June 9, 2011
CINCINNATI - University of Cincinnati senior shortstop Chris Peters (Tipp City, Ohio/Tipp City) agreed to a free-agent contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.
A former walk-on, Peters played in 225 career games, which ranks fourth all-time in UC baseball history. He ended his career starting 177 consecutive games for the Bearcats, including every game over the past three seasons.
After four seasons at Cincinnati, Peters etched his name in the UC record book in multiple career statistical categories. He ranks in the Top 10 in at-bats (827 - 3rd), walks (118 - 4th), sacrifice hits (18 - t5th), stolen bases (49 - 6th), hits (226 - 7th), runs (155 - 8th) and doubles (46 - 9th).
The Tipp City, Ohio native improved his batting average each season at Cincinnati, finishing 2011 with a career high in hitting (.298), as well as runs scored (49), hits (68), walks (38), stolen bases (18), slugging (.386) and on-base (.400) percentages.
Peters is the second Bearcat to join a Major League Baseball franchise this week. Senior right-handed pitcher Dan Jensen (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 20th round (625th overall pick) of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday.
LAUMANN TAKEN AT NO. 31: Incoming UC freshman first baseman Jackson Laumann (Florence, Ky./Boone County) was drafted in the 31st round (956th overall pick) by the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. The UC signee will have until Aug. 15 to sign with the Braves or choose to attend Cincinnati in the fall.