Following a breakout 2015 season, 2016 was pretty much a lost cause for David Peralta. The 29-year-old outfielder made three trips to the DL and only appeared in 48 games as he dealt with wrist and back injuries. He ended up getting shut down for good in August and finished with a .728 OPS, a far cry from the .893 OPS he posted in 2015. The injuries and natural regression are the top reasons for his decline on a per-plate-appearance basis. Peralta also struggles mightily against lefties (65 career wRC+) and the Diamondbacks have not yet moved him to a strict platoon, so that will suppress his batting average slightly until he is given a platoon partner. Keep an eye on his offseason recovery from August wrist surgery. If everything goes smoothly, Peralta could be a solid rebound candidate heading into 2017. His cost on draft day will no doubt dip from a season ago, and if he can approach the pace of his 2015 numbers (17 home runs and 78 RBI in 462 at-bats), Peralta will end up being a useful fantasy asset.
Peralta hit his first homer of the spring Thursday against the Brewers, pushing his spring line to .290/.324/.452 through 11 games. The D-backs will lean on Peralta as their starting right fielder, at least against right-handed pitching this season, after he missed a significant share of 2016 with injuries, which eventually resulted in wrist surgery. Peralta had a .936 OPS against righties in 2015 with a passable .686 mark against southpaws, and a run at the 20-homer plateau isn't out of the question if he remains healthy in 2017.
Peralta is in the lineup for Monday's Cactus League game against the Reds, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Peralta's start to spring training was delayed due to visa issues, but he rejoined the team a few days ago and didn't fall too far behind the rest of the team in workouts. The 29-year-old appears poised to open the season as the team's everyday right fielder and could make for a good bargain on draft day after injuries derailed his 2016 campaign.
Peralta is dealing with visa issues and has yet to report to spring training, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. It's expected that Peralta will resolve the matter within the next few days, but his absence from camp could delay his participation in Cactus League games. The late start shouldn't have much of an impact on Peralta, who looks to be pretty stable atop the depth chart in right field.
Peralta (wrist) has returned to full health, Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic reports. Members of the Arizona staff commented on Peralta's swing, saying that it looked smooth and unbothered his recent wrist injury. Upon his return, Peralta will look to bounce back from 2016's brief and subpar showing. Between his first two seasons in the league, Peralta put together a spectacular .301/.492/.842 line. However, he managed to hit just .251/.295/.433 over 48 games in 2016 before being shut down with an inflamed wrist.
Manager Terry Lovullo said that Peralta (wrist) is in line to be the Diamondbacks primary right fielder in 2017, Nick Piecoro of AZCentral Sports reports. Peralta underwent wrist surgery back in August, but Lovullo seems to be pleased enough with the 29-year-old's past performance to expect him to fill a large role this coming season. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return to action, but Peralta will likely be an integral part of Arizona's lineup as long as he stays healthy.