- Jhonny Peralta (St. Louis Cardinals)
I wish I could rank Peralta 2nd, I really do. But, even though I believe in his talent slightly more than my number two, my number two plays for a better team (while both are great teams) and will perform better because of that.
Nonetheless, Jhonny Peralta is a consensus top five shortstop, but is still probably underrated. Probably the most underrated SS as far as defense goes, and one of the most overlooked overall. Among qualified SS, Peralta finished 2nd in oWAR, 3rd in dWAR, and 1st in WAR. He also finished 2nd in HR and SLG %, proving that he doesn’t need PED’s to hit for power.
The St. Louis Cardinals found themselves a steal in Jhonny Peralta and should be grateful for it.