JOSE Francisco PERAZA
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   SS
Home: Litchfield Park, AZ Team:   REDS
Height: 6' 0" Bats:   R
Weight: 195 Throws:   R
DOB: 4/30/1994 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: 9  
Birth City: Barinas, Venezuela
Draft: 2010 - Braves - Free agent - Out of Venezuela
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2011 DSL DSL-Braves   66 235 29 66 5 3 1 22 28 7 15 27 .346 .340 .281
2012 GCL GCL-Braves   21 85 17 27 3 3 0 10 10 3 4 6 .348 .424 .318
2012 APP DANVILLE   32 121 21 34 4 0 1 18 15 2 9 18 .351 .339 .281
2013 SAL ROME   114 448 72 129 18 8 1 47 64 15 34 64 .341 .371 .288
2014 SL MISSISSIPPI   44 185 35 62 7 3 1 17 25 8 7 15 .363 .422 .335
2014 CAR LYNCHBURG   66 284 44 97 13 8 1 27 35 7 10 32 .365 .454 .342
2015 PCL OKLAHOMA CITY   22 90 11 26 3 1 1 5 7 0 2 10 .304 .378 .289
2015 IL GWINNETT   96 391 52 115 10 7 3 37 26 7 15 35 .318 .379 .294
2015 NL DODGERS   7 22 3 4 1 1 0 1 3 0 2 2 .250 .318 .182
2016 NL REDS   72 241 25 78 8 2 3 25 21 10 7 33 .352 .411 .324
2016 IL LOUISVILLE   71 288 40 81 15 3 2 21 10 7 21 43 .333 .375 .281
2017 NL REDS $540.00 143 487 50 126 9 4 5 37 23 8 20 70 .297 .324 .259
2018 NL REDS $570.00 157 632 85 182 31 4 14 58 23 6 29 75 .326 .416 .288
2019 IL LOUISVILLE   4 15 3 9 2 0 0 1 2 1 0 2 .600 .733 .600
2019 NL REDS $2,775.00 141 376 37 90 18 2 6 33 7 6 17 58 .285 .346 .239
Personal
  • In 2010, Peraza signed with the Braves (see Transactions below).
  • In 2013, Baseball America rated Peraza as the 10th-best prospect in the Braves organization. He moved up to #6 in the winter before 2014 spring camps opened.
  • In 2015, they had Jose as the #1 prospect in the Braves' organization.

  • In 2014, Peraza was chosen to represent the Braves for the Futures All-Star Game.
  • In 2014, Peraza was named the Braves' Minor League Player of the Year.

  • Dec 17, 2018: Like several of his Reds teammates, shortstop Jose Peraza decided that his offseason base needed to be at the team's player development complex in Goodyear, Ariz. Peraza's reasons were both professional and personal.

    "My wife is pregnant," said Peraza, who is from Venezuela. "I wanted to stay close to her, work out in the morning and then stay the rest of the day with my wife. I like Arizona. It has good weather."

    When he is at the complex, Peraza is focused on building his core strength, especially his left side muscles. He's been doing a lot of weightlifting and training because he wants to keep feeling stronger.

    "It's what I did last year. I like working hard, hard, hard, and it feels good," Peraza said.

    Partially because he struggled during 2017, Peraza was often written off before last season and sometimes overlooked even as he performed well.

    With his improved strength, Peraza quietly improved his hitting skills and produced throughout 2018. Still only 24, he batted .288/.326/.416 with 14 home runs, 58 RBIs, 23 steals and a 97 OPS+ over 157 games. He was valued at 2.3 wins above replacement by Baseball-Reference. (M Sheldon - MLB.com - Dec 17, 2018)

           TRANSACTIONS

  • July 2, 2010: Peraza signed with the Braves for $350,000, out of Venezuela, via scout Rolando Petit.

  • July 30, 2015: As part of a three-team trade, the Braves traded Peraza, Bronson Arroyo, Luis Avilan, Jim Johnson and Alex Wood to the Dodgers. The Dodgers sent Zachary Bird (minors), Hector Olivera and Paco Rodriguez to the Braves. The Dodgers sent Victor Araujo (minors), Jeff Brigham (minors) and Kevin Guzman (minors) to the Marlins. And the Marlins sent Mat Latos and Mike Morse to the Dodgers. 

  • December 16, 2015: The Reds sent Todd Frazier to the White Sox as part of a three-team trade in which the Dodgers received 2B Micah Johnson, RHP Frankie Montas from the White Sox. And the Dodgers sent Peraza, LF Scott Schebler and 2B Brandon Dixon to the Reds. (Editor's note: So in one calendar year, Peraza was involved in two three-team trades.)
  • Jan 11, 2019: Jose and the Reds avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal for $2.775 million.
Batting
  • Peraza routinely barrels the ball. He has little power, but he sprays line drives to all fields and could grow into 8-10 homers per year at his peak. His game is built around speed, which is why it's frustrating that he doesn't walk more often.

    While his power rates only a 30 or 35 on the 20-80 scouting scale, his batting skills (hitting for average) is an above-average 60. His bat-to-ball skills are tremendous. He skillfully uses all fields.

    More of a spray hitter now, Peraza shows the quick hands and bat speed to hit for gap power and occasional homers as his body continues to mature. He loves hitting leadoff and looks to get on base any way he can. But he won't accept enough walks to be a real good leadoff man.

    He also fits well at #2 in the batting order because for one thing, he has a good understanding of the strike zone. (Spring 2015)

  • Peraza may remind people of a righthanded Ichiro, according to Gwinnett hitting coach John Moses, who spent 7 of his 11 years as a big league outfielder with the Mariners and later coached in the same organization during Ichiro's first three years stateside.

    "He as a knack of finding base hits," Moses said. "Nobody goes about their business like Ichiro does, because he is just so dedicated to what he does prior to the game and after the game. But he reminds me of him as a righthanded hitter. He has this ability to get infield hits and hitting the ball to all fields. He's fun to watch. He can catch fire with the best of them. That also reminds me of Ichiro because once he got going, he never stopped."

    "He's a guy that will hit at the top of the lineup and make things happen. Once he gets on base, he's a threat to steal second," Moses said of the Venezuela native, who takes Rosetta Stone classes several times a week to improve his English. "He's got his legs back which were not there in Spring Training. We're trying to get him to stay through the ball and work the alleys a little bit rather than trying to hit the ball through the three-four hole or to right field.

    "He's really working on staying through the middle of the field and that is what we are doing in batting practice and in our early work sessions." (May 2015)

  • Jose rarely strikes out, but could improve his patience and draw more walks. He has very impressive hand-eye coordination to hit all kinds of pitches. He puts the barrel on the ball easily and consistently.

    Peraza has true feel for the barrel, identifying pitches he can handle and rarely hitting under the ball with his compact stroke. Jose doesn’t project to hit for more than gap power, but he should maintain a high batting average with his plus wheels and spray-hitting approach.

  • He is an excellent bunter, beating the ball to first base with his excellent speed. And Peraza also does a good job of hitting behind the runner.

    He uses his fine speed by keeping the ball on the ground and bunting for hits.

  • While Peraza needs to play a little more under control, his aggressiveness is an asset and makes him a pesky, dangerous player for opponents. But Jose is patient enough to wait for those he can handle and winds up barreling the ball more often than not. He has quick wrists and strong hands that generate a compact swing.

    Jose has tinkered with moving his hands in his stance to give him more of a trigger, because he has below-average power. Peraza keeps the ball on the ground by rarely getting under pitches and uses his plus speed to get on base.

    Jose does a great job of keeping the ball in the middle of the field—from right-center to left-center field. (May 2016)

  • In 2018, the Baseball America Best Tools Survey (of managers, scouts and executives) rated Peraza as the second-best Hit-and-Run Artist in the NL, behind only D.J. LeMahieu.

  • As of the start of the 2020 season, Jose had a career batting average of .273 with 480 hits, 28 home runs and 154 RBI in 1,758 at-bats.
Fielding
  • Jose's game is centered on tremendous body control. He gets great jumps on the bases as well as in the field and has the ability to go from full speed to immediate standstill. His plus baseball instincts make his above-average range and plus speed even better. His hands are soft and consistent, and he has a quick release that makes up for a tad above-average arm strength—a 55 on the 20-80 scouting scale; his defensive ability also rates a 55.

  • Peraza has good range and instincts at shortstop, though he still needs to add polish there.

    In the spring of 2014, the Braves moved Jose over to second base. A fluid defender with strong range at shortstop, Peraza has been even better at second. His quick feet allow him to cover ground and turn the double play with aplomb while his arm strength at the position is well above-average.

     

  • In 2016, Jose played second base, shortstop, center field and left field while with the Louisville Bats (IL).

  • Peraza flashes a solid-average arm, but he's prone to making errant throws on the run and needs to improve his accuracy. He tended to push throws across the infield when he was a shortstop, where most of his errors  came trying to make a spectacular play and throw on the run.

    Jose has soft, sure hands and the game never seems too fast for him. He is not flashy in the field but makes all of the routine plays and is very steady.

  • In 2018, Jose became the Reds' regular shortstop, replacing Zack Cozart. And he has the knack for making the less-obvious play, as well as the quickness and range for making normal plays.

    During 2018 spring training, Reds infield coach Freddie Benavides on cleaning up Peraza's throwing mechanics. And Jose learned how to better positions himself in the field. It was late in the 2017 season that Cozart pointed out to Benavides that Peraza set his feet too wide as the ball headed to the plate. When a ball was hit to him, that stance forced Peraza to go up before he can move to one side or the other.

    "You've got to be able to be instinctive and you know when your pitchers are hitting their spots," Benavides said. "You just can't stay in that phone booth. You've got to be able to move around and realize, 'Our guy is struggling with his command today.'"

    One National League scout said Peraza needs to learn the value of an out and that he cannot trust his athleticism to get the job done for him. He agreed that Jose has the physical tools to play shortstop, but he hasn't seen Peraza become a Cozart-level technician. (April, 2018)

Running
  • Jose has plus-plus speed (a 70 or even an 80 on the 20-80 scouting scale) and exhibits impressive instincts on the bases. He has top-of-the-scale speed.
  • Peraza can really fly. But scouts get him going from home-to-first in 3.9 to 4.1 seconds. Scouts and managers agree that Jose's speed plays like an 80 tool. He gets great jumps, is aggressive on the base paths and creates plenty of havoc.

    “I don’t think he’s a burner, but he knows how to steal bases,” one scout said.

  • Jose really puts the pressure on the pitcher and catcher with his aggressiveness on the bases. He is a fun player to watch. Peraza relies just as much on great jumps and instincts to steal bases in volume.

    Once on base, Peraza creates an instant distraction for pitcher and the defense. He reads pitchers well and has a great first step. (Spring, 2015)

  • In 2014, Peraza ranked in the top-five in steals in both the Carolina (35) League and the Southern League (25).

  • Jose entered the 2016 season having stolen 210 bases in 461 games in his minor league career.

  • Jose reads pitchers quite impressively. He can steal off most any of them.
Career Injury Report
  • August 2014: Peraza suffered a left groin strain in the minors.