Jose Peraza
Jose Peraza
24-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Cincinnati Reds
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Peraza went from being a risk to lose his starting to job to being a top-10 fantasy shortstop in 2018, adding some power and nearly 30 points of batting average over his 2017 output. Was this breakout for real? The added homer total can mostly be attributed to a change in launch angle. His groundball rate fell from 48% in 2017 to 38.9% last year, and his launch angle on fastballs (which he hit 12 of his 14 homers against) improved from nine degrees to 13 degrees, according to Baseball Savant. That improved his barrel rate from 1.7% to 2.5%, and his average exit velocity improved from 81.9 mph to 83.9 mph. Relative to the rest of the league, however, he was still below average in that regard -- Peraza went from 273rd to 268th among MLB hitters. Peraza turns 25 in April, and improved power is expected at that this age, so some of this might be sustainable. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $2.78 million contract with the Reds in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Avoids arbitration with Reds
SSCincinnati Reds
January 11, 2019
Peraza and the Reds avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.775 contract Friday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The 24-year-old had a solid season for the Reds in 2018, coming to the plate 683 times (tied for 16th-most in the league) and posting a .288/.326/.416 line, good for a 97 wRC+. He matched his steals total from the previous campaign with 23 and hit a career-high 14 homers. He lines up as the team's everyday shortstop again this season.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .735 396 47 6 30 25 .301 .332 .403
Since 2016vs Right .690 1061 113 16 90 42 .277 .316 .375
2018vs Left .774 201 28 4 15 11 .313 .337 .438
2018vs Right .728 482 57 10 43 12 .277 .321 .407
2017vs Left .655 138 15 1 10 6 .282 .319 .336
2017vs Right .609 380 35 4 27 17 .250 .289 .320
2016vs Left .793 57 4 1 5 8 .308 .351 .442
2016vs Right .754 199 21 2 20 13 .328 .352 .402
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Since 2016Home .701 707 89 11 57 32 .273 .319 .383
Since 2016Away .704 750 71 11 63 35 .294 .322 .382
2018Home .762 347 50 7 29 11 .283 .338 .424
2018Away .722 336 35 7 29 12 .292 .313 .409
2017Home .555 237 25 3 18 10 .218 .257 .298
2017Away .678 281 25 2 19 13 .294 .331 .347
2016Home .818 123 14 1 10 11 .350 .382 .436
2016Away .710 133 11 2 15 10 .298 .323 .387
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Many of the Reds' hitters provided a profit in 2017, but Peraza was a stark exception to the list. After hitting .324 with 21 stolen bases over the second half of 2016, many were brimming with anticipation of a 40-plus stolen base season following the Brandon Phillips trade, but Peraza failed to produce. He hit just .259/.297/.324 with 23 stolen bases and lost his full-time second base job to Scooter Gennett. Peraza hit marginally better in the second half of the season (.268/.333/.305) and maintained his shortstop eligibility, but all-in-all this was a disappointing season. He's expected to take over the starting shortstop duties for the Reds in 2018, with Zack Cozart joining the Angels in free agency, but the pressure will be on him to produce right away with Nick Senzel rapidly approaching. His development at shortstop and at the plate this offseason was halted early after he left his Venezuelan Winter League team for personal reasons.
The Reds split Peraza's season between Triple-A Louisville and Cincinnati, with the bulk of his time in the big leagues coming during the second half of the season. The overall production was better against the more difficult competition, as Peraza's contact-heavy approach (12.9 percent strikeout rate) and top-end speed enabled him to post an impressive line at the plate and on the bases in 72 games with Cincinnati. Once Billy Hamilton hit the disabled list in September, Peraza moved into the leadoff spot for his final 25 starts, but he slotted in as the team's No. 2 hitter directly behind Hamilton for a brief stretch in late August. In most leagues, Peraza qualifies as a shortstop and outfielder to begin 2017, and in some, he may also qualify at second base. Thanks to the deal that sent Brandon Phillips to the Braves over the offseason, the top prospect finally will have a full-time spot in the Reds lineup. With a full season's worth of starts, Peraza has the tools to push the 40-steal plateau in 2017.
After batting a combined .339/.364/.441 with 60 stolen bases between two minor league levels for the Braves a year ago, Peraza was viewed as Andrelton Simmons' future double-play partner, a future that was expected to begin sometime in 2015. The Braves, though, saw Peraza take a step back to .294/.318/.379 at Triple-A in 2015 before including him in a deal with the Dodgers. Peraza made his big league debut for the Dodgers on August 10 and hit .182 in 22 at-bats. Peraza doesn't turn 22 until late April, and though his stock is down, the Dodgers decided to sell anyway, trading him to the Reds in a three-way deal with the White Sox. The rebuilding Reds figure to get him regular playing time to determine what Peraza is as a player, though the albatross that is Brandon Phillips could complicate things at the start of the year.
The 20-year-old Peraza solidified his status as the Braves' top prospect by slashing .339/.364/.441 with 60 steals in 75 attempts between High-A Lynchburg and Double-A Mississippi in 2014. He drew a mere 17 walks in 499 plate appearances, but also struck out just 47 times (9.4%) and made major strides against left-handed pitching, batting a robust .379 against southpaws (41-for-108) after hitting just .268/.324/.361 against them in 2013. While Peraza currently possesses little home-run power to speak of, his plus-plus speed allows him to consistently grab extra bases and should afford him the luxury of maintaining high BABIPs at the upper levels. Alberto Callaspo seems like the favorite to open 2015 as the Braves' starting second baseman, but Peraza may push for the job relatively early on.
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Knocks 14th homer
SSCincinnati Reds
September 26, 2018
Peraza went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Wednesday's loss to the Royals.
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Returns from illness
SSCincinnati Reds
September 22, 2018
Peraza is back in the lineup Saturday against Miami after missing Friday's contest due to an illness.
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Late scratch Friday
SSCincinnati Reds
September 21, 2018
Peraza (illness) was removed from Friday's starting lineup against the Marlins prior to the first pitch, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Clubs two-run homer
SSCincinnati Reds
September 18, 2018
Peraza went 2-for-5 with a double and a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.
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Collects two hits and stolen base
SSCincinnati Reds
September 15, 2018
Perez went 2-for-4 with a stolen base in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.
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