The talk around baseball is that the Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton is a “for sure” winner for NL Rookie of the Year this season. I mean why not? In 101 games this year the 23 year old is hitting .271 with 6 home runs and 41 stolen bases in 101 games. Of course there’re other candidates as well, such as the Atlanta Braves‘ Tommy La Stella, the New York Mets pitcher Jacob DeGrom, and even the Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Chase Anderson.
However there is one player that has taken his club by storm in the past 2 months that has got virtually unseen, whether that’s because this team is “out of contention” or is in a small media market; but Chase Anderson’s teammate Outfielder David Peralta has been nothing short of amazing for the snakes this season.
Called up on June 1st because of the injury to A.J. Pollock, Peralta has hit a scorching .308 with 3 home runs and 12 other extra base hits in just 46 games. This was not how David has imagined his career going though because David was signed way back in 2004 by the St. Louis Cardinals… as a pitcher.
In 2006 and 2007 Peralta played for the Redbirds’ rookie team and was released due to countless injuries. Forced to play in Independent League baseball for just over 2 years, he played for Rio Grande Valley, and the Wichita Wingnuts before the Diamondbacks signed him on July 2nd of 2013.
Quickly moved through the D’backs minor league system, he was called up less than a year later, and now he’s impossible to send back down.
With the trade deadline approaching, do not be surprised if the Diamondbacks part ways with their long time outfielder and fan favorite Gerardo Parra because of the now-logjam in the outfield in the desert.
Kevin Towers has already said that Pollock is off limits and a very affordable Mark Trumbo would be dumb to move, leaving Parra as the odd man out. Either way keep an eye on Peralta; if he continues to play this way the Diamondbacks may have just found a diamond in the rough.