David started playing baseball at 3 years old at the encouragement of his father, who worked for Bridgestone Tires for almost 40 years.
Growing up in Venezuela, David played with future Major Leaguers Felix Doubront, Alex Torres and Yangervis Solarte.
Peralta's hardest adjustment when coming to the United States was learning the different kinds of food. David once went to China Buffet and thought the wasabi was guacamole and mistakenly ate a spoonful.
Peralta pitched three seasons in the Cardinals organization, going 5-8 with a 4.51 ERA before getting released on May 5, 2009. He pitched in the Appalachian League during 2006 and 2007, but two shoulder surgeries and a 2008 campaign spent attempting to rehab led to his release soon after. He was released on Cinco de Mayo in 2009 and hasn’t liked that holiday ever since. He asked the Cardinals to allow him to stay for 2 weeks after being released so he could see his wife graduate from college.
Peralta's parents persuaded him to try hitting again and first played in a government-run independent league in Venezuela. He went back to the United States, without an agent, and was given the number of Eduardo “Eddie” Dennis, who managed the independent Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings, rented a car and drove to practice and was signed after his hitting session.
David worked at McDonalds for gas money to drive to Texas to play with Rio Grande. And he slept on an air mattress in his first season with the WhiteWings.
"I was released when I was 21, but no one said I should give up," said Peralta. "My friends and family told me I have talent and said to keep working hard. That was what motivated me."
In 2011, he moved to the outfield, and the conversion took.
In 2012, Peralta opened some eyes when he hit .332 with 70 RBIs in 98 games for the Wichita Wingnuts of the independent American Association.
As of August 2013, Peralta's baseball odyssey had covered nine seasons, five leagues, three countries, and two continents. He's played five winters in his native Venezuela.
He met his wife in Jupiter, Florida. He married Jordan Laria, who played college softball. He said her family, including his father-in-law, who is a high school basketball coach, is very supportive. Peralta lived in Venezuela until he got married, then moved to Florida.
That David has become a big league outfielder is a credit to scout Chris Carminucci and Arizona’s willingness to think outside the box.
In 2004, the Cardinals signed Peralta as lefthanded pitcher at age 17. But they released him four years and two labrum surgeries later. He returned to his native Venezuela and began again as an outfielder, playing independent ball for three seasons before Arizona signed and assigned him to high Class A Visalia in June 2013.
Life is funny. You never know what adversity will come your way or how you will handle it. We can only hope that when one door closes, we’re cognizant enough to recognize where another one is opening.
David Peralta’s journey to Major League Baseball has had many twists and turns. In 2014, the 27-year-old Venezuelan was having a breakout rookie campaign as an outfielder for the Diamondbacks and had even become part of the NL Rookie of the Year discussion.
Back in 2006, Peralta started his career with the Cardinals organization as a pitcher. After a number of shoulder injuries and two surgeries to repair said injuries, the Cardinals eventually cut ties with Peralta in 2009. He left the United States and went home to Venezuela where he worked on adjusting his game to other positions. The injuries to his shoulder would no longer allow him to pitch. His dream was over.
That was the point where most players in his same situation would quit, but this is where Peralta’s desire to play the game of baseball took over and caused him to persevere and alter his skill set. “As soon as I got released I was like ‘OK, I’ll give up pitching. That’s not for me. Too much hurt on my shoulder.’ So I’m just going to start to swing like I did when I was little,” Peralta told us when talking to him about his road to the MLB.
He continued to work on his game and he returned to the United States two years later in 2011. He began playing Independent League Baseball as an outfielder for a team in Rio Grande. The road through Independent baseball is not always the best conditions, but Peralta enjoyed his time there. “For me, it was fun. I had fun in Independent ball. For me, it was great. Like you said, it’s not great conditions or like the big league, but still it’s great baseball. High level too, because you can face guys playing in the big league too and still playing in Independent league. I got a lot of experience from that.”
Peralta started over from square one but worked hard to adapt to his new position and to swinging the bat harder. People began to take notice and he was approached by scouts. Workouts were conducted, more time passed, and the Diamondbacks finally signed him to a contract in July of 2013. When asked about his signing with Arizona, Peralta smiled.
“I mean it was so exciting. When I got to affiliated ball, I was like ‘OK there it is’. That’s all the chance that I needed. Because that’s all I was asking (from) everyone. Just give me a chance, give me a job. I’ll do my thing. That’s it, so when I got the chance I was like ‘I’m not going to let it go’.”
Soon enough Arizona found a spot for him. He impressed Kirk Gibson and coaching staff enough during 2014 Spring Training to get people asking and talking about this prospect that seemingly came out of nowhere. Peralta was able to take advantage of opportunities and come through even in those Spring games.
It didn’t take long for David to get called up. On June 1, Peralta was called up from Double-A Mobile to the big show and started the same day in a loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Since then he hasn’t looked back. “No, I’m not going to look back,” Peralta laughed. “For me, that was amazing. That day, I cried I was so happy when I got called up. I couldn’t believe it. It’s a dream for me.”
He recorded two hits in the game, and he was part of a historic moment in Venezuelan history as Arizona became the first team to have five Venezuelan starters all get a hit in a game.
From the moment he debuted, he seemed ready for the Major Leagues.
Peralta met Tony La Russa while at Double-A Mobile and was speechless. They chatted about his swing and La Russa told him that he would “see him soon”
Two weeks later, David was promoted to the D-backs when he got the news from then-manager, Andy Green.
In 2014, Peralta had an outstanding rookie season. He has hit .290 with 7 HRs, 7 triples, and 7 doubles in 71 games. His slugging percentage is .463, his OPS is .786, and his OBP is .323. His OPS puts him in the top 30 Major League outfielders with at least 250 plate appearances.
Around the trade deadline, rumors surfaced that Peralta was a lock to stay because of the organization’s focus to make him a big part of this team going forward.
Peralta at this point is still developing as both an outfielder and a Major League ballplayer. Since he has only been playing the position professionally for less than five years, there will be many mistakes made and much learning along the way. But his maturity and his focus seem to separate him from others at his level.
“I’ve been through a lot,” Peralta added. “And for me, I feel proud of myself because all of this hard work that I’ve been doing now is paying (off) right now. So I’m here right now in the big leagues, there’s nothing (more) I can ask. I just need to keep working hard to keep myself here in the big leagues for a long time.” (Derek Montella - 2014 )
Baseball people like to see a nice progression from a player after his rookie season. There was progress alright, so much so that in 2015, his second season, David finished eighth in the National League in batting with a .312 average. Among the league leaders in triples as a rookie, Peralta proceeded to lead the entire league in that category this season with 10. Peralta’s other power numbers jumped with 17 home runs and 78 RBIs after he finished with eight and 36 the prior year. Perhaps more impressively, his on-base percentage jumped over 50 points, from .320 to .371.
David Peralta was born in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela on August 14, 1987. He grew up in Venezuela, playing baseball throughout his childhood as an outfielder and a pitcher. He was signed by the Cardinals on September 26, 2004, at age 17.
The Cardinals decided to have Peralta pursue a pitching career as he sat low to mid 90s and threw lefthanded. During his pitching career in the minors, he didn't play at a level above rookie ball. In fact, in two full seasons, Peralta pitched in 18 appearances with a 5.69 ERA and suffered two shoulder surgeries. Following his second surgery, the Cardinals released him on May 5, 2009, and he returned to Venezuela. This next part of the story is what makes Mr. Peralta a very special player who has had to fight through adversity and hardship to make him the player he is today.
Following his release, he returned to Venezuela with a new vision of his future. Peralta still dreamed of playing Major League Baseball one day, so he took two years to turn his career around 180 degrees. In the two years, he lost a lot of body fat and increased his muscle mass by having a rigorous training schedule and diet that resulted in him slimming down from 225 pounds to 215 pounds of lean muscle.
After extremely hard work, he returned to the United States to seek another opportunity with a baseball organization. None of the Major League Baseball organizations that Peralta reached out to were interested in his change of career path, so Peralta decided to attempt to play in the independent leagues. In the meantime, he also worked a job at McDonald's to earn more money in order to pay for expenses for traveling to tryouts for multiple teams. He would soon find a home with the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings.
Peralta continued his career with three different independent league teams over 2 1/2 years. In 225 games of independent league baseball, he hit for a .359 batting average, with 28 home runs and 189 runs batted in. After his success in the independent league, Peralta contacted a scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who informed Peralta on July 3, 2013 that the Arizona Diamondbacks had signed him to a contract.
Peralta spent a very short amount of time in the minor leagues (high A and double A) before the Diamondbacks realized they had found a diamond in the rough. On June 1, 2014, just 333 days after being signed by the Diamondbacks and 3,535 days after beginning his career as a pitcher with the Cardinals, Peralta made his Major League debut (and went 2 for 4).
Peralta has had continued success throughout the two years he has been in the Major Leagues. Peralta's ability to overcome adversity, hard times, and to outwork his peers is going to lead to his ultimate success. His passion and love for the game can be seen every time he steps foot into the batters box. His passion and love for the game will continue to drive him to be a better player because he knows what it feels like to have something taken away him that he loves. (Trey Rose - Jan 11., 2016)
Because of his attitude and drive, Peralta's nickname is "Freight Train."
David is self-proclaimed DJ in the clubhouse and on the plane and goes by DJFT, short for DJ Freight Train.
When Spring Training 2016 started, David and Paul Goldschmidt visited manager Chip Hale's office with a message.
"From day one of Spring Training, he came to me with Goldy and said they want to be leaders in the clubhouse," Hale said. "He and Paul both just felt like this is their time. We want those guys to be in charge of the clubhouse and be able to police it instead of coaches running in there every two seconds and talking to guys. We'll go in there when we need to, but it's their haven."
Peralta is more of an demonstrative leader and generally the first player to greet a teammate after a home run. He's also the one cheerleading from the top step of the dugout. Teammates adore Peralta's attitude, and his love for the game and never more evident than in a game when his enthusiasm and persistence prompted Zack Greinke to eventually relent and give Peralta the "drive the bus" signal from first base after a big hit.
"The energy is very infectious," Hale said of Peralta. "There's one guy on the team I can always go to when I feel like we're in a little bit of a lull in the dugout and nudge him and say, 'Hey let's go,' and he'll get everybody going." (Gilbert - MLB.com - 4/26/16)
Peralta brought an interpreter on his first date with his wife. After that, he was motivated to learn English, because he thought that his interpreter was hitting on his date but he could not tell for sure because of his poor understanding of the language. (Intentional Talk-April 25, 2017)
Aug 14, 2017: Peralta's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, daughter Sophia on his birthday.
October 2017: David opens up on he and wife Jordan becoming first-time parents with the birth of their daughter, Sofia "Lil' Freight Train" Peralta.
D-BACKS: Walk us through your birthday, or should we say, Sofia's birthday?
DAVID PERALTA: Man, it was pretty amazing. That whole day is a blur for me, it happened so fast. I told my wife that even had we tried to do it that way, where Sofia was born on my birthday, there's no way we could have planned for that to happen. The due date was Aug. 25. I remember during the game on Aug. 13, I got a call during the game and one of our trainers said that my wife was in the hospital. First thing I asked was if she was OK because, theoretically, we still had two more weeks. I ran down the tunnel and called her during the game to make sure she was OK and she said she was, but she was pretty sure her water broke, so I told her I'd be there as soon as the game was over.
I'll be honest, during the rest of that game I couldn't concentrate. How could I, you know? I needed to be there for my team, but my wife needed me to get to the hospital so it was a lot of emotions at that time. Once the game ended, I called her to let her know I was coming and I changed faster than I ever have before. I was so excited, we had been waiting for so long. We had to spend all night trying to get her to deliver the baby but Sofia wasn't ready, so I stayed up all night waiting with Jordan until 6:00 a.m. on my birthday. I was thinking, 'Of course she waited for it to be my birthday, too.' So, it was a pretty special day for me. I got tons of texts and phone calls from friends and family wishing me a happy birthday, but also to congratulate us. It was definitely the best day of my life, and the best birthday present anybody could have ever given me. There's no way I'll ever forget that birthday.
D-BACKS: Did any D-backs players reach out to give you advice?
PERALTA: Absolutely. I talked to Paul Goldschmidt, Zack Greinke, Robbie Ray, Nick Ahmed. They all have babies of their own, and they all told me it was going to be great and that I needed to focus on enjoying every chance I could with Sofia. Time goes really fast as a Major League Baseball player, even before you have a kid. They told me how at the beginning, it was going to be a challenge for me to make all the adjustments. I was even talking to Jeff Mathis about it, and he told me that time with family is short in this game and once you have a child, you'll want to cherish every second you can at home with your family, so I'm doing that. He also warned me about how sleeping time is much shorter, but it would be worth it and that I'd even start looking forward to waking up early to feed my baby and it's true. It's the best feeling in the world.
D-BACKS: What has been the biggest surprise for you since Sofia was born?
PERALTA: Let me tell you something. When it's your child, everything is a little easier than you think it's going to be. I was pretty worried about if I'd be good at feeding her, if I'd be good at changing diapers, if I'd be good at carrying her because she's so little. So that first time doing everything was huge because I saw that it wasn't as bad as I thought. I'm really good. I'm changing diapers super fast and feeding her is no problem. I've been telling my wife to wait for me to get home so I could feed her. I love doing that. Actually, that's the one thing Goldy taught me. Every night when the game is over, he told me he'd change as fast as I could so I could get home and take care of her, and it's true. I'm always texting my wife, 'Don't feed her, I'm on my way, I want to do it.'
The only thing that is affected is my sleeping time, honestly. When you get up two or three times every night to feed her or hold her until she sleeps, that's the only real challenge.
D-BACKS: Have you had the chance to take her anywhere or do any father-daughter activities?
PERALTA: Absolutely. With my schedule it's tough, but on the off-day we took her for her first trip to the mall. She was great, she was looking all over and it was really fun to watch. She came to her first game to see me play which was a great feeling. My wife and I have taken her to dinner, too, and she's great, she really is a great baby. She doesn't cry very much and she sleeps all the time. We can take her everywhere because she just sleeps. All the time.
D-BACKS: How did you guys choose Sofia's name? What went into it?
PERALTA: We loved the name and agreed on that a while ago. It's funny because my wife wanted to call her Sophia with a 'ph.' But I told her that we had to use an 'f' because she's going to be half-Latin, so she had to have a Latin name, and Jordan totally agreed with that. Her middle name is Elizabeth and we got that from my wife's great-grandmother, I think. Jordan wanted that and I thought it was perfect. Sofia Elizabeth Peralta, I love it. (I Kraft - MLB .com - Oct 28, 2017)
David has a cat named Maximus. It was named after a character from his favorite movie, “Gladiator."
Jan 13, 2020: It wasn’t all that long ago that David Peralta was serving fast-food hamburgers while trying to find his way back into professional baseball. Having been released by the Cardinals as a pitcher after several arm injuries, Peralta reinvented himself as an outfielder and began playing independent ball in hopes of being noticed.
“I was working at McDonald’s trying to find a way to keep playing baseball and follow my dreams,” Peralta said. “Now, today, like eight years later, I’m talking to you guys about getting an extension with an MLB team. It’s a lot of emotion that comes to me.”
In January 2020, Peralta and the D-backs agreed on a three-year deal.
“It’s not just me,” Peralta said. “It was my family, my mom, my dad, my wife, and everybody that trusted me. I’m really happy. All the hard work that I put in, that I do every year to do well, to show everybody what I can do, is paying off right now. Like I said, I can’t thank the Diamondbacks organization enough to give me the opportunity to stay here for a couple of more years.”
“I want Spring Training to start today, that’s the way I’m feeling,” Peralta said. “I know I’m fully healthy and I’m going to help the team the way I know I can help the team. It’s like I’m still feeling butterflies in my stomach. If you don’t feel butterflies in your stomach this time of the year, something is wrong with you. It’s exciting. This is what we’re waiting for is this moment to start the season, because we have one goal and that’s to win the World Series and we’re going for it.”
D-backs GM Mike Hazen said the two sides have had discussions off and on over the last year, but things began to get serious recently at the deadline for arbitration-eligible players and teams to submit their proposed salaries.
“He can run,” Hazen said. “He’s a good athlete. He has the ability to impact the ball both for average and for power. I think, given the progress and the consistent drive to improve himself defensively, as evidenced by the Gold Glove this year, it is another thing to us signifying the pride David takes in his game. We know how motivated he is. We know what kind of leader he can be. We know his energy level. A lot of really, really good things about this person and baseball player that we are very fortunate to now be able to have play for us for another couple of years.” (S Gilbert - MLB.com - Jan 13, 2020)
When Kirk Gibson managed the D-backs during David Peralta’s rookie season in 2014, he appreciated the outfielder’s work ethic. “Every time I see him, he’s sweating,” Gibson was fond of telling reporters.
No one knew quite what to expect from Peralta back then. Originally signed out of Venezuela as a pitcher in 2004, Peralta suffered through a pair of shoulder surgeries before the Cardinals released him in 2009. Peralta resurfaced as an outfielder in independent ball in 2011.
“You could make a movie about what he’s gone through,” said D-backs shortstop Nick Ahmed.
Indeed, Peralta worked his way into an everyday role and improved each year. He won a Silver Slugger Award in 2018 and followed that with a Gold Glove during an injury-shortened 2019. It led to a three-year, $22 million contract extension for Peralta during the 2019 offseason. Far from being content, though, you can still find Peralta sweating often, as he puts in extra time in the batting cage or weight room at Salt River Fields this spring.
“I still want more,” he said. “Those two things [Silver Slugger and Gold Glove] are checked, but I want to repeat them. My biggest goal, though, is winning a championship ring. Of course, I want to be an All-Star too, but I want to win a championship.”
After a surprise 85-win season in 2019, the D-backs, on paper, look to be a contender for the postseason this year, and if they get there, they will rely not just on Peralta’s on-field contribution, but what he contributes off it as well. Over the last several years he’s morphed from a rookie to one of the team’s leaders.
“He brings an energy that most people can’t bring,” Ahmed said. “There are days throughout the 162 games and even Spring Training where it feels like a grind, but he shows up with a smile on his face and he brings a gratitude and appreciation of being here. It’s not a complacent kind of gratitude, it’s a gratitude with an understanding of where he came from and where he is now. He enjoys the moment. He enjoys everything he’s doing and he just brings people up that are around him.”
Peralta, 32, doesn’t take his success for granted, because he remembers it was just seven years ago that he was working in a fast-food restaurant trying to pay the bills so he could play independent baseball. The D-backs saw him playing for Amarillo in the independent American Association and took a chance in 2014 that the then-25-year-old would be able to one day be a big leaguer.
“I still get butterflies when I step onto the field,” Peralta said. “I like that feeling. It’s all the hard work that I’ve been doing and it’s paying off. Every single day I get them. It’s a great feeling. That day that I stop feeling that way, I’ll retire. But it’s not going to happen any time soon, I’ll tell you that. That will mean I’m over baseball and I can’t ever imagine that.” (Gilbert - mlb.com - 3/3/2020)
Entering the 2020 season, Peralta is the WAR leader for the D-backs.
David traveled 66 miles from downtown Phoenix to Wickenburg, Ariz., to take a look at a baseball field. It wasn’t just any baseball field, though. It was “David Peralta Field,” built with funds donated by Peralta and his wife, Jordan, in conjunction with APS and the Diamondbacks.
“It looks really nice, and I was really excited,” Peralta said. “I was like, ‘I’ve got my own field!’ That’s pretty good when you can help do something for the future, for those kids who want to play baseball, because when I was looking at the field, I was picturing myself when I was young and thinking of myself playing out there. Because that’s where everything started—playing on a field with your friends.”
Growing up in Venezuela, Peralta did not have access to the kinds of fields like the one built in his name.
In fact, Peralta's field is nicer than some of the independent ball fields he played on when he was trying to get back into baseball after being released as a pitcher by the Cardinals. Peralta worked at McDonald’s at that time to help pay the bills while trying to find a Major League team to take a chance on him. (Gilbert - mlb.com - 8/25/2020)
The 2020 season was a good one for Peralta, and it was arguably his third best season of his career. He wasn’t the offensive force he was in 2018 with 30 home runs, but he still put up a respectable slash line of .300/.339/.433. That batting average was both the second best on the team this season, as well the second best of his career. The one area that was disappointing was the home runs. In a shortened season in 2019, he managed 12 home runs. However, this season in about half the games, it was only 5.
As far as his defense goes, he did not make a single error over 54 games. He had a 4.9 UZR, which when you look at it as UZR/150 is actually better than his Gold Glove season in 2019. However, he was actually -1 defensive runs saved, as calculated by the Fielding Bible. In reality, he was probably somewhere in between the two. Not a defensive liability as shown by DRS, but probably not a defensive guru like a 12.5 UZR/150 would suggest. (Imstillhungry95@imstillhungry95 - Dec 28, 2020)
A Personal Goal Is Achieved - May 14, 2021
One Diamondbacks player, despite the drubbing at the hands of the Nationals, met a career goal Friday night. Left fielder David Peralta began his journey through the minors as a pitcher. That did not work out for him, so he started over as a left fielder and fought his way to the big leagues. Ever since Lovullo began his managerial tenure in 2017, Peralta had been lobbying to be used as a pitcher in a position-pitching situation.
Peralta was all smiles after the game. “I was really happy. (After) the game we were having, that made my night,” he beamed. Lovullo made him promise not to go full-bore with velocity and breaking balls, telling him just to throw strikes and let the defense take care of the rest. Peralta agreed, so he got to go finish off a personal goal. “I said, ‘Trust me. I just want to hear “NOW PITCHING…DAVID PERALTA.”’ And I made it. I made my MLB debut as a pitcher.” Peralta looked down, all smiles, nearly overwhelmed by his happiness. “I’m happy with that. It’s one thing I’m going to scratch off my list.” ( Evan Thompson )
His stat line wasn’t the greatest — four hits, three earned runs, a hit batsman, and a home run to Andrew Stevenson — but it did include a strikeout. The team kept that baseball for him. This marks two special baseballs that Peralta has kept in as many nights, as he notched career hit number 800 Thursday against the Miami Marlins. “It’s going to be in my trophy collection for sure,” he said, acknowledging that the ball would be right next to the 800th hit ball.
Oct. 3, 2021: The Arizona Diamondbacks announced David Peralta as the winner of the seventh annual Luis Gonzalez Award, which is given to the D-backs player who best exemplifies the talents, spirit and heart of the D-backs legend both on and off the field, including baseball accomplishments, community impact and fan engagement, as voted on by his teammates, coaches and staff members.
September 26, 2004: Peralta signed with the Cardinals as an international free agent (as a pitcher).
May 5, 2009: The Cardinals released Peralta.
June 2011: David signed with independent Rio Grande Valley of the independent North American League.
February, 2012: Peralta signed with Wichita of the independent American Association.
March 2013: David signed with Amarillo of the independent American Association.
July 3, 2013: Peralta signed with the Diamondbacks' organization.
2016: Peralta has a one-year contract for $529,000.
2017: David has a one-year contract for $572,000.
Jan 12, 2018: David and the D-backs avoided arbitration, agreeing on a one-year deal for $3.3 million.
Jan 11, 2019: David and the D-backs avoided arbitration, agreeing on a one-year deal for $7 million.
- Jan 10, 2020: Peralta and the D-backs agreed on a three-year, $22 million contract extension. The new pact will pay Peralta, age 32, $7 million in 2020 and $7.5 million in 2021 and 2022. He was eligible for arbitration and set to become a free agent at the end of the 2020 season.
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A lefty batter, Peralta makes excellent contact against righthanded pitchers. He hits for a high batting average and good power vs. righthanders.
"He's got a good swing path," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's very short to the ball, he swings down through the ball. You don't see him dipping like you see some guys do. He stays pretty short, he's aggressive, he recognizes the ball pretty good." (7/8/14)
April 22, 2017: Peralta set a club record with four doubles. The last Major Leaguer to smack four doubles in a game was Brock Holt, for the Red Sox at Fenway Park against the Rays on June 1, 2014. The last National Leaguer to do it was Jeff Baker of the Rockies, at Wrigley Field against the Cubs on May 30, 2008.
In 2018, Peralta won his first Silver Slugger Award.
In 2019, Peralta slashed .275/.343/.461, despite his season being cut short because of right shoulder surgery in August. He dealt with soreness and inflammation several times in 2019, but it’s not expected to be an issue in 2020.
As of the start of the 2021 season, Peralta's career Major League stats were: .291 batting average, 90 home runs with 364 RBI in 2,632 at-bats.
- 2019 Fielding Bible Award winner (left field): This was a close race between Peralta and the Astros' Michael Brantley. Peralta, Brantley and the Yankees' Mike Tauchman each recorded 10 Defensive Runs Saved.
In 2019, left fielder David Peralta of the Diamondbacks won his first Gold Glove at age 32.
Inside-the-park home run: David Peralta put the finishing touch on a victory with an inside-the-park home run.
Peralta lit into a 95 mph first-pitch fastball from Justin Grimm and drilled it off the wall in left-center field. When the ball struck the wall and bounced away from Cubs center fielder Jon Jay, it was full speed ahead for Peralta, whom teammates fondly refer to as "Freight Train"—a nickname he will wear on his uniform for Players Weekend.
"I was just running hard the whole way," Peralta said. "When I saw it hit the wall, I thought, 'OK, I better go.' For the first moment, I thought, 'OK, triple.' But then I took a peek and saw third-base coach Tony Perezchica sending me home, and I was like, 'Oh man, I'm out of gas.' So I didn't slide into home plate, I just laid myself down. I was out of breath. But it was good, it feels good. I've never done it before, it was my first time, but that was a pretty special moment for me."
Peralta's inside-the-parker was the 13th in franchise history. (Jarrid Denney - MLB.com- Aug. 12, 2017)
May 9-June 6, 2016: David was on the DL with right wrist inflammation.
- June 15-29, 2016: David was on the DL with low back strain.
Aug 6, 2016: Peralta was on the DL with right wrist inflammation.
August 11-Nov 3, 2016: Peralta had season-ending wrist surgery.
May 24-June 3, 2019: David was on the IL with injured right shoulder.
July 3, 2019: Peralta was removed from the 5-4 loss to the Dodgers with right shoulder soreness.
July 3-24, 2019: Peralta was on the IL with right AC joint inflammation of his right shoulder, the second time this season he has been forced out with that injury.
Peralta was removed from the game after a painful checked swing, and an MRI on showed inflammation remained, manager Torey Lovullo said.
Aug 24-Nov 4, 2019: David was on the IL with right AC joint inflammation.
August 29, 2019: David traveled to Cincinnati to have orthopedist Tim Kremchek remove the “debris” in his AC joint that is causing the inflammation and discomfort. Peralta decided to undergo season-ending surgery on his inflamed right shoulder. D-backs manager Torey Lovullo tried to remain upbeat, pointing out that Peralta will be recovered enough to participate in 2020’s Spring Training workouts on time with his teammates. (Haft - mlb.com)