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Cardinals purchase Peterson's contract

By Bridgeport Bluefish

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Bridgeport, CT - Bridgeport Bluefish team officials today announced that infielder Brock Peterson has had his contract purchased by the St. Louis Cardinals organization. The slugger will report to Triple-A Memphis of the Pacific Coast League.

“Brock is a tremendous talent and has been one of the best batters in the league this season,” says Bluefish manager Willie Upshaw. “We’re glad he received this opportunity and wish him the best of luck.”

Peterson emerged as one of the premier hitters in the Atlantic League in 2012, leading the league with 21 home runs and a .563 slugging percentage, ranking second with 68 RBI, third with 46 extra-base hits, and fourth with 62 runs scored and 192 total bases. He was also named the Player of the Month in June and recorded a .293 batting average with 21 doubles in 94 games for the Bluefish.

Last season in Bridgeport, the slugger batted .272 with 11 home runs, 18 doubles, 31 RBI, and 41 runs scored over the course of 71 contests. The Washington resident was originally selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 49th round of the 2002 amateur draft and made his debut with Rookie-level Elizabethtown the following year. Before coming to the Park City, he spent his entire career with the Twins organization, having reached as high as the Triple-A level with Rochester of the International League where he played from 2008-2010. Peterson’s best season as a professional came in 2006 with Single-A Fort Myers of the Florida State League. He amassed a .291 batting average with a personal-high 21 home runs, 75 RBI and 130 hits. For his career, the 28-year-old holds a .271 batting average with 141 home runs, 567 RBI and 581 runs scored in 1,049 contests.

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