How has Jose Peraza looked in his first month in Double-A? Mississippi announcer Kyle Tait talks…
What more can be written about Peraza?
Peraza is now hitting .373 in Double-A with 14 stolen bases and 13 RBI. He now has 8 hits in his last 13 at bats. His overall batting average for the season is now .351.
For his minor league career, in 326 games and 1291 at bats, the 20-year-old Peraza is now hitting .308.
We went back to look at the career minor league batting averages of some current and former Braves players to see if anyone compares to Peraza's tremendous season.
Tommy La Stella, who is the most recent prospect to be promoted to Atlanta, hit .322 for his minor league career in 288 games and 1013 at bats. Of course, La Stella graduated to the major leagues two months ago at the age of 25 and was 22 when he started his pro career. His best season batting average was .356 in 2013 when he played in 81 games in Mississippi after starting the season and playing in seven games in Lynchburg.
La Stella hit .293 in Triple-A Gwinnett before he was sent to the majors. He's hit .287 in his first 48 games with Atlanta with 22 runs batted in.
Jason Heyward hit .317 in his minor league career in 246 games and 902 at bats. Heyward's best single season was in 2009 when he hit .323 between Myrtle Beach, Mississippi and Gwinnett.
Freddie Freeman played in 427 minor league games in the Atlanta farm system and hit .303 in 1590 at bats. His best single season was in 2010 when he hit .319 in Gwinnett.
Evan Gattis hit .306 in his minor league career in 869 at bats. Gattis' best season was in 2011 when he hit .322 for the Rome Braves.
Remember that shortstop Andrelton Simmons won a batting title in the Carolina League in Lynchburg in 2011 with a .311 batting average. His career minor league average was .299.
So all five of Atlanta's current starters that are homegrown talents hit .299 or better in their minor league careers.
Former Braves catcher Brian McCann hit .278 in his minor league career. A .290 batting average in Rome in 2003 was his best season.
How about Martin Prado, who like Peraza is from Venezuela. He hit .298 in his 500 minor league games and 1950 at bats.
When Rafael Furcal, who Peraza has been compared to as a leadoff hitter, came up to the Braves in 2000, he had a .311 batting average in his three minor league seasons. Furcal hit .322 between Macon and Myrtle Beach in 1999, his final season in the minor leagues.
Chipper Jones hit .313 in his three-plus minor league seasons before he came up to the Braves in the 1995 campaign. Jones played in 456 games and had 1679 at bats, with his best single season coming in 1991 when he hit .326 in Macon.
So Peraza is doing very well when comparing his current tremendous season to the current and former stars that played in the Atlanta farm system. Might the Braves test Peraza by pushing him to Gwinnett at some point in the next five weeks to see if he could be a candidate for Atlanta in September? If he continues to have great games like the last three, it might be an option.
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