Sleeper Signing: Jose Peraza

Peraza was signed by the Atlanta Braves at 16 years old and at one point was considered one of the top prospects in the organization. The one-time second baseman was once in the Futures Game while now at best, he’ll play the role as utility player with the Mets.

In 2020, Peraza played second base in 27 games, left field in five games, third base for one game and even manned downed shortstop for three games. In 2019, he appeared in 39 games at shortstop while in 2018, he played in 156 games at the same position.

The season of 2018 was Peraza’s biggest and best year of his career, at least in terms of production. He slugged 31 doubles, four triples, and 14 home runs while driving in 58 runs. He also swiped 23 bags that year with the Cincinnati in 632 at-bats.

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Peraza won’t give the Mets 14 home runs this year, but he’ll provide top of the line defense from off of the bench… if he’s healthy and is given the opportunity.

I imagine that Luis Guillorme has a stronghold on the backing up of the infielders. While it’s likely that Peraza might start off 2021 with not being on the Major League roster, but due to his versatility, he may be one of the first players called up.

And with the utility man only turning 27 years old in the near future, he could and should still have plenty left in the tank.

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