Jose Peraza
Jose Peraza
25-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
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
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$Signed a one-year, $2.78 million contract with the Reds in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
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September 16, 2019
Peraza will start at shortstop and bat eighth Monday against the Cubs, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Peraza will crack the lineup for the third straight game and the sixth time in seven contests, but his increased work comes mostly as a result of injuries rather than on merit. Once the primary middle-infield tandem of Freddy Galvis (knee) and Jose Iglesias (back) returns to action, Peraza will likely shift back into a utility role.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .730 455 60 6 31 20 .297 .331 .399
Since 2017vs Right .653 1149 112 19 97 33 .254 .296 .356
2019vs Left .744 116 17 1 6 3 .287 .336 .407
2019vs Right .586 287 20 5 27 4 .220 .265 .321
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
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OPS at Home
OPS on Road
Since 2017Home .665 783 95 14 60 22 .251 .302 .363
Since 2017Away .684 821 77 11 68 31 .280 .311 .373
2019Home .632 199 20 4 13 1 .236 .291 .341
2019Away .630 204 17 2 20 6 .242 .279 .351
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
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Stat Review
How does Jose Peraza compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Exit Velocity
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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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Recalled by Reds
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September 4, 2019
Peraza was recalled by the Reds on Wednesday.
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Sent to Triple-A
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August 27, 2019
Peraza was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday.
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Blocked at second base
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August 14, 2019
Peraza's path to playing time got more crowded with the Reds' acquisition of Freddy Galvis, Mark Sheldon of reports.
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Starting streak ends
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August 12, 2019
Peraza is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Nationals.
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Takes seat Sunday
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August 4, 2019
Peraza is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves.
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