David Peralta
David Peralta
31-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Arizona Diamondbacks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Who says pitchers can’t hit? The former minor-league pitcher had a resurgent power season at the dish around all the talk of the humidor sucking the life out of the offense in Arizona. The 30 homers were easily a career best, but Peralta’s overall offensive production in 2018 looked a lot like 2015 except he had more playing time this time around. The other side of that was his HR/FB ratio nearly doubling from 2017, with more of his doubles and triples of the past becoming souvenirs in 2018. Peralta’s splits have not wavered throughout his career in that he does an inordinate amount of his damage against righties while lefties have little trouble with him. Last year was no exception as Peralta was 50% better than the league average against righties while he was 14% below it against lefties. There is some regression coming in 2019 for Peralta, but this is still a very solid offensive producer. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Diamondbacks in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Slumping in spring
OFArizona Diamondbacks
March 13, 2019
Peralta went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Wednesday's game against the Rockies.
ANALYSIS
Peralta is hitting just .185 with nine strikeouts over 27 at-bats in the Cactus League. It's unlike him to start so slowly as Peralta is a career .303 hitter in spring training. The 31-year-old, who mashed 30 home runs last season -- a career high by far -- is ticketed to be the primary left fielder, though he could lose starts to the recently acquired Adam Jones. Peralta's had trouble hitting lefties during his career, so having the right-handed-batting Jones start in left against southpaws is conceivable.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+23%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+37%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .703 379 35 11 38 2 .246 .311 .391
Since 2016vs Right .863 995 145 37 121 12 .303 .357 .506
2018vs Left .693 187 15 8 22 0 .237 .294 .399
2018vs Right .946 427 60 22 65 4 .318 .377 .568
2017vs Left .711 148 16 2 13 2 .269 .338 .373
2017vs Right .825 429 66 12 44 6 .302 .357 .468
2016vs Left .717 44 4 1 3 0 .211 .295 .421
2016vs Right .731 139 19 3 12 2 .263 .295 .436
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+32%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .885 710 100 27 88 9 .311 .361 .524
Since 2016Away .747 664 80 21 71 5 .262 .327 .420
2018Home .988 303 41 16 45 2 .341 .393 .595
2018Away .750 311 34 14 42 2 .246 .312 .438
2017Home .826 292 43 8 33 6 .297 .356 .470
2017Away .764 285 39 6 24 2 .290 .347 .417
2016Home .764 115 16 3 10 1 .270 .287 .477
2016Away .659 68 7 1 5 1 .217 .309 .350
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Stat Review
How does David Peralta 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.
BB/K
0.39
 
BB Rate
7.8%
 
K Rate
20.2%
 
BABIP
.328
 
ISO
.223
 
AVG
.293
 
OBP
.352
 
SLG
.516
 
OPS
.868
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
Players will often take big steps forward in their third season at the big-league level. Peralta did not do that, but he did take steps back toward the player he was in 2015 before injuries marred his 2016 season. He gets on base at a solid rate but isn't given the green light on the base paths due to the fact he has a below-average stolen base conversion rate. The other issue with him is despite his ability to hit to all fields and hit lefties just enough to stay on the field, his power upside is limited by his inability to consistently loft the baseball (27.7 career flyball percentage). Chase Field's new humidor only makes his power outlook more bleak. The league is focused on launch angle and Peralta has a 2.0 groundball-to-flyball ratio in his last two full seasons. His offensive profile is a dime a dozen unless he retools his swing to get more loft on his batted balls in 2018.
Following a breakout 2015 season, 2016 was pretty much a lost cause for Peralta. The 29-year-old outfielder made three trips to the DL and only appeared in 48 games as he dealt with wrist and back injuries. He ended up getting shut down for good in August and finished with a .728 OPS, a far cry from the .893 OPS he posted in 2015. The injuries and natural regression are the top reasons for his decline on a per-plate-appearance basis. Peralta also struggles mightily against lefties (65 career wRC+) and the Diamondbacks have not yet moved him to a strict platoon, so that will suppress his batting average slightly until he is given a platoon partner. Keep an eye on his offseason recovery from August wrist surgery. If everything goes smoothly, Peralta could be a solid rebound candidate heading into 2017. His cost on draft day will no doubt dip from a season ago, and if he can approach the pace of his 2015 numbers (17 home runs and 78 RBI in 462 at-bats), Peralta will end up being a useful fantasy asset.
Peralta had a breakout 2015 season. The Venezuelan outfielder hit .312 (eighth best in the National League), slugged 17 home runs and drove in 78. He also led the National League with 10 triples. Peralta received 169 more plate appearances than he did in 2014, as he established himself as Arizona’s regular left fielder. He was neutralized somewhat by left-handed pitching (.250 batting average, versus .325 against righties), so Arizona will probably look to give him the occasional day off in 2016 when a tough lefty is on the hill. Lacking a lengthy track record, there is some concern that the unheralded Peralta, who was playing independent baseball just four years ago, will regress in 2016. However, he would still be a very useful fantasy outfielder even if he only does 90 percent of what he did in 2015. There will be those who are pessimistic about Peralta’s breakout, so his price on draft day should be very reasonable.
Originally signed out as a pitcher out of Venezuela by the Cardinals in 2004, Peralta never made it above rookie ball in the St. Louis organization, showing a live arm but battling shoulder issues and ultimately getting released in 2009. Following a return to his home country, Peralta resurfaced in North America as an outfielder in independent ball in 2011. The Diamondbacks gave him a look in 2013, signing him to a minor league deal and assigning him to High-A Visalia where he impressed with a .346/.370/.534 line over 51 games. A strong showing at Double-A Mobile to begin 2014 paired with a slew of injuries in the Arizona outfield opened the door for Peralta's first taste of the big leagues, and he became a regular from June 1 on. He could reprise a similar role in 2015, perhaps playing on the larger side of a platoon after hitting .312/.342/.506 against right-handed pitching in his big league debut. There may still be projection left in Peralta's bat given his limited experience as a professional hitter, but he will need to show a more discerning eye at the plate to take the next step after walking in just 4.6% of his plate appearances with the big club last season.
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Reaches agreement with Arizona
OFArizona Diamondbacks
January 11, 2019
Peralta signed a one-year, $7 million deal contract with the Diamondbacks on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
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Rides pine Sunday
OFArizona Diamondbacks
September 30, 2018
Peralta is not in the lineup Sunday against the Padres.
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Goes yard in win
OFArizona Diamondbacks
September 27, 2018
Peralta went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk and two strikeouts in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers.
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Situated on bench
OFArizona Diamondbacks
September 24, 2018
Peralta is not in the lineup Monday against the Dodgers.
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Cranks 29th homer
OFArizona Diamondbacks
September 21, 2018
Peralta went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Arizona's 6-2 loss to Colorado on Friday.
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