Tag:Jhonny Peralta
Posted on: July 11, 2011 12:38 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 1:05 pm

Verlander fronts AL Central All-Stars

By Matt Snyder

2011 All-Star Game
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The AL Central has been the most upside-down of all divisions in baseball this year, at least according to preseason expectations. Thus, the team doesn't much look like one we'd expect. Let's dive in.

C Alex Avila, Tigers: Very easy choice here, as the AL All-Star starter resides in this division. It's just that if you read that phrase at the start of the season it would have been very obvious we were talking about Joe Mauer. And if Mauer went down with an injury for a while -- as he did -- the next in line would have likely been Carlos Santana. Nope, it's instead Avila. With a .370 on-base percentage, 10 homers and 46 RBI, he's the man. It's been that kind of year in the Central.

1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: This was a very tough call over Paul Konerko. The two are so comparable across the board that it's hard to make a distinction. We'll give the nod to Cabrera based upon the 40-point lead in on-base percentage, but this is really a dead-heat. The fans certainly got the AL "Final Vote" right when electing Konerko.

No. Name Team Pos
1 Alex Gordon KC LF
2 Asdrubal Cabrera CLE SS
3 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B
4 Carlos Quentin CWS RF
5 Travis Hafner CLE DH
6 Jhonny Peralta DET 3B
7 Melky Cabrera KC CF
8 Alex Avila DET C
9 Gordon Beckham CWS 2B
2B Gordon Beckham, White Sox: This is a choice between the undeserving. Orlando Cabrera, Chris Getz, Alexi Casilla, Ryan Raburn. Yeah, those are the other choices. Beckham has at least shown flashes of being productive and -- at this point in their respective careers -- easily has the most potential. Unfortunately, that's what we have to go on here.

SS Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians: Unlike second base, we're loaded here, with Cabrera, Jhonny Peralta and Alexei Ramirez. Alcides Escobar is a defensive stud, too. Cabrera, though, is hitting .293/.387/.489 with 14 homers, 51 RBI, 55 runs and 12 steals. Ramirez is our runner-up here, because we're doing something else with Peralta ...

3B Jhonny Peralta, Tigers: There was no other choice. I had to cheat and move Peralta back to third. Otherwise we were looking at Danny Valencia, Brent Morel, Mark Teahan, Jack Hannahan or the stuggled yet promising Mike Moustakas. Or some other players who aren't even close to All-Stars at this point, yet have been seeing time at third in this division. So we're using Peralta and his .312 average, 14 homers and 50 RBI.

LF Alex Gordon, Royals: After years of waiting, here is the Alex Gordon many were thinking would show his face in 2007. He's put up good numbers -- 11 homers, 50 runs, 50 RBI, 24 doubles, six steals -- and been a steady force in the lineup for the Royals. Even atop the lineup, which we didn't think we'd see when he arrived on the scene. This was a tough call over Brennan Boesch, but we're giving Gordon the nod.

CF Melky Cabrera, Royals: Grady Sizemore missed a lot of games due to injury, Austin Jackson has taken a step backward, Denard Span has missed a lot of games and Alex Rios has been awful. Who's that leave? Yep, Cabrera. Apparently it's the best last name to sport in this division, as 33 percent of the starting lineup has it. Melky has hit for average, hit for power, run well and been a leader for the young Royals. It's shocking to say it, but he's the easy choice here (again, it's backwards).

RF Carlos Quentin, White Sox: Once again, Boesch gets passed over. Quentin has 17 home runs, 51 RBI, a solid OBP due to walks and hit-by-pitches and plays solid defense in right for the White Sox. Plus, Konerko and Quentin have had to pick up some serious slack in the power department with the disappearance of Rios and Adam Dunn. This is actually a pretty loaded position, too, with Jeff Francoeur having a good year, Shin-Soo Choo's talent (when healthy), Michael Cuddyer and Boesch.

DH Travis Hafner, Indians: Sure, he's missed a small chunk of games, but Pronk has shown much more power than Victor Martinez, and that's what we want in a DH. Hafner has eight home runs and a .528 slugging percentage in 51 games, while Martinez has only hit six homers in 77 games with a .457 slugging percentage. Billy Butler also gets squeezed out here with having a bit less power than Martinez.

SP Justin Verlander, Tigers: Guys like Justin Masterson and Scott Baker are having pretty good seasons, but there's really no reason to even expand on the discussion. Verlander is starting to come up with Roy Halladay in the best-pitcher-in-baseball discussions.

RP Al Alburquerque, Tigers: The rookie has been a Godsend for the Tigers' bullpen, as he's taken over the setup role Joel Zumaya can never stay healthy enough to hold down. Plus, big-money free agent signee Joaquin Benoit faltered early in the season. Alburquerque stepped up and struck out 47 hitters in just 29 innings. Rafael Perez is the runner-up here, but Alburquerque gets the nod.

CL Chris Perez, Indians: Too bad Joakim Soria wasn't quite himself early in the season, because this could have been easy. Instead, we've got a three-way race with no right answer. No matter how many ways you look at Chris Perez, Sergio Santos and Jose Valverde, there's no real way to argue and ironclad case as one man emerging as the absolute best of the three. We'll go with Perez, but it's a coin-flip.

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Posted on: July 8, 2011 11:15 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 11:27 pm

Peralta, Youkilis named All-Stars

By Matt Snyder

With the news Friday that elected AL All-Star starters Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter would not play in the All-Star Game, two spots opened up on the AL roster. They will be filled by Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis and Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta. As the line moves forward one spot at each position, Adrian Beltre is now starting at third and Asdrubal Cabrera will start at short.

Youkilis, 32, will be making his third appearance in the Midsummer Classic. He came into Friday night hitting .276 with 12 homers, 58 RBI and a .394 OBP.

Peralta, a nine-year veteran, will be playing in his first All-Star Game. He entered Friday hitting .310 with 14 homers and an .892 OPS.

Beltre will be playing in his second All-Star Game, but it will be his first start. He also played in the game last season but struck out in his only at-bat.

Finally, Cabrera should have been the starter anyway, if we were basing the vote on the 2011 season rather than career achievement or popularity. He's a wizard with the glove and is hitting .291 with 14 homers, 50 RBI, 55 runs and 12 steals.

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Posted on: July 3, 2011 4:15 pm
Edited on: July 3, 2011 4:41 pm

McCutchen leads All-Snub team

Andrew McCutchen

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Many years on the day that the All-Star teams are announced, people bemoan the fan voting and selections that pick big names over deserving starters. This year won't be one of those years because for the most part the fans made good picks, as CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler points out the fans and players agreed on 14 of the 17 selections. The lone starter that is obviously not worthy is Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who is expected to come off the disabled list on Monday. Jeter's hitting just .260/.324/.324 so far this season, but he's still Derek Jeter -- not to mention his chase of 3,000 hits.

But no matter how many deserving players make the game, with a roster of 33 (plus another to be added, but even those on the 34th man ballot are eligible for our team, because four of those five won't be voted in) there are deserving players who won't be making the trip to Phoenix.

So here you go, the CBSSports.com All-Snub team:

C: Speaking of the fans getting it right, this is one position where the deserving player was voted in for both leagues, Detroit's Alex Avila and Atlanta's Brian McCann. With the Yankees' Russell Martin, Baltimore's Matt Wieters and St. Louis' Yadier Molina, the five most deserving players at the position are headed to Phoenix. The best of those left out is already in Phoenix -- the Diamondbacks' Miguel Montero, who is hitting .270/.344/.457 with nine homers. 

Paul Konerko1B: This position is so loaded that it's almost as tough picking its All-Snub member as it is the All-Star representatives. The fans got it right with Adrian Gonzalez and Prince Fielder, while Albert Pujols sits at home during the break for the first time since 2002. Both Mark Teixeira and Paul Konerko have strong cases for the All-Snub pick, and in the end I'm going to go with Konerko, who is hitting .317/.387/.567 with 21 homers by a nose over Teixeira and his 25 homers.

2B: Robinson Cano's 2011 hasn't equaled his 2010 and wouldn't be my pick at second base in the American League, but it's hard to get worked up and say the fans got it wrong on a guy hitting .292 with 14 homers at second base. The All-Snub representative is tough here, with the choice between the Rays' Ben Zobrist (.261/.347/.463) and Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox (.277/.391/.406). Because I like speed, I'll take Pedroia and his 15 steals and higher walk rate, but just by a tad. Zobrist is on the 34th man ballot, so he's still got a chance. Apologies also to the Nationals' Danny Espinosa who has 15 homers already.

SS: We've discussed Jeter, but let's just acknowledge the fans noticing Jose Reyes -- even though it'd be tough to call yourself a fan and not notice what Reyes has done. The All-Snub goes to Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers, who is having a fabulous season, hitting .311/.359/.538 with 14 homers and solid defense to go with it.

3B: Arizona's Ryan Roberts wasn't even on the ballot, but he's had a fantastic first half of the season, hitting .251/.338/.430 with 10 homers and 12 stolen bases. He's a terror on the basepaths and has been one of the best all-around players at the position. Kevin Youkilis has better offensive numbers -- including 56 RBI -- but defensively he's played much like a first baseman playing at third. San Diego's Chase Headley has had a good season as well, but his glove also holds him back.

Alex GordonLF: You could certainly have made a case for Kansas City's Alex Gordon as a starter in the American League. Gordon came into the season as yesterday's news, a failed top prospect in the way of the Royals' youth movement. However, he's been the Royals' best player so far this season, hitting .301/.368/.491 with 10 home runs.

CF: I still can't believe Andrew McCutchen's name wasn't on the All-Star list, he's the best all-around center fielder in the game. He's hitting .289/.390/.493 with 12 home runs and 15 stolen bases while leading the surprising Pirates to their first winning record in years. 

RF: I'm fudging here, because the All-Star Game often has outfielders playing out of their normal spots, and here I'm going with the Phillies' Shane Victorino. The Phillies lineup as a whole has struggled for production and consistency, but Victorino has given them both. He's hitting .299/.371/.515 with nine home runs and 34 RBI. He's also a very good defender.

DH: You want some roster flexibility? You get it with this DH, who can also serve as a backup catcher -- oh, and Victor Martinez can bash. Martinez is hitting .335/.383/.490 with six home runs.

Starting pitcher: This one is interesting, because I'm going to exclude CC Sabathia, who not only didn't want to be selected, but will also ineligible to pitch in the game when he starts next Sunday. With Sabathia out of the way, I'm going with the Braves' Tommy Hanson, who is 9-4 with a 2.62 ERA in 15 starts, with more than a strikeout an inning and a league-low 6.2 hits allowed per nine innings.

Middle reliever: These guys are used to being overlooked, but that's not to say they aren't worthy. Since Braves' setup man Jonny Venters was named an All-Star, I'm going with David Robertson of the Yankees. Only in middle relief can a Yankee go unnoticed, but Robertson has been fantastic this season. In 33 1/3 innings this season, the right-hander is 1-0 with a 1.08 ERA, striking out 53 batters in 33 1/3 innings of work. He's allowed just four earned runs this season in 36 outings.

Closer: While Atlanta's Venters was recognized, his closer, Craig Kimbrel, was not. Kimbrel leads the majors with 24 saves and has a 2.57 ERA. He's struck out 67 batters in 42 innings, with 18 walks.

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Posted on: November 6, 2010 5:04 pm

Report: Peralta back to Tigers

Jhonny Peralta
Apparently the Tigers are rebuilding their infield by re-signing it.

Enrique Rojas of ESPNdeportes.com is reporting (here's a Twitter post -- the full story is in Spanish) that shortstop Jhonny Peralta is close to reaching agreement with the Tigers on a two-year, $11.25 million contract. They declined a 2011 option on him at $7 milion and said they were interested in bringing him back for less, but this isn't as much of a discount as expected (and it's really $11.5 million, since they paid him $250,000 to buy out the option).

(An aside: Would you have guessed that there have been 13 pro ballplayers in the U.S. named Jhonny? It's true. )

The deal comes a little over two weeks after the Tigers re-signed third baseman Brandon Inge, a potential free agent, for $11 million over two years.

Peralta was traded to Detroit from Cleveland in July and batted .253/.314/.396 in the second half. And Peralta certainly isn't there for his defense, so this seems like a lot of money to spend on a below-average player.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 10:44 am

Tigers decline Peralta's option

Jhonny Peralta The Tigers announced they've declined their option on infielder Jhonny Peralta, according to the team's official Twitter account .

The team had a $7 million option with a $250,000 buyout for 2011. The Tigers acquired Peralta and cash form the Indians on July 28.

"We remain optimistic that a deal can be worked out between Jhonny and the club," Tigers GM David Dombrowski said, according to the team's Twitter account.

Peralta, 28, hit .253/.314/.396 with eight home runs in 57 games for the Tigers. He hit .246/.308/.389 in 91 games for the Indians.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 3, 2010 1:16 pm

Tigers making big decisions on 2011

Johnny Damon I'm sure Red Sox fans will be happy to hear Johnny Damon will be available this offseason.

Damon turned down a trade to the Red Sox in August because he liked Detroit so much and wanted to stay there. Apparently the Tigers think that's mighty nice, but he can move on along now.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski talked to reporters (via Steve Kornacki of MLive.com ) before Sunday's season-finale in Baltimore and said the team wouldn't bring back Damon, catcher Gerald Laird or starter Jeremy Bonderman, although Bonderman could be invited to spring training if he doesn't find another home.

The team will also decline their $15 million option on outfielder Magglio Ordonez, Dombrowski said, but would like to bring him back at a more team-friendly price.

As for those staying, the team has offered third baseman Brandon Inge a multi-year contract and may pick up shortstop Jhonny Peralta's $7.25 million option.

Dombrowski said the team will be looking to add a middle of the order "RBI threat" with the $70.1 million coming off the team's books.

Also, manager Jim Leyland told reporters (via the Detroit Free Press ' John Lowe ) that left-hander Phil Coke will be moved from the bullpen to the rotation.

"We need a left-hander in the rotation," Leyland said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 9, 2010 11:31 pm

Peralta producing in Detroit

Jhonny Peralta When Jhonny Peralta went from Cleveland to Detroit, it was thought to just be a pit stop in Motown before Peralta hit free agency.

After all, the 28-year-old was hitting .246/.308/.389 in 373 plate appearances, a far cry from being one of the top shortstops in the game as late as 2007-08 when he was bashing 20-plus home runs and leading Cleveland to the playoffs.

However, he had increasingly tapered off his productivity and on a team going nowhere and building for the future, the Indians had no need for someone entering the final guaranteed year of his contract. The Tigers own a $7.25 million option on Peralta with a $250,000 buyout -- so really, the option boils down to $7 million.

Peralta homered in his first at-bat for Detroit and tacked on another blast later in the game, but didn't do much else in the midst of changing back from third base -- where he played for the Indians beginning in 2009 and where he began his Tigers career as Brandon Inge was injured -- to his natural position of short.

Since August 19, however, Peralta has shown flashes of what he used to be with a .361/.415/.542 mark in 82 PA with three home runs.

Peralta credits hitting coach Lloyd McClendon with the transformation, noting that McClendon told him, "The first thing you need to do is trust your hands."

Pitching coach Rick Knapp backed up that assessment, telling Peralta that the book on him was to throw inside, as his quick hands were anything but due to a loss of confidence.

"You can forget you have quick hands," Peralta said.

Consider his memory jogged and his power stroke back, with seven dingers in 142 at-bats for Detroit after bopping just seven in 334 at-bats for Cleveland.

And it's not just his offense that has impressed the organization, but also his defense.

Peralta isn't known for his range. His range factor in Detroit is 4.32, compared with a career mark of 4.67 at shortstop. That 4.32 mark would land him in the middle of the pack of shortstops if he had enough innings to qualify -- and even range factor is overestimating him given his reputation.

However, what Peralta lacks in getting to balls he picks up in being a vacuum cleaner when he does get to them, making just one error for the Tigers.

"Jhonny is a guy who flies under the radar,"Inge said, "but he's one of the best defensive players in the game. His glove and his hands, we're not talking range. But his consistency is unreal, and that's the most important thing in this game."

Put all that together, and Peralta is content in Detroit and hopes he will return. That's a distinct possibility, as the free-agent market for shortstops is barren.

Once a rent-a-player, Peralta is now looking to be much more than that.

 -- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 28, 2010 6:35 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2010 7:07 pm

Tigers get Peralta

Jhonny Peralta And we've got a trade. It's been a slow deadline week, but at long last, we've got something.

The Tigers have acquired Jhonny Peralta from the Indians for left-hander Giovanni Soto, MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince reports .

The Tigers had been looking for a third baseman since Brandon Inge went down and find it in Peralta, who has played exclusively at third base this season after switching from shortstop last year.

Peralta is hitting .246/.308/.389 this season with seven homers and 43 RBI. Those numbers are all below his career line of .264/.329/.422.

Soto, 19, is 6-6 with a 2.61 ERA for the West Michigan Whitecaps of the Class A Midwest League. He was a 21st-round pick by the Tigers in 2009.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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