David Peralta actually started his professional baseball career for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006 as a pitcher. The native Venezuelan never made it past a torn labrum injury, never got his ERA under 5.00 and thus never made it out of rookie ball. Rightfully so, the Cardinals released him in 2009. In 2011 he re-emerged, this time as an outfielder in the independent North American League with the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings where he had a slash line of .392/.429/.611 in 85 games. Then, the North Atlantic League folded. So, in 2012 he latched onto the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association and in 98 games with them he had a slash line of .332/.392/.462. In 2013 he stayed in the American Association but switched teams to the Amarillo Sox where in 42 games with them he had a slash line of .352/.381/.604. Why just 42 games? Because that was when the Arizona Diamondbacks discovered Senger David Peralta Guerreiro.
The Diamondbacks signed him as a free agent on July 3rd 2013 and sent him to their California League affiliate the Visalia Rawhide. At the age of 25 he was considered old for the California League, but in 2014 he moved up to Double-A Mobile where he had an average over .300 between the two levels. Now he mans the outfield for the Major League club Arizona Diamondbacks.
He was called up to the big leagues on June 1st 2014 and made his debut the same day. All he proceeded to do was tie a Diamondback’s record by recording 7 multi-hit games in his first 15. This past Friday night in a game against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field Peralta noticed that Rockies catcher Michael McKenry was just lobbing the ball back to his pitcher. With Peralta on third after a triple he saw McKenry lean back to lob the ball and he took off for home. With a slight assist from Rockies pitcher Rex Brothers, who momentarily bobbled the ball, Peralta successfully stole home. The next night in a 14-4 win against those same Rockies Peralta had 5 at bats with 2 runs, 3 hits and 5 RBI’s. 4 of them were provided by his first grand slam of his short Major League career.
As far as his overall statistics; in 57 games (as of Sunday August 10th) he has 67 hits. Of those 67, 5 of them were home runs, 5 of them were triples and 12 were doubles. Not to mention he has 29 runs and 4 stolen bases. His average is .313 while his on base percentage is .347 and he is slugging .486.
Should he start to get some Rookie of the Year consideration? Let’s look at the likely 2014 Rookie of the Year favorite Billy Hamilton and compare the two. Now without a doubt Hamilton has more steals than Peralta, and Hamilton has played in almost double the games at 112. Hamilton’s average is at .268 for the year. His on base percentage is at .299 and he is slugging .394 (all as of Sunday August 10th as well). Hamilton has 113 hits; of those 6 are home runs, 7 are triples, 21 are doubles. Hamilton has 59 runs and 43 stolen bases. I am not saying Peralta deserves Rookie of the Year. But, I am saying he deserves to be mentioned in the conversation because he is certainly a Diamondback in the rough.