Chris Petersen

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Chris Petersen attended and played baseball at Georgia Southern University from 1990 through 1992. In 1992, while playing college baseball for Georgia Southern, Chris was named to the all-Southern Conference second team and the 1992 Southern Conference Tournament all-tournament team. While batting .263 against Southern Conference pitching, Chris was teamed with second baseman Doug Eder to form one of college baseball's best double play combinations. He participated in the 1990 College World Series tournament.

Chris Petersen, whose playing career lasted thirteen seasons beginning in 1992 till 2004, played with ten different clubs affiliated with major league baseball and one independent club. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 9th round of the 1992 amateur draft. He began his career in the Chicago Cubs organization with the short season class A Geneva Cubs of the New York-Penn League in 1992. Petersen would go on to play six more seasons in the minors under contract with the Chicago Cubs. During those six seasons, he played with the Class A Daytona Cubs of the Florida State League in 1993 after being promoted from short season class A. He was promoted once again by the Cubs, this time to Class AA, were he played with the Southern League's Orlando Cubs for two full seasons, 1994 and 1995.

In 1996, Petersen returned to the Orlando Cubs but also played with the American Association's Iowa Cubs after being promoted to AAA. He spent most of the 1996 season in triple-A, playing 63 games for Iowa while playing in 47 games with Orlando. Petersen returned to the Iowa Cubs in 1997, which was the last season of the American Association; he remained with the Iowa Cubs for a second full season during their first season in the Pacific Coast League in 1998. After the 1998 season, Petersen signed with the Colorado Rockies and was assigned to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, also in the Pacific Coast League.

During the 1999 season, Petersen saw his career highlight when he made his Major League debut with the Colorado Rockies. He played a total of seven games with the club. After leaving the Colorado Rockies organization following the season, Petersen joined the Atlanta Braves organization before returning to the Chicago Cubs before the end of the season. During that season, he played mostly in the International League with the Richmond Braves; he also made a return to the Pacific Coast League when he rejoined the Iowa Cubs. The 2001 season saw Petersen play mostly in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization and the Pacific Coast League. He also played in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization that season as well. In 2001, Petersen also returned to AA ball, seeing playing time with the Eastern League's Altoona Curve, but played most of the season in AAA, seeing playing time with the Pacific Coast League's Nashville Sounds and the Tucson Sidewinders.

Petersen was back with the Atlanta Braves organization in 2002 and once again played with the triple-A Richmond Braves of the International league for a full season. Petersen finished his pro baseball playing career playing two seasons, 2003 and 2004, with the independent Atlantic League's Nashua Pride.

During his career, he was a teammate of Pedro Valdes for six seasons professionally, which was longer than any other teammate. He earned $200,000 in 1999. He wore number 2 as his uniform number. He has pitched a few games professionally, but his ERA is well over 10.00.

Petersen lives in Altamonte Springs, FL. He was hitting coach of the West Virginia Power in 2018 and Greensboro Grasshoppers in 2019. He was scheduled to be hitting coach for the Bradenton Marauders in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to Covid-19.

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