Mets pitching prospect David Peterson took the mound Monday afternoon for a spring training matchup with the Nationals, and put together a solid performance.
On the mound for two innings, Peterson allowed just one hit and zero runs, while also striking out two batters before a call to the bullpen was made to end his day.
"It was good." Peterson said on his first outing of spring training. "I felt really good on the mound physically and mentally. I thought Buffalo (Wilson Ramos) and I were on the same page, and it felt good to get out there and compete again."
Peterson also discussed some of his goals for this big league camp.
"Learn as much as I can from the veterans, get my work in, build up for the season and try to help this team at the highest level at some point this year," he said.
Peterson said he's been talking to guys already during spring training, and seeing what they do in terms of attacking hitters.
"I'm talking to guys on the bench when we're facing teams," Peterson said. "I'm seeing what they saw last year from a hitter or in the past, picking their brain about routine. Just watching the older guys that have had a lot of success in this game, the way they go about their business day in and day out."
One of the things Peterson said he's been working on this spring is his velocity. After seeing his pitches come in at low 90s, Peterson was consistently gunned around 93 or 94 mph, and contributed it to using his lower body more when he throws.
"I worked my legs in the offseason, so I might as well use them during the season," Peterson said. "Just really trying to tap into getting the most out of my lower half that I can."