"I talked to (Gwinnett manager Brian Snitker) today about it," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of the Peraza situation Saturday. "He goes, 'I’m not going to say you could run him out there tomorrow (in center) in a big league game, but he’s got the ability to do it.' I don’t think it’s something that we’re going to see him next week or anything like that. I think it’s just, let him play center and maybe a couple of months down the road, or maybe it’s next year, there’s a possibility there. It makes sense."
Peraza was initially a shortstop prospect but moved to second base due to the presence of Andrelton Simmons at the top of the organizational depth chart. The Braves are now looking into transitioning him again with Jace Peterson playing well at second base in his first season with the team.
"We sat down and talked about it, because we like Peterson," Gonzalez said. "And why create a logjam there when we can have Peraza play the outfield and use his talents, his abilities."
Braves center fielder Cameron Maybin could be shifted to left field if the team decides at some point to promote Peraza to play center. The prospect has hit .293/.333/.379 with two home runs, 18 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 174 at-bats with Gwinnett.
Peraza is considered a top-100 prospect by MLB.com (No. 38) and Baseball America (No. 54). He has primarily played at shortstop and second base in his minor-league career.
He is batting .296 with two doubles, two home runs, three triples, 16 RBI, 19 runs and 14 stolen bases in 40 games for Gwinnett this season. He has a career .305/.350/.390/.739 slash line.
The team did not give any details regarding the injury, only saying that the 20-year-old infielder would likely only miss a game or two.
Peraza is rated the 38th best prospect in the game by MLB.com and he's currently hitting .361 and has 14 stolen bases in 15 tries.
Peraza owns a career .350 OBP in the minors and has racked up at least 60 steals in each of the last two seasons. He is hitting .214/.267/.250 in 28 at-bats with Triple-A Gwinnett as of Thursday.
The Yankees sent someone to scout
"We have no interest whatsoever in trading Jose Peraza," assistant general manager John Coppolella said. "Teams scout top prospects all the time, as we do other team's top prospects. It was just a case where one of their scouts was sent to watch one of our guys."
Peraza has the potential to eventually serve as the Braves' leadoff hitter, as he's posted a career .350 OBP in the minors and has racked up at least 60 steals in each of the last two seasons. He has hit just .214/.267/.250 in 28 at-bats with Triple-A Gwinnett.
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