Jose Peraza
Jose Peraza
26-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Boston Red Sox
2020 Fantasy Outlook
After a breakout season in 2018, Peraza gave back all of his gains at the plate and then some in 2019. A glance at his batted ball data reveals a sea of red flags. His exit velocity (84.6 mph), hard hit rate (31.9%) and Barrel/PA percentage (0.3%) were among the very worst in the league. Even his one skill that was expected to be a positive, his speed, turned mediocre -- he stole just seven bases, getting caught six times. It's no wonder that the Reds decided to non-tender him in December instead of going through the arbitration process. The Red Sox signed him to a one-year, $3 million deal, and he could conceivably win the starting job at second base, although he would almost assuredly be batting ninth in the order. His raw speed is still in the 75th percentile, but based on his 2019 season, we are skeptical he will get on base enough to really put that speed to work. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $2.85 million contract with the Red Sox in December of 2019.
May share second base
2BBoston Red Sox
March 23, 2020
Peraza is expected to share second base with Michael Chavis when the 2020 season resumes, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports. He batted .233 (7-for-30) with two extra-base hits, zero walks and two runs scored over 12 Grapefruit League appearances.
ANALYSIS
Chavis should man second base when a right-hander is on the mound, then slide over to first base to replace Mitch Moreland against left-handers. That's where Peraza fits in. His steep dropoff in 2019 following a mini-breakout in 2018 is fresh on the mind of fantasy owners. The 2019 Statcast metrics -- exit velocity, hard hit rate, barrels -- aren't kind to Peraza, which suggests opposing pitchers learned how to attack him after the success achieved in 2018.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
2
10
21
12
8
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
3
1
11
10
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+27%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+6%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
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
Since 2017
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2019
Even Split
2018
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+22%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
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.
  • BABIP
    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.
BB/K
0.29
 
BB Rate
4.2%
 
K Rate
14.4%
 
BABIP
.268
 
ISO
.106
 
AVG
.239
 
OBP
.285
 
SLG
.346
 
OPS
.631
 
wOBA
.281
 
Exit Velocity
84.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
31.9%
 
Barrels/PA
0.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Competing for second base job
2BBoston Red Sox
February 16, 2020
Peraza will compete with Michael Chavis for the top job at second base in spring training, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
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Agrees to terms with Red Sox
2BBoston Red Sox
December 12, 2019
Peraza signed a one-year contract worth approximately $3 million with the Red Sox on Thursday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
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Let go by Reds
2BFree Agent
December 2, 2019
Peraza will become a free agent after being non-tendered by the Reds on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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Opportunities pick up
2BCincinnati Reds
September 16, 2019
Peraza will start at shortstop and bat eighth Monday against the Cubs, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Recalled by Reds
2BCincinnati Reds
September 4, 2019
Peraza was recalled by the Reds on Wednesday.
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