Mets' David Peterson reflects on lessons learned from rookie season, looks ahead to competition for starting spot

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Garrett Stepien
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David Peterson side angle vs Nationals
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The Mets have a good problem on their hands as they enter the 2021 season with a crowded stable of arms.

LHP David Peterson, who flashed as a rookie during the shortened 2020 campaign, embraces a chance to earn a spot in the starting rotation -- and if not, help wherever the Mets need him.

"I think pitching depth is always something good to have," Peterson said Saturday at Mets spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla. "And for me, I want to come in here and do my thing and let the rest take care of itself. However I can help the team win, that's what I'm here to do. I'm ready to go, like I said, and excited to be back in camp and compete and get after it."

Peterson, 25, went 6-2 with a 3.44 ERA in 49 1/3 innings pitched over 10 games (nine starts) and striking out 40 while walking 24. After skipping a step at the Triple-A level due to the lack of a minor-league season across baseball in 2020, Peterson joining New York followed 2019 stints with Double-A Binghamton and the Arizona Fall League.

"I think there's a lot to take away," Peterson said. "I think there were some good moments, definitely some moments that gave me confidence, and plenty of lessons that I learned along the way. I thought there was a good opportunity for me -- as a rookie, as a young guy that had come up from Double-A -- to talk to the veterans and try to learn as much as I could from the guys that I had on the team last year."

Confidence came naturally for Peterson, a first-round pick out of Oregon at No. 20 overall in the 2017 MLB Draft. As Peterson prepares for Year 2, he applies lessons learned from his rookie season.

"I felt like the season, as a whole, was kind of that way," Peterson said. "Like I said earlier, I felt like there was success there. That was good to feel. That was definitely a confidence booster for me. But there was also some moments that I needed to learn from, and I felt like talking through those with (pitching coach Jeremy Hefner) and some of the other guys -- the lessons there for me to learn were good ones and ones that I wanted to take forward, and that's kind of how I'm approaching it.

"... It's something to prove to yourself, that you can compete at that level and contribute, and I think that makes me want to get ready this season even more. Get a chance to play a full season, hopefully, and -- last year felt like a taste and ready to get back and get going again."

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