Peraza went 2-for-2 in Tuesday's spring training loss to the Giants, stealing a base in the process. Peraza hasn't made an out in his first few spring training games and already has three stolen bases. He was batting sixth in the order on Tuesday, and that's one of the big question marks for the Reds this season. How will new manager David Bell reshuffle the Reds' batting order? It's possible that Peraza could be towards the bottom when the Reds are at full strength.
Despite the signing of Jose Iglesias on Saturday, the Reds emphasized that Peraza is still the starting shortstop, John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Manager David Bell gave Peraza the vote of confidence: "He's made great strides. We believe in what he's doing. Nothing changes there."
Peraza and the Reds avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.775 contract Friday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The 24-year-old had a solid season for the Reds in 2018, coming to the plate 683 times (tied for 16th-most in the league) and posting a .288/.326/.416 line, good for a 97 wRC+. He matched his steals total from the previous campaign with 23 and hit a career-high 14 homers. He lines up as the team's everyday shortstop again this season.
Peraza went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Wednesday's loss to the Royals. Peraza took Heath Fillmyer deep in the bottom of the first inning to tie the score at 1-1, though the Royals responded with five unanswered runs en route to the win. The 24-year-old infielder has been locked in all month, slashing .319/.340/.538 with five homers, three stolen bases, 13 runs and 12 RBI in 22 games.
Peraza is back in the lineup Saturday against Miami after missing Friday's contest due to an illness. Peraza's illness evidently wasn't a severe one, as he'll wind up missing just one game. Over his last 15 games, he's hitting .349 with four homers.