Over the last calendar year, representing 580 plate appearances, Reds shortstop Jose Peraza has hit .287/.339/.366 with 151 hits, 18 doubles and 3 triples, 72 runs scored and 46 RBI. He has stolen 25 bases (and was caught stealing 5 times).
Peraza is never going to be Barry Larkin at the plate (and he may never be an above-average hitter at all). He has shown very little power, and his walk rate (6.4%) is still below average. His strikeout rate (11.0%), however, is roughly half the league average for 2018. His OBP is well above the league-wide average OBP of .318.
Peraza’s wRC+ over that span is 90, which means he has been a below-average hitter. In 2018 alone, his wRC+ is 97. The National League average wRC+ for a shortstop thus far in 2018 is 89.
Jose Peraza just celebrated his 24th birthday.
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