Shane Aaron Peterson
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 0", Weight 210 lb.
- School California State University, Long Beach
- High School Chaparral High School (Temecula)
- Debut April 16, 2013
Shane Peterson made his major league debut in 2013.
Peterson hit .414 and slugged .814 as a high school senior, while posting a 5-4, 2.29 record with 90 strikeouts in 67 1/3 IP. He made All-league in both baseball and soccer in high school. Going on to college, he hit .328/.411/.432 as a backup LF-DH his freshman year; he was 1-1 with a 6.23 ERA and walked 9 in 13 innings. As a sophomore, he batted .327/.418/.472 and was 2-2 with a 4.85 ERA. He was named All-Big West Conference DH. In the Cape Cod League in 2007, he hit .338/.436/.435 for the Hyannis Mets. He led the elite loop in hits (52), was 4th in average (behind Conor Gillaspie, Jason Castro and Yonder Alonso) and ranked 5th in OBP. He was named All-League for his efforts. His junior year, he made further strides, producing at a .390/.506/.582 clip with 52 runs and 50 RBI in 59 games. He was 23rd in NCAA Division I in OBP and among the Big West leaders in average (2nd), slugging (6th), OBP (1st), OPS (1st, 36 points ahead of Erik Komatsu), runs (8th) and hits (83, 6th). He was the All-Big West 1B and split Big West Player of the Year with Jake Jefferies.
Peterson was a second round draft choice by the St. Louis Cardinals out of Cal State-Long Beach in the 2008 amateur draft and was originally signed by scout Dan Kantrovitz. He was the 59th overall pick and the third for St. Louis after Brett Wallace and Lance Lynn. He signed for a $683,000 bonus. Making his pro debut with the Batavia Muckdogs, he hit .291/.400/.409 with 20 doubles, 39 walks and 39 RBI in 65 games, then was 6 for 17 in the postseason as his team won the New York-Penn League title. He finished among the league leaders in doubles (tied for second, one behind leader Jeremy Synan), OBP (3rd, after Derek Norris and Brent Wyatt) and walks (3rd behind Norris and Jake Dugger).
He opened 2009 with the Palm Beach Cardinals and was promoted after 76 games (.298/.367/.428) to the Springfield Cardinals (.284/.338/.405 in 18 G). He moved to Oakland on July 24, 2009 as part of the trade for Matt Holliday (Wallace and Clayton Mortensen were the other players sent to Oakland). Interestingly, the man who had signed him, Kantrovitz, had moved to the Athletics' organization in the meantime. He hit .273/.333/.396 in 39 games for the Midland RockHounds in the regular season. He again was a postseason sensation, hitting .433 with 5 extra-base hits, 5 runs and 6 RBI in 8 games as Midland won the Texas League pennant.
Peterson spent 2010 with Midland, where his batting line fell to .265/.354/.367. He improved as the year went on, hitting .307 in the second half after a .230 first half. He again did well in the playoffs, 10 for 33. His 8 sacrifice flies led the Texas League. In 2011, he appeared for both Midland (.260/.357/.379 in 59 G) and the Sacramento River Cats (.293/.377/.479 in 46 G) before a left hamstring injury ended his season in August. He had a huge platoon split, .318 against righties and .152 against southpaws. In 2012, he was back again with Midland (.274/.441/.420, 44 BB in 48 G) and Sacramento (.389/.484/.618 in 39 G). He was 0 for 8 with 7 strikeouts in the playoffs this time. He finished 6th in the A's chain with 67 walks despite missing a month with an ankle injury. He went 0 for 9 for the Leones del Escogido in the Dominican Winter League. Peterson opened 2013 hot with Sacramento (.410/.558/.538, 13 BB, 13 R in 11 G).
He made his major league debut with the Oakland Athletics in April of 2013 by starting a couple of games at first base when Brandon Moss was placed on the paternity list. He went 1 for 7 in the two games against the Houston Astros, collecting an RBI on a bases-loaded walk and also scoring a run. He struck out against Brad Peacock in his first at-bat in The Show. The next day, he drew the walk from Bud Norris to force in the run and then singled off Xavier Cedeno before coming home on a Jed Lowrie grounder.