23 homers in that short span. He continued to move around, playing more games at first base than behind the plate in AA, and also seeing time in the outfield and at DH. On July 31st, he was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in return for IF Martin Prado, with the Yankees trying to make a push for a postseason appearance in Derek Jeter's final season.