One of the hidden gems to emerge from the American Association last season and earn praise from his new major league organization is left-handed-hitting outfielder David Peralta, a 26-year-old who originally was a pitcher.
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Venezuelan hit .332 at Wichita, KS one year ago, .352 in 42 games at Amarillo, TX early this season, then continued at a .346 pace with 72 hits in 51 games in the California League for Arizona.
“We purchased his contract, (our scouts, including Independent specialist Chris Carminucci) knew about him, so we took a chance on him and he’s been a very pleasant surprise,” Director of Player Development Mike Bell praised on MiLB.com. “He’s a good looking player; I was shocked. He was outstanding for us, so I like him a lot.”
(Bob Wirz also writes about Independent Baseball on www.IndyBaseballChatter.com. Fans may subscribe to this Independent Baseball Insider column, which will be published 40 times in 2013, at www.WirzandAssociates.com or comment to RWirz@aol.com. The author has 16 years of major league baseball experience with Kansas City and as spokesman for two Commissioners, and lives in Stratford, CT.)
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