The story via Baseball America -
Heralded more for its basketball program, Temple is hardly known as a haven for baseball prospects.
Since 1992, when the Tigers drafted Bobby Higginson in the 12th round out of Temple, the Owls have had just one winning season and produced just four draft picks.
But come next spring, scouts might be flocking to Philadelphia—and they might do a double take.
That’s because Temple is armed with a pair of Petersons: junior pitchers and identical twins Patrick and Eric. The duo headlines Temple’s weekend rotation as the program makes its initial foray into the newly formed American Athletic Conference. They have their sights set on turning around the team’s recent baseball misfortunes.
“For us, the goal will be to make the AAC tournament and then go from there,” said Patrick, the team’s Friday starter.
“It’s going to definitely be a step up in competition from the Atlantic-10, but we’re excited about that,” echoed older brother Eric, just a minute Patrick’s senior. “We play teams now that were in the Big East, like Louisville and UConn, so that definitely will be a step up. But we know we can play with them, and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”
The brothers have much more in common than just their desire to win this spring. For starters, they each enjoyed incredible high school careers while attending the Charter School of Wilmington, Del., where both of them set separate state records.
Patrick, a lanky 6-foot-3, 190-pound lefthander, was 7-1, 0.94 with 110 strikeouts in 56 innings as a senior. He issued just four walks all season, establishing a state benchmark for control.
Eric, a slightly more physical 6-foot-4, 215-pound righthander, posted a 5-0, 0.53 senior season. But it was one performance his junior year—a 20-strikeout masterpiece—that earned him a Delaware state record for most punchouts in a seven-inning game.
Twin brothers reaching the major leagues is among the rarest of baseball family feats, according to Baseball-Almanac.com. In all, just nine pairs of twins have accomplished it, the most recognizable of whom are Jose and Ozzie Canseco.
Last spring, David and Ryan Ledbetter, the Rangers’ third and 19th-rounders, respectively, out of NAIA Cedarville (Ohio), began their attempt to become the 10th twins to don big league jerseys. Perhaps Temple’s Petersons will race them to the top.
The Peterson twins…when I say it…it sounds like a couple of girls that Potsie and Ralph were chasing after on Happy Days…