DOB: 5/28/1982 (33)
Place of Birth: Santiago, Dominican Republic
Teams: Indians, Tigers, Cardinals
The Dominican born shortstop signed with the Cleveland Indians in the winter of 1999 at the age of 18. In his first summer he played in the Dominican Summer League. Peralta turned heads by putting up a .303/.398/.514 slash line with 41% of his hits going for extra base hits. He made his MLB debut in 2003 at the age of 21 years old, playing 77 games for the Indians. He played his first full season in 2005 hitting an impressive .292 while playing all of his 141 games at shortstop. In 2013 Peralta was suspended for 50 games for taking performance enhancing drugs in the Biogenesis Scandal. After his suspension he left Detroit and signed a 4 year deal worth $53 million with the Cardinals.
As A Player
Bats: R Throws: R
Lifetime Line: .268/331/.426
Jhonny Peralta is a rare shortstop that is middle of the order bat. Although he is much bigger than an average shortstop at 6”2’ 215 pounds, he is still above average at the position. In 2015 he was second in the National League in fielding percentage with a .986% with only 8 errors in 148 games. Although he is losing his range with his age, he still is a steady option at shortstop and is a reliable everyday option. Along with his glove, Peralta is an extraordinary hitter. He has raw power while still hitting for average. He has hit double digit home runs every season in the majors. Peralta’s major flaw is his strikeouts, striking out in 1 out of every 5 plate appearances.