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SnakePit Appraisals: David Peralta

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David Peralta came out of nowhere to be one of the biggest surprises in baseball for 2014. Was it enough to get the highest appraisal score from the Diamondbacks fanbase?

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Strengths

  • " Peralta’s awesome steal of home plate against the Rockies on 8 August is worth a 5! Today, I watched it again!" - Makakilo
  • "A great story who hit the ball with authority from foul line to foul line. The season’s best surprise." - Desertice
  • "All he does is rake and get on base, at every level he’s played now including the majors." - Fangdango
  • "He was an exciting addition to the lineup in a not so exciting line up" - ex-distancerunner
  • "The sheer fact that he was a pitcher and was able to hit his way up is impressive enough" - AzRattler

Weaknesses

  • "[An] inability to hit LHP in both  majors and minors, declining production as the season progressed, and extreme home/away splits" - xmet
  • "He’s already a bit older too, so while it is not impossible for him to improve that skill, it is likely that even if he does improve versus LHP, he may not improve enough" - James Attwood
  • "Since he is 27 I have doubts about what his upside might be." - JoeCB1991

Towards 2015

  • ""Old" Rookies typically dont sustain this type of success" - shoewizard
  • "Might end up at best being a 4th outfielder but a pretty good 4th outfielder." - JoeCB1991
  • "Trade David now while he has value." - ford.williams.10
  • "He should only continue to get better both at the plate and in the field. There’s always the chance that it goes south from this point forward, but after watching him play for a little more than half a season, I don’t think that’s going to happen." - Fangdango

Comment of the Thread

Sentimental 5

He faded and doesnt project real well.

But I have a rule.

If you pop up from nowhere, rip .320 for two solid months, routinely soil your uniform and lead the majors in triples frequency, then you get a five.

That’s the rule.

His was an unexpected midseason vitality that, had the team ultimately contended, we would deem magical in retrospect.

The Tally

  • 5 - Highly Satisfied: 83%
  • 4 - Somewhat Satisfied: 15%
  • 3 - Neither Satisfied Nor Dissatisfied: 1%
  • 2 - Somewhat Dissatisfied: 0%
  • 1 - Very Dissatisfied: 0%

No point in analyzing the above; people clearly loved Peralta's performance in 2014. If there's a reason for this it seems largely to be based off the absolute lack of expectations at the start of the season (if the person voting had even heard of Peralta in Spring; I know I hadn't). He hit his way into our hearts, but there's also nearly universal concern about 2015, which is normal for players that come out of nowhere.

The Scoreboard

  1. David Peralta 4.82 (162 votes)
  2. Evan Marshall 4.76 (119)
  3. Josh Collmenter 4.71 (151)
  4. Paul Goldschmidt 4.64 (168)
  5. Ender Inciarte 4.51 (111)
  6. Chase Anderson 4.18 (161)
  7. Chris Owings 4.13 (112)
  8. Vidal Nuno 3.96 (92)
  9. Eury de la Rosa 3.63 (91)
  10. Cliff Pennington 3.52 (62)
  11. Tuffy Gosewisch 3.50 (113)
  12. Brandon McCarthy 3.43 (542)***
  13. Jake Lamb 3.31 (115)
  14. Gerardo Parra 3.14 (122)
  15. Wade Miley 2.94 (122)
  16. Didi Gregorius 2.75 (106)
  17. Miguel Montero 2.67 (128)
  18. Mike Bolsinger 2.67 (117)
  19. Bronson Arroyo 2.63 (125)
  20. Will Harris 2.49 (61)
  21. Randall Delgado 2.25 (122)
  22. Aaron Hill 2.11 (91)
  23. Trevor Cahill 1.07 (147)