Independent Baseball Insider – Vol. 12, No. 28,  September 18, 2014
By Bob Wirz

Arizona outfielder David Peralta (Wichita 2012, Amarillo 2013), who has to be the star among first time Independent grads in the majors this season (although Pittsburgh strikeout whiz John Holdzkom [Sioux City 2013, Amarillo 2013-14] is making a late run), seems likely to end nearly two weeks of idleness (back injury) any day, but some others are finished for the season, including Kansas City hurler Luke Hochevar (Fort Worth 2006) and Texas RHP Tanner Scheppers (St. Paul 2009).  Hochevar has started throwing in his comeback from elbow surgery with a spring target date.

Peralta, often hitting third for the Diamondbacks, is at .293 with a .326 on-base percentage, seven homers and 34 runs batted in.

(Fans not yet getting the complete Independent Baseball Insider column, which will be published 36 times in 2014, may do so for as little as $6.99 at  Bob Wirz provides supplemental stories about Independent Baseball on his blog,  The author has 16 years of major league baseball experience with Kansas City and as chief spokesman for two Commissioners, and lives in Stratford, CT.)

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