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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 37)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
251 .239 6 23 27 0 80 -0.6
Birth Date5-28-1982
Height6' 2"
Weight225 lbs
Age36 years, 9 months, 20 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
4.22015
-0.42016
-0.22017
2018
-0.62019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2003 CLE 21 77 270 55 10 1 4 20 65 4 1 3 .227 .295 .326 64 -11.5 1.0 7.0 0.7
2004 CLE 22 8 28 6 1 0 0 3 6 0 0 1 .240 .321 .280 80 -0.7 0.1 0.2 0.1
2005 CLE 23 141 570 147 35 4 24 58 128 3 0 2 .292 .366 .520 125 17.8 -0.2 -1.8 4.0
2006 CLE 24 149 632 146 28 3 13 56 152 1 0 1 .257 .323 .385 90 -5.1 -3.4 11.6 3.0
2007 CLE 25 152 647 155 27 1 21 61 146 4 4 4 .270 .341 .430 100 2.7 -2.4 -2.4 2.5
2008 CLE 26 154 664 167 42 4 23 48 126 4 3 1 .276 .331 .473 106 6.9 0.0 -3.1 3.1
2009 CLE 27 151 645 148 35 1 11 51 134 4 0 2 .254 .316 .375 85 -10.2 -6.0 -5.3 0.0
2010 CLE 28 91 373 82 23 2 7 32 69 1 1 0 .246 .308 .389 102 1.2 -5.6 4.9 1.3
2010 DET 28 57 242 55 7 0 8 21 34 0 0 0 .253 .314 .396 103 1.1 -0.6 -1.3 0.8
2011 DET 29 146 576 157 25 3 21 40 95 2 0 2 .299 .345 .478 121 14.2 -1.9 1.1 3.8
2012 DET 30 150 585 127 32 3 13 49 105 2 1 2 .239 .305 .384 93 -4.2 -0.8 -5.1 1.4
2013 DET 31 107 448 124 30 0 11 35 98 1 3 3 .303 .358 .457 115 8.3 -2.8 8.4 3.4
2014 SLN 32 157 628 147 38 0 21 58 112 6 3 2 .263 .336 .443 117 11.7 -3.1 4.9 4.1
2015 SLN 33 155 640 159 26 1 17 50 111 5 1 4 .275 .334 .411 110 9.5 -1.7 6.4 4.2
2016 SLN 34 82 313 75 17 1 8 20 56 1 0 0 .260 .307 .408 90 -3.0 -3.4 -8.1 -0.4
2017 SLN 35 21 58 11 0 0 0 4 13 0 0 0 .204 .259 .204 72 -1.9 -1.5 -0.6 -0.2
Career179873191761376242026061450381727.267.329.42310336.9-32.516.831.8

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2000 CGA A SAL 0 410 .000 .000 .000 .332 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 KIN A+ CRL 125 505 .000 .000 .000 .344 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 AKR AA EAS 130 538 .000 .000 .000 .321 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 CLE MLB AL 77 270 .263 .322 .420 .291 95 -8.5 7.4 3.5 64 12 7.0 1.0 -11.5 0.7
2003 BUF AAA INT 63 258 .000 .000 .000 .309 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CLE MLB AL 8 28 .278 .329 .437 .316 100 -1.3 0.8 0.3 80 17 0.2 0.1 -0.7 0.1
2004 BUF AAA INT 138 623 .000 .000 .000 .400 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CLE MLB AL 141 570 .270 .329 .432 .346 100 28.4 16.4 7.5 125 10 -1.8 -0.2 17.8 4.0
2006 CLE MLB AL 149 632 .272 .334 .437 .327 108 -15.9 19.0 8.6 90 6 11.6 -3.4 -5.1 3.0
2007 CLE MLB AL 152 647 .269 .334 .426 .324 99 7.9 19.2 8.8 100 7 -2.4 -2.4 2.7 2.5
2008 CLE MLB AL 154 664 .265 .332 .416 .312 104 7.7 19.2 7.8 106 10 -3.1 0.0 6.9 3.1
2009 CLE MLB AL 151 645 .263 .330 .420 .309 102 -12 18.6 3.3 85 10 -5.3 -6.0 -10.2 0.0
2010 CLE MLB AL 91 373 .255 .320 .403 .284 107 -2.5 10.3 1.4 102 9 4.9 -5.6 1.2 1.3
2010 DET MLB AL 57 242 .263 .327 .410 .263 115 -2.1 6.7 2.2 103 9 -1.3 -0.6 1.1 0.8
2011 DET MLB AL 146 576 .260 .320 .406 .325 108 11.3 15.5 7.1 121 7 1.1 -1.9 14.2 3.8
2012 DET MLB AL 150 585 .256 .320 .414 .275 105 -11.7 16.0 7.3 93 9 -5.1 -0.8 -4.2 1.4
2013 DET MLB AL 107 448 .259 .323 .404 .374 100 14.3 11.8 5.2 115 9 8.4 -2.8 8.3 3.4
2014 SLN MLB NL 157 628 .247 .310 .379 .292 102 14.6 16.2 7.3 117 9 4.9 -3.1 11.7 4.1
2015 SLN MLB NL 155 640 .255 .317 .402 .311 98 8.4 17.3 7.6 110 8 6.4 -1.7 9.5 4.2
2016 SLN MLB NL 82 313 .256 .320 .420 .294 96 -1.6 8.9 1.3 90 11 -8.1 -3.4 -3.0 -0.4
2016 PEO A MID 5 13 .248 .296 .343 .250 95 -0.9 0.3 0 94 0 0.2 0.2 -0.3 0.0
2016 PMB A+ FSL 4 16 .258 .322 .378 .286 87 0.7 0.5 0.1 134 0 -0.6 0.6 0.2 0.1
2016 SFD AA TEX 1 3 .249 .324 .365 .000 101 -0.1 0.1 0 72 0 0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2017 SLN MLB NL 21 58 .249 .314 .422 .268 99 -4.6 1.7 0.2 72 13 -0.6 -1.5 -1.9 -0.2
2017 PMB A+ FSL 3 8 .245 .298 .335 .500 82 -0.5 0.2 0 51 0 0.0 0.0 -0.6 0.0
2017 MEM AAA PCL 3 12 .278 .345 .448 .400 90 0.9 0.4 0.1 123 0 0.3 -0.4 0.2 0.1
2017 PAW AAA INT 10 41 .230 .302 .358 .214 94 -2.5 1.2 -0.5 59 0 0.0 0.0 -2.3 -0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2000 CGA A SAL 410 349 52 84 13 1 3 108 34 59 102 7 6 .241 .354 .309 .069 0 0
2001 KIN A+ CRL 505 441 57 106 24 2 7 155 47 58 148 4 8 .240 .329 .351 .111 2 2
2002 AKR AA EAS 538 470 62 132 28 5 15 215 62 45 97 4 2 .281 .345 .457 .177 7 7
2003 CLE MLB AL 270 242 24 55 10 1 4 79 21 20 65 1 3 .227 .295 .326 .099 2 2
2003 BUF AAA INT 258 237 25 61 12 1 1 78 21 15 45 1 3 .257 .306 .329 .072 3 3
2004 CLE MLB AL 28 25 2 6 1 0 0 7 2 3 6 0 1 .240 .321 .280 .040 0 0
2004 BUF AAA INT 623 556 109 181 44 2 15 274 86 54 126 8 4 .326 .389 .493 .167 0 0
2005 CLE MLB AL 570 504 82 147 35 4 24 262 78 58 128 0 2 .292 .366 .520 .228 4 1
2006 CLE MLB AL 632 569 84 146 28 3 13 219 68 56 152 0 1 .257 .323 .385 .128 3 3
2007 CLE MLB AL 647 574 87 155 27 1 21 247 72 61 146 4 4 .270 .341 .430 .160 7 1
2008 CLE MLB AL 664 605 104 167 42 4 23 286 89 48 126 3 1 .276 .331 .473 .197 5 2
2009 CLE MLB AL 645 582 57 148 35 1 11 218 83 51 134 0 2 .254 .316 .375 .120 6 2
2010 CLE MLB AL 373 334 37 82 23 2 7 130 43 32 69 1 0 .246 .308 .389 .144 6 0
2010 DET MLB AL 242 217 23 55 7 0 8 86 38 21 34 0 0 .253 .314 .396 .143 4 0
2011 DET MLB AL 576 525 68 157 25 3 21 251 86 40 95 0 2 .299 .345 .478 .179 9 0
2012 DET MLB AL 585 531 58 127 32 3 13 204 63 49 105 1 2 .239 .305 .384 .145 2 1
2013 DET MLB AL 448 409 50 124 30 0 11 187 55 35 98 3 3 .303 .358 .457 .154 2 1
2014 SLN MLB NL 628 560 61 147 38 0 21 248 75 58 112 3 2 .263 .336 .443 .180 4
2015 SLN MLB NL 640 579 64 159 26 1 17 238 71 50 111 1 4 .275 .334 .411 .136 6 0
2016 SFD AA TEX 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .333 .000 .000 0 0
2016 PMB A+ FSL 16 14 2 4 3 0 0 7 1 2 0 0 0 .286 .375 .500 .214 0 0
2016 PEO A MID 13 13 2 3 1 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 .231 .231 .308 .077 0 0
2016 SLN MLB NL 313 289 37 75 17 1 8 118 29 20 56 0 0 .260 .307 .408 .149 3 0
2017 MEM AAA PCL 12 11 2 4 1 0 0 5 2 1 1 0 0 .364 .417 .455 .091 0 0
2017 PMB A+ FSL 8 8 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .000 0 0
2017 SLN MLB NL 58 54 3 11 0 0 0 11 0 4 13 0 0 .204 .259 .204 .000 0 0
2017 PAW AAA INT 41 40 4 8 1 0 2 15 5 0 11 0 0 .200 .195 .375 .175 1 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 2419 0.5056 0.5027 0.7706 0.6852 0.3161 0.8508 0.5926 0.2294 -0.0135
2009 2482 0.5205 0.4658 0.7673 0.6525 0.2630 0.8256 0.6102 0.2327 0.0010
2010 2397 0.4889 0.4844 0.7898 0.6766 0.3004 0.8701 0.6168 0.2102 -0.0079
2011 2186 0.5105 0.4758 0.7904 0.6703 0.2729 0.8757 0.5719 0.2096 -0.0022
2012 2289 0.4972 0.4832 0.7902 0.6793 0.2893 0.8810 0.5796 0.2098 -0.0036
2013 1734 0.4937 0.4764 0.7470 0.7009 0.2574 0.8233 0.5442 0.2530 0.0076
2014 2451 0.4933 0.4888 0.7663 0.7130 0.2705 0.8561 0.5357 0.2337 -0.0077
2015 2417 0.4683 0.5039 0.7693 0.7527 0.2848 0.8627 0.5519 0.2307 -0.0094
2016 1200 0.4783 0.4625 0.7928 0.6864 0.2572 0.8731 0.5963 0.2072 0.0000
2017 214 0.5047 0.5000 0.7850 0.7222 0.2736 0.9359 0.3793 0.2150 0.0000
Career197890.49620.48430.77570.69130.28100.85820.57560.2243-0.0046

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-03-11 2013-03-12 Camp 1 0 - General Medical Illness - -
2010-07-16 2010-07-18 DTD 2 3 General Medical Illness Fever -
2009-05-24 2009-05-25 DTD 1 1 Right Wrist Sprain -
2009-04-17 2009-04-18 DTD 1 1 Left Elbow Contusion -
2008-08-14 2008-08-14 DTD 0 0 Hand Contusion HBP -
2007-03-31 2007-04-01 Camp 1 0 Head Concussion HBP -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 SLN $10,000,000
2016 SLN $12,500,000
2015 SLN $15,000,000
2014 SLN $15,500,000
2013 DET $6,000,000
2012 DET $5,500,000
2011 DET $5,250,000
2010 CLE $4,850,000
2009 CLE $3,400,000
2008 CLE $2,250,000
2007 CLE $750,000
2006 CLE $500,000
2005 CLE $316,700
YearsDescriptionSalary
13 yrPrevious$81,816,700
13 yrTotal$81,816,700

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
12 y 118 dMDR Sports4 years/$53M (2014-17)

Details
  • 4 years/$53M (2014-17). Signed by St. Louis as a free agent 11/24/13. 14:$15.5M, 15:$15M, 16:$12.5M, 17:$10M. Limited no-trade protection. DFA by St. Louis 6/9/17. Released 6/13/17. Signed by Boston as a free agent 6/23/17 (minor-league contract).
  • 2 years/$11.25M (2011-12), plus 2013 club option. Re-signed by Detroit as a free agent 11/8/10. 11:$5.25M, 12:$5.5M, 13:$6M club option ($0.5M buyout). Award bonuses, including $50,000 for All-Star selection. Detroit exercised 2013 option 10/30/12. Placed on restricted list 8/5/13 (PED violation stemming from Biogenesis case). Activated from restricted list 9/26/13.
  • 5 years/$13M (2006-10), plus 2011 club option. Signed extension with Cleveland 3/06. $1.25M signing bonus. 06:$0.5M, 07:$0.75M, 08:$2.25M, 09:$3.4M, 10:$4.6M, 11:$7M club option, $0.25M buyout. Replaced contract signed 2/06 (1 yr/$0.3773M). Acquired by Detroit in trade from Cleveland 7/28/10. Detroit declined 2011 club option 11/2/10.
  • 1 year/$0.3167M (2005). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/05 (split contract paying $124,200 in minors. Award bonus: $10,000 for All-Star.
  • 1 year/$0.3074M (2004). Re-signed by Cleveland 2/04 (split contract paying $141,600 in minors). Optioned to Triple-A 3/04, recalled 9/04.
  • 1 year (2003). Contract purchased 11/02, re-signed 3/03, optioned to Triple-A 3/03, recalled 6/03, optioned to Triple-A 6/03.
  • Signed by Cleveland 1999 as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 312 35 79 16 1 8 36 25 62 1 1 .279 .342 .428 105 10.0 3B -4, SS 0 0.6
80o 291 31 71 15 1 7 33 22 59 1 1 .268 .328 .411 97 5.5 3B -4, SS 0 0.1
70o 276 29 65 13 1 7 30 20 57 0 0 .258 .316 .401 91 2.5 3B -4, SS 0 -0.1
60o 263 26 59 12 1 6 28 18 56 0 0 .245 .302 .378 85 0.2 3B -4, SS 0 -0.4
50o 251 24 55 11 1 6 26 17 54 0 0 .238 .295 .372 81 -1.8 3B -4, SS 0 -0.6
40o 239 23 51 11 1 5 24 16 52 0 0 .232 .289 .359 76 -3.5 3B -3, SS 0 -0.7
30o 226 21 47 10 1 5 22 14 50 0 0 .225 .279 .354 71 -5.2 3B -3, SS 0 -0.9
20o 211 19 42 9 1 4 20 13 47 0 0 .214 .265 .332 65 -6.9 3B -3, SS 0 -1.1
10o 190 16 36 7 1 4 17 11 44 0 0 .203 .253 .322 56 -8.8 3B -3, SS 0 -1.2
Weighted Mean2562558121627185500.247.305.38383-0.93B -4, SS 0-0.5

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
2020381231326603129270.230.290.35677-0.3-0.8-0.9-0.73.2-2.3-1.7
20213992101940296200.224.282.34473-0.2-0.9-0.7-0.62.4-2.0-1.3
20224095101940297210.222.280.34271-0.3-1.1-0.7-0.62.4-2.2-1.3
2023417381430175160.222.281.33871-0.2-0.9-0.6-0.51.9-1.7-1.0
2024426261330164140.221.279.33369-0.2-0.9-0.5-0.41.6-1.5-0.9
2025436061230164140.219.278.32868-0.2-0.9-0.5-0.51.6-1.5-0.8
2026446161230164140.218.277.32768-0.2-1.0-0.5-0.51.6-1.6-0.9
2027456161230154140.217.276.32467-0.2-1.0-0.5-0.51.6-1.6-0.9
2028466161230154140.216.275.32167-0.2-1.1-0.5-0.51.6-1.6-0.9

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 80)

Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend
1 91 Juan Uribe 2016 77
2 89 Joe Randa 2007 0 DNP
3 88 Richie Hebner 1985 77
4 88 Mark DeRosa 2012 74
5 88 Denny Walling 1991 59
6 88 Frank Baker 1923 0 DNP
7 87 Adam Kennedy 2013 0 DNP
8 87 Doug Decinces 1988 0 DNP
9 87 Scott Rolen 2012 92
10 86 Pie Traynor 1936 0 DNP
11 86 Miguel Tejada 2011 73
12 86 Todd Zeile 2003 92
13 86 Cal Ripken Jr. 1998 90
14 86 Brooks Robinson 1974 112
15 86 Melvin Mora 2009 89
16 85 Michael Young 2014 0 DNP
17 85 Sal Bando 1981 90
18 85 Geoff Blum 2010 81
19 85 Ken Boyer 1968 104
20 85 Eric Chavez 2015 0 DNP
21 84 Ed Charles 1970 0 DNP
22 84 Phil Garner 1986 102
23 84 Tim Wallach 1995 93
24 83 Larry Gardner 1923 98
25 82 Carlos Baerga 2006 0 DNP
26 82 Bob Elliott 1954 0 DNP
27 82 Jay Bell 2003 82
28 80 Jose Pagan 1972 96
29 80 Matt Williams 2003 93
30 80 Buddy Bell 1989 78
31 80 Charlie Hayes 2002 0 DNP
32 80 Jimmy Johnston 1927 0 DNP
33 80 Del Pratt 1925 0 DNP
34 79 Casey Blake 2011 83
35 79 Ken Griffey 1987 109
36 79 Aramis Ramirez 2015 96
37 79 Tino Martinez 2005 111
38 79 Heinie Manush 1939 66
39 78 Chris Chambliss 1986 98
40 78 Mark Ellis 2014 60
41 78 Graig Nettles 1982 105
42 78 Bobby Veach 1925 105
43 78 Jimmy Dykes 1934 93
44 78 Ted Kluszewski 1962 0 DNP
45 78 Goose Goslin 1938 85
46 78 Jeff Cirillo 2007 83
47 78 Carl Furillo 1959 83
48 78 Tony Oliva 1976 67
49 78 Rich Aurilia 2009 62
50 78 Bing Miller 1932 97
51 78 B.J. Surhoff 2002 93
52 78 Jeff Conine 2003 111
53 78 Bud Stewart 1953 120
54 78 Bobby Bonilla 2000 98
55 78 Garret Anderson 2009 87
56 78 Frank Malzone 1967 0 DNP
57 78 Lyle Overbay 2014 92
58 77 Mike Sweeney 2011 0 DNP
59 77 Pete Rose 1978 111
60 77 Steve Finley 2002 122
61 77 Andy Pafko 1958 86
62 77 Jerry Hairston 2013 81
63 77 Chris Gomez 2008 78
64 77 Brian Jordan 2004 74
65 77 Eddie Brown 1929 0 DNP
66 77 Alan Trammell 1995 91
67 77 Randy Winn 2011 0 DNP
68 77 Don Money 1984 0 DNP
69 77 Roberto Alomar 2005 0 DNP
70 77 Damion Easley 2007 118
71 77 Dale Long 1963 81
72 77 Brian Roberts 2015 0 DNP
73 76 Ray Durham 2009 0 DNP
74 76 Joe Kuhel 1943 95
75 76 Lou Piniella 1981 117
76 76 Edd Roush 1930 0 DNP
77 76 Miguel Cairo 2011 103
78 76 Pedro Guerrero 1993 0 DNP
79 76 Jim Davenport 1971 0 DNP
80 76 Randy Velarde 2000 98
81 76 Joe Torre 1978 0 DNP
82 76 Ray Boone 1961 0 DNP
83 76 Gary Redus 1994 85
84 76 Kevin Millar 2009 93
85 76 Ryne Sandberg 1997 77
86 76 Gary Carter 1991 99
87 76 Jorge Orta 1988 0 DNP
88 76 Willie Bloomquist 2015 61
89 76 Rod Barajas 2013 0 DNP
90 76 Tom Brookens 1991 0 DNP
91 76 Mike Lowell 2011 0 DNP
92 76 Chuck Klein 1942 73
93 76 Felipe Alou 1972 108
94 76 David Segui 2004 91
95 76 Sherm Lollar 1962 95
96 76 Bill Madlock 1988 0 DNP
97 76 Frank McCormick 1948 87
98 75 Ted Simmons 1987 94
99 75 Chris Speier 1987 101
100 75 Jay Johnstone 1983 102

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2018 Enron stock declined more gently than Jhonny Peralta. He was released by the Cardinals on June 13, then by the Red Sox exactly one month later.
2017 It’s been years since Peralta looked like a normal shortstop and last summer he finally stopped fielding like one, as the husky veteran looked stiff and immobile and spent most of his time at third base leaking puddles of value onto the infield dirt. Even worse, the thumb injury that cost him most of the first half seemed to affect his swing and his approach, as Peralta’s walk rate plummeted and he posted a .248/.283/.403 line through August before righting the ship somewhat down the stretch. At age 35 he may never again be a viable answer at shortstop or swing enough lumber for the hot corner, but Peralta has long defied expectations and his career descent may well follow the long, slow Juan Uribe glide path.
2016 From the spelling of his first name to his defensive reputation and career arc, nothing is ever what it seems with Peralta—not even his contract. Most free-agent pacts are structured so the dollars are paid out evenly or at an escalating rate, as a means for teams to save coins using the time value of money. Peralta's is not. Halfway through his four-year deal, he's already made nearly 60 percent ($30.5 million) of the contract's total payout ($53 million). It's turned out to be a beneficial arrangement for both sides, since Peralta makes more money than he would have otherwise, and the Cardinals will have less of their budget promised to shortstop entering his mid-30s. Not that Peralta's age is affecting him yet. He had another solid season at the plate (his fourth above-average effort in five tries), and his ability to actually improve as a shortstop in his 30s (and with his body type!) gives hope to every old Buick out there. Peralta's contract didn't look like a steal at the time, but it's proved to be a bargain of a deal, albeit an unusual one.
2015 Peralta has had one of the more interesting careers around, as the former Indian was exiled to third base due to defensive woes, found success at shortstop in Detroit, was suspended 50 games due to his link to Biogenesis, signed a surprisingly large four-year deal with St. Louis and led the Cardinals in WARP last year while earning a few down-ballot MVP votes. Through it all he's exhibited prodigious thump for a shortstop, especially against lefties, but the most surprising development is his transformation into a plus defensive player. Shortstops' gloves are supposed to turn to vinegar, not wine, but Peralta has become more reliable in the field each year, making up for lackluster range with soft hands and good instincts. As long as he can stick on the left side of the infield, Peralta's bat will earn his pay.
2014 A PED suspension derailed what could have been a career year for Peralta, who made the All-Star team and nearly matched a career-best TAv. Instead, he got a long summer vacation. Back just in time for the playoffs, Peralta earned the forgiveness of teammates and fans with an .898 postseason OPS, and an anything-for-the-team willingness to move to left field. He signed with the Cardinals, who, being both sensible and in need of a shortstop, won't want to revisit the outfield experiment.
2013 After an excellent 2011 campaign, Peralta regressed to his 2009-10 levels. The doubles that had turned into home runs couldnt handle success and went back to life as doubles. He also shifted a large chunk of his fly balls into groundballs, many of which were turned into outs, resulting in a career-low 127 hits. Despite the downturn, he is easily worth his $6 million option, especially in a paper-thin free-agent market at the position. The Tigers wasted no time bringing him back. He has averaged 48 extra-base hits the last four years, with no more than 49 and no fewer than 47, but the distribution between the doubles and home runs seems to bounce around. The Tigers would gladly trade some doubles on Tuesday for some home runs today.
2012 Last year in these pages we questioned Dombrowskis decision to re-up the left side of the Tigers infield with multi-year deals. As right as we were about Brandon Inge, thats how wrong we were about Peralta, who last year ranked among the top shortstops in the American League. Peralta made good on his promise of improved flexibility and conditioning to play above-average defense, offsetting his limited range with sure hands and an accurate arm, and hitting for both power and average. That last part wont continue so long as he gets under nearly two-thirds of his balls in play; odds are that more of those fly balls will settle into outfielders mitts going forward. Even so, now that he has rediscovered his shortstop glove, he has a much lower offensive bar to clear, meaning he can survive a likely drop in OBP and still remain an asset.
2011 The Tigers traded for Peralta at midseason to help shore up the left side of their infield, and the former Indians third baseman impressed his new employers enough to wrangle a new two-year deal at shortstop. What made Peralta special earlier in his career, other than his unique taste in consonant placement, was an ability to provide punch at shortstop, but theres little in his recent history to suggest that he remains either an offensive force or a shortstop. Sure, he launched a few more bombs last year, but Peraltas single-minded quest to renew his sluggers license caused his ground-ball rate to fall an astonishing 16 percent, further eroding an already sub-par batting average and OBP. While his bat plays better at shortstop, his glove certainly doesnttheres a reason the Tribe exiled him to the hot cornermaking this a regretful decision on several levels.
2010 Since 2005, the hot corner has been an offensive black hole for the Indians. A logical change was to have the emerging Asdrubal Cabrera play short and move the increasingly immobile Peralta to third. Unfortunately, Peraltas OPS dropped over 100 points after the move, and it wasn't just a bout of bad luckhis BABIP stayed about the same. For the first time since his rookie season in 2003, he hit more ground balls than flies. When he did hit a fly ball, they only went out of the park 5.6 percent of the time, as compared to his 9.7 percent average over the previous two seasons. These two factors led to his home-run rate to be cut in half, which makes up for most of his significant drop in OPS. Peralta has never been the most consistent player, but given the gross similarities of his 2007-2008 seasons, any bounce-back seems likely to be similar in formgood, but just barely that.
2009 After two seasons of frustration, the power that Peralta displayed in 2006 returned, as he set a franchise record for extra-base hits by a shortstop (surpassing Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau's 65 from 1940). Peralta was the best offensive shortstop in the weak post-"trinity" American League field, and is signed for the next three seasons at just $15 million total. The bad news is that he's growing increasingly immobile at the position. He'll need a move to third at some point, and it's possible that the acquisition of Luis Valbuena from the Mariners in the Franklin Gutierrez trade will give the Indians the depth to try it now.
2008 After a great 2005 and an awful 2006, Peralta arrived at a happy medium last year. This version of Peralta is likely the real deal, as it was almost an exact match for his career numbers. He attributed his rebound last year to laser eye surgery, but it's too bad there's no medical procedure that will help his range at shortstop. The Indians insist that he's staying put, but it seems like a forgone conclusion that he'll eventually have to move to second or third, an impression only made stronger by the emergence of Asdrubal Cabrera. Still, as a middle infielder with patience and good power, Peralta's a valuable part of this team.
2007 While various defensive metrics suggest that Peralta was pretty good defensively, the Indians sure didn`t think so, with manager Eric Wedge being a particularly vocal critic. At the plate, PECOTA expects something in between last year`s low and the high of 2005, and more in keeping with his minor league track record, meaning he`ll once again be one of the top hitters at his position. The Indians know they can`t really deal him just one disappointing year after signing him to an arbitration-erasing extension through 2010, and with the defensive upgrades to his right and left, and the equally reasonable expectation that his bat will bounce back, sticking with him isn`t just the path of least resistance, it`s a good idea.
2006 If one discounts 2003, when Peralta was forced into the Indians` starting shortstop job well ahead of schedule due to an Omar Vizquel injury, one can see that his outstanding 2005 campaign simply continued the progress he has made at the plate since hitting Double-A in 2002. Handed the shortstop job in spring training, Peralta had nothing less than one of the 20 best seasons ever by a shortstop under the age of 24. In what should have been his rookie season, Peralta was a legitimate Gold Glove and MVP candidate who was overlooked for the former and shut out of the voting for the latter. He should be a cornerstone of this franchise for a long time.
2005 Peralta and Brandon Phillips, who may be 2006's double-play combination, have two things in common: they each bombed in their initial big league exposure in 2003, and their offensive games are way too reliant on batting average to be trusted. It was time for Cleveland to move on from Omar Vizquel, but unless Peralta's jump in BA comes to the majors and then sustainsand both those things almost never happenhe won't be an impact player. PECOTA doesn't penalize him for having an unnecessary consonant in his first name, but it should.
2004 Vizquel's injury forced Peralta to arrive in the majors a good year early, so he shouldn't be criticized for his struggles. He wasn't ready, but he showed that he can play a decent short nonetheless. Spending a good chunk of 2004 in Buffalo will put him in an interesting position: Will he get the job in 2005, once Vizquel's contract runs out? Or will he be trade bait? The Indians' system is rich in talent at short, but Peralta is clearly the pick of the litter, the puppy you keep for yourself while foisting all the others off on people who have something you want. He'll hit for power, and he can play the position. He won't be a star, but he will be a good answer for four or five years.

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2016-06-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Willy Adames has been raking and no one seems to be talking about it. What do you think of him? 2nd coming of Jhonny Peralta?
(illwilmyers from SD)
The glove is a bit better than Peralta but the bat is a similar profile. The power he has been flashing this year has been a nice surprise though. (James Fisher)
2016-06-21 20:00:00 (link to chat)Starlin Castro has been a disappointment and Jhonny Peralta comes off waivers overnight. Is Peralta a better bet ROS? And if so would you use a #3 waiver priority on him in a 14 team points league?
(Danya from Portland )
Castro has more upside, but he also has more downside. Peralta is safer.the 50th percentile projection for each is about the same. Go with the one that matches your risk tolerance best. If it's a keeper league, lean towards Castro since he's younger and has a less Miggy-ish body type. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)With the injury to Jhonny Peralta, what options do the Cardinals have? What do you think of the in-house options, Greg Garcia and Aledmys Diaz? Any SS available out there for trade?
(Zonk from Chi-Town)
Synergy! The best option might be the one floated by Dave Cameron at FanGraphs already: Erick Aybar. With Ozzie Albies already the talk of Braves camp, I could certainly see the Braves making this move, and Aybar feels like a very Cardinals ballplayer. I am not all in on Garcia or Diaz, and Gyorko at shortstop is cringe-inducing. They should make a move. They're not very exciting options, but I think the Cards could give the Mets a call about one of Wilmer Flores, Matt Reynolds, or Dilson Herrera. Or maybe Arizona for Chris Owings or Nick Ahmed. (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)After a rough start to his career (name issues and injuries) Aledmys Diaz seems to be establishing himself. Does he have the offensive and defensive chops to step in at SS for Jhonny Peralta?
(Cubbie Bear from Chi-Town)
He'll hold his own, but the upside is limited. I think he can step in and be reliable, but I don't see a big jump up for him as a hitter. Defensively he'll be fine. (Mike Gianella)
2015-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Hey mike, 8 team NL only league, 5x5 roto. I'm in last place and struggling with injuries. I have an offer where I would get Jhonny Peralta and Jay Bruce for pence. My shortstops are either Owings or Addison Russell, neither has been very good. Is it worth giving up Pence for those 2 guys? Bruce has been pretty bad too. Thanks
(ganz1080 from CT)
I'd do that. I like Pence, but I think you're getting a lot of value back. Bruce will hit enough to make it worth it in that format. (Mike Gianella)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)What's your take on Jung-Ho Kang? What is a reasonable timeline for his arrival at the ML level and what sort of production would you expect? Does he have the natural ability to stick at SS?
(Angels Hound from LA)
I don't have one so I quickly demanded an answer from Bret Sayre. He said "Best case, he's a Jhonny Peralta type with decent average and 20 HR pop.
Maybe not a SS thiugh." Don't fault him for the misspelling though, I was yelling at him to hurry it up. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-10-14 18:00:00 (link to chat)Who should Tiger fans be rooting for out these last 4 teams? Perhaps the Royals, since that would ensure years more employment for Dayton Moore and Ned Yost?
(John from Cincinnati)
The Orioles have Quintin Berry (non-rostered) and Delmon Young, but a championship may fatten the Andrew Miller price tag. For the ERoyals, I think Moore and Yost are hanging around regardless, and if they win then we can say the AL Central's lifespan has seen dynasties by the Indians, Twins and Tigers but championships from the Royals and White Sox. What a world. Inherently Tigers fans cannot wish well on the Giants nor the Cardinals for pseudo-clutch reasons. But Jhonny Peralta deserves to be happy, so if that's what happens then good for him. After all that's how Gerald Laird got his ring. (Matt Sussman)
2014-09-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)20-team mixed dynasty, I own Tulo. His DL time this year killed me in the playoffs, and I am now looking to deal him. Obviously youth/health are the way to go, I know, but Segura and Bogaerts are probably not workable deals (team dynamics won't work). I also own Addison Russel, but I hesitate to trust rookies right away, especially as a top 3 team right now. Suggestions?
(AJ from Phoenix)
Shortstop is a pretty mixed bag at the moment. You could downgrade to Hanley and change but that's not going to ease your mind when it comes to health injuries. Your other options are Jhonny Peralta, or hoping someone like Ian Desmond can bring the batting average up a bit. No one is going to give you what Tulo does when healthy though. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a 5x5 (with obp) in which I have a big lead in steals, should I drop Jean Segura for Alexei Ramirez or Jhonny Peralta? I was wondering this before his tragedy, and now I wonder if he will even be able to come back any time soon. Hopefully he and his family can find a way to get through this.
(Hangin on from D.C.)
Yeah, it's just horrific what happened to Segura and his family. Awkwardly shifting to the fantasy angle, I'd go for Peralta if you're looking for non-speed offense. (Paul Sporer)
2014-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a 5x5 (with obp) in which I have a big lead in steals, should I drop Jean Segura for Alexei Ramirez or Jhonny Peralta? I was wondering this before his tragedy, and now I wonder if he will even be able to come back any time soon. Hopefully he and his family can find a way to get through this.
(Hangin On from D.C.)
I think this was a double question (Paul Sporer)
2013-11-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)I understand no qualifying offer for Jhonny Peralta, but Omar Infante and Joaquin Benoit? They need both guys and now if they don't sign they don't get a draft pick either.
(DetroitDale from Tallahassee (eternal spring training))
What relievers have ever made qualifying offer money? Rivera, and...Rivera. Papelbon, almost. Benoit is good, but he's not going to get that on the open market. I agree that there was a more compelling case to make for extending the QO to Infante. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-08-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)There is speculation in the Detroit media that the Tigers won't take Peralta back, despite the obvious boost he gives them at shortstop, because of "image" concerns. I think that, if they don't play him and lose at any point, their image is tarnished forever. The Giants got to the WS because of a huge contribution from Melky. What do you think?
(Tigerdog from Orange county CA)
Well, they did trade for Iglalasis.

Tigerdog, hijacking your question to run this. It's official:


Major League Baseball issued the following discipline today for violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program in relation to the Biogenesis investigation. Players receiving 50-game suspensions without pay for their violations of the Program are:

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Antonio Bastardo;
San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera;
New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli;
Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz;
Padres pitcher Fautino De Los Santos, who is currently on the roster of the Double-A San Antonio Missions of the Texas League;
Houston Astros pitcher Sergio Escalona, who is currently of the roster of the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks of the Texas League;
Yankees outfielder Fernando Martinez, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the International League;
Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League;
Free agent pitcher Jordan Norberto;
Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta;
New York Mets outfielder Cesar Puello, who is currently on the roster of the Double-A Binghamton Mets of the Eastern League; and
Mets infielder/outfielder Jordany Valdespin, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League.

Norberto's suspension will be effective immediately once he signs with another Major League organization. All other suspensions are effective immediately. None of the players will appeal their discipline.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera, Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon and Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal, all of whom already have served 50-game suspensions as a result of their violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program stemming from their connections to Biogenesis, will not receive additional discipline.
Major League Baseball's investigation found no violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by either Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez or Baltimore Orioles infielder Danny Valencia.

STATEMENT FROM THE TIGERS:
The Detroit Tigers today issued the following statement regarding the suspension of Jhonny Peralta:

"We recognize the suspension of Jhonny Peralta for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program as a measure taken in the best interest of the game. The Detroit Tigers continue to fully support Major League Baseball's policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing drugs from our game. Per the protocol outline by Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement, the Tigers' organization will provide no further comment on Peralta's suspension."

STATEMENT FROM PERALTA:
"In spring of 2012, I made a terrible mistake that I deeply regret. I apologize to everyone that I have hurt as a result of my mistake, including my teammates, the Tigers' organization, the great fans in Detroit, Major League Baseball, and my family. I take full responsibility for my actions, have no excuses for my lapse in judgment and I accept my suspension.
I love the fans, my teammates and this organization and my greatest punishment is knowing that I have let so many good people down. I promise to do everything possible to try and earn back the respect that I have lost." (Maury Brown About Biogenesis and Business)
2013-05-29 18:30:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Aybar? I picked up Peralta as a replacement when he went down and he's been sooo much better.
(dandaman from Sea Cliff)
Hi dandaman.

Erick Aybar is a solid fantasy player because of the steals but he suffered a hamstring injury earlier this year and hasn't been running since he returned. He is doing absolutely nothing else, so while a bounce back is likely you can feel free to keep Jhonny Peralta and dump Aybar in a mixed format. (Mike Gianella)
2013-05-22 18:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jason- here's my situation: I picked up Jhonny Peralta and Kelly Johnson to fill in for Aybar and Aaron Hill. They have both exceeded expectations to the point that I haven't put Aybar back in my lineup and I'm really not sure I'd put in Hill when he returns. Complicating the situation I just managed to pick up Profar as well. My dilemma is that I'm not sure any of them really have fair trade value for me and I don't want to drop them. Your thoughts on the players involved and what you would do with the situation? Thanks
(DanDaMan from SeaCliff)
Aaron Hill hasn't resumed baseball activities yet and Profar doesn't have a clear path to playing time after Kinsler returns. Johnson has been outstanding and I think he could be in line for more playing time out of the 2-hole here eventually because he's that productive with his plate appearances. I'd try to move Profar first, and then Peralta because at least Johnson is also running. (Jason Collette)
2012-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see big (or at least notable) regression from Alex Avila and Jhonny Peralta? The seasons posted by these two were key factors in the Tigers winning 95 last year.
(lemppi from Ankeny, IA)
I think any time you see a guy post a 6 WARP season who has never done anything like that before, you expect a good deal of regression. Peralta's numbers were more in line with his career, although again any time you see an outsized performance you expect some falloff. (Colin Wyers)
2011-08-26 16:00:00 (link to chat)With Carlos Guillen and Magglio Ordonez done, the Tigers have an extra $20M/year to play with in the offseason, I say go get Jose Reyes, put him at second, then you can run out an infield of C Alex Avila, 1B Miguel Cabrera, 2B Reyes, SS Jhonny Peralta, 3B Nick Castellanos. Sound like a plan? If not who should the Tigers go after with the $20m?
(DetroitDale from Florida (eternal spring training))
I would check with Dave Dombrowksi on that stuff -- he seems to have Tigers going pretty good these days (John Coppolella)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can Jason Donald actually play shortstop? Because he hasn't thus far. Who plays 2B for CLE in 2012, Jason Kipnis? Should the Tribe let Jhonny Peralta play SS for two weeks in a desperate attempt to show off his "versatility?" (But seriously: Donald is an atrocious SS.)
(buffum from Austin TX)
What's wrong with Asdrubal? Is he going to be gone in 2012, guaranteed? (Marc Normandin)
2009-10-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)What would it take to get Aaron Harang from the Reds? I'm wondering if their desire to shed salary and his misleading numbers might make them likely to unload him. Their catchers and shortstop were horrific this season: could the Indians craft a package with Kelly Shoppach, Jhonny Peralta, and a pitching prospect not named Hector or Nick, or would the Reds be looking for a pure prospect package?
(buffum from Austin TX)
Do they have a desire to shed salary? They're not paying that many people as is. I can't see your offer getting it done, even granting your premise. That's a terrible deal. You'd have to do it with real prospects. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does Andy Marte deserve a starting spot on the Indians next year? And what is the perception of Grady Sizemore? Still a top ten player to build around?
(Andy from Saskatoon)
He deserves consideration, anyway. The Indians' LF/1B/3B situation might need clarity, which I would provide with a long overdue trade of Jhonny Peralta. That still leaves Matt LaPorta, who ends up at first once Michael Brantley is deemed ready. Not sure Marte can fade all this competition. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which of these SS's do you think would have the most value in a trade around the league: Jhonny Peralta, JJ Hardy, or Mike Young?
(Lincoln from Dallas)
Peralta has a better deal and more upside. I think we know who Hardy and Young are. Young's in decline and while I think he has value, that contract's going to look bad in a year or so. Now, put him on the right team where he's the hard-charging veteran or shift him to second and I think it improves. He'd work well on the Cubs. (Will Carroll)
2008-08-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)People in Cleveland are clamoring for Jhonny Peralta to move to 3B. Isn't he one of the best SS? Wouldn't the Tribe be better off signing a one year stop gap or giving Wes Hodges the gig in 2009?
(warclub from Strongsville, OH )
Asdrubal Cabrera is the best shortstop the Indians have, and should be playing there. Whether that means Peralta at second base, shortstop or another team is irrelevant.
Eric Wedge pinch-hit Jamey Carroll for Andy Marte the other day in a high-leverage situation. Why? What good is the rest of your season if not to find out if Andy Marte can be a major leaguer? (Joe Sheehan)
2008-06-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)What happened to the Indians? There are no sure things, but usually injuries play a part when things don't happen. Only Haffner, a huge disappointment, is hurt.
(john from ct)
The problem with trusting to your ability to put together functioning platoons in the outfield corners is that you have to have enough working parts to put them together, and the Indians didn't, not really. Andy Marte's failure to develop is something nobody really foresaw, but I think there's also a lot to be said for how much Jhonny Peralta's been a tough player to figure out what to do with, and Garko's limited upside doesn't really help, and add in Hafner's tragic case of the olds seems to really just cinch a system-wide failure on offense. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-03-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)I was surprised that Jhonny Peralta wouldn't be one of the top 14 shortstops with his power potential: I mean, having the range of a houseplant doesn't factor into 5x5, right?
(Buff from Austin TX)
I'm not the person to ask for positive things to say about Peralta. He was disappointing again last year, and if you adjust for his BABIP, he comes out even worse. PECOTA isn't a huge fan either, and remember how much it loved him last season. (Marc Normandin)


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