When Todd Frazier was traded to Chicago last winter, the centerpiece was Jose Peraza and he is expected to do many great things. Fans and executives of the Cincinnati Reds are hopeful that he can become the next Brandon Phillips at second base. There is certainly enough reason to believe he can deliver the goods for the Reds this upcoming year. With a quick bat and even quicker feet, Jose Peraza could provide some much needed life into the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse that is has been lacking for the past three years.
In 72 games in the 2016 season, Peraza batted .324 with 78 hits. And with 21 stolen bases, He trailed only Billy Hamilton in that category. He will get his chance this year to prove that he can do it, night in and night out. Peraza also will have Joey Votto batting behind him. This will help him get some pitches to hit as well. Now it’s up to Peraza to take advantage.
So far in Spring Training, he is still appearing to be the same player of 2016. Peraza is leading the team in batting average, .319, and is tied with Hamilton for steals, 4. On top pf this, he has 15 hits as well, which is second on the team.
It will be interesting to see if Jose Peraza can do this for an entire season, as he only played less than half last year. If he can continue to play at this level, he could help bring the Reds back to baseball relevancy sooner than anticipated. He could be an all-star if he were to put up these kind of numbers for 162 games. But only time will tell is Jose Peraza is the real deal or not.