Peraza went 1-for-4 with a home run, a stolen base, two RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over Milwaukee. It was his first homer since July 4. The 23-year-old has endured a tough season and he continues to play on a part-time basis, but Peraza has been more patient at the dish in the second half, drawing 13 walks after managing just five prior to the All-Star break. He's also been getting the green light on the basepaths again lately -- Peraza has four steals in his last seven games.
Peraza went 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs during Thursday's win over the Cubs. Despite inconsistent playing time, Peraza has found a grove at the dish and has gone 20-for-53 (.377) with a .419 on-base percentage, seven RBI and seven runs through his past 18 games. He's still far from a universal fantasy asset, but his recent form is encouraging, especially in deep keeper/dynasty settings. After all, This is the 23-year-old Peraza's first full season in the majors.
Peraza went 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBI Wednesday against the Padres. Timely hitting was the key to Peraza's success in this one, as he drove in two runs with a single in the first inning and one more the same way in the eighth. This performance has to be considered an offensive explosion by the light-hitting middle infielder's standards, as he had accrued just one RBI since July 5 coming in.
Peraza is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. Peraza had picked up starts in the previous 12 games and had started to show some life at the plate, batting 12-for-42 (.286 average) in those contests. However, with All-Star Zack Cozart (quadriceps) returning from the disabled list Sunday and reentering the lineup at shortstop, it appears Peraza's run of regular playing time has come to an end. Peraza will now fill a utility role for the Reds and may only receive a couple starts per week while both Cozart and Scooter Gennett are healthy.
Peraza will start at shortstop and bat eighth Saturday against the Marlins. The opportunity for Peraza to play regularly has opened back up with Zack Cozart (quad) landing on the DL. However, Peraza has flashed very little thump and next to no patience at the plate, and those issues largely offset the appeal of his speed in fantasy settings.
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