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Liam Peterson has lofty goals regardless of MLB draft outcome
Liam Peterson participated in the 2022 Perfect Game All-American Classic at Chase Field. (Credit: Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Liam Peterson has lofty goals regardless of MLB draft outcome

CLEARWATER, Fla. (BVM) – When Liam Peterson started playing baseball, he was already a step ahead. Years prior, he was learning all of the aspects of the game from his cousin, who was four years his elder.

He started by getting into tee-ball, and as most kids were trying to figure out which way to run the bases, Peterson had already developed a well-informed IQ for baseball despite his age.

This IQ allowed him to turn a quadruple play. Yes, quadruple.

The league he was playing in allowed teams to hit around the entire order rather than count outs. So when Peterson lunged to make a diving catch from the pitcher’s mound with the bases loaded, he was then able to run to each bag to get an out as the runners did not tag up.

“That’s a memory that still sticks with me to this day,” Peterson said. “With the excitement that I had in that moment, that’s when I really knew how much I loved it (baseball).”

While Peterson may not be that far ahead of his competition anymore, he is still ahead.

Now he is a high school senior at Calvary Christian High School and is the No. 36 prospect for the upcoming draft according to MLB.com

At 6-foot-5, Peterson already sits in the 90s with his fastball and has an advanced slider for his age.

As a junior in 2022, he finished the year with a 0.75 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 37.1 innings.

But Peterson is not the only pitcher in the Calvary Christian rotation with a bright future. They also have Landen Maroudis and Hunter Dietz, both Power 5 commits and prospects for this year’s draft.

With all of that talent on the staff, they all benefit from one another.

“We’re all really good friends and we bounce ideas off of each other,” Peterson said. “They’re always gonna make me compete at my best.”

To no surprise, Peterson is also a Power 5 commit. In January of his sophomore year, he announced his commitment to the University of Florida.

Peterson grew up a Gators fan, but on top of that, his relationship with the coaches, the new facilities and the weather made the decision make sense from all fronts.

“I felt like it was a pretty genuine want for me to succeed from all the coaches there,” Peterson said. “It’s a really good program.”

Depending on the results of the MLB draft in July, Peterson may not head to Gainesville, and instead, start his professional career in the minor leagues. But for the time being, he is just focused on what he can control.

“At the end of the day, it’s pretty far away,” Peterson said. “It’s something I’m excited for, but I’m focused on my high school team and hopefully winning a state championship.”

In terms of long-term goals, he has aspirations of multiple Cy Young awards and the Hall of Fame. Like many of the greats that the game has seen, Peterson has the highest expectations for himself.

“Hopefully, when I reach the end of my playing time, I can say that I achieved that.”