I have a piece up at Cincinnati Magazine about the development that has occurred with Jose Peraza this year. Here’s an excerpt:
But guess what?Ã‚Â At this moment, Peraza is hitting .275/.322/.381. Is that great? No. He was an 89 wRC+, which means heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s about 11 percent worse than the average hitter. But his OBP is above average, and historically that 89 wRC+ is actually better than shortstops usually are relative to the league. And while heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not Cozart with the glove, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m also confident in calling him well above average at short. According to FanGraphs, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been slightly above average so far (1.2 WAR), and according to Baseball-Reference heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been a bit more above average (1.4 WAR). 2 WAR is generally regarded as average for a full season, and we are, obviously, right in the middle.
He’s improved his numbers since I wrote the piece. I encourage you to read the whole thing.