David Peralta’s right shoulder continues to be a cause of grief for him this year. He missed 11 games at the end of May, and then another 14 games in June, both with inflammation of the right shoulder joint. Now, it appears the issue has resurfaced once again, with Peralta having to go back on the injured list.
Whether this is a factor or not, Peralta’s offensive production has definitely dropped this year. His OPS+ is down from 127 to 105, mostly due to a reduction in his power. Last year, he hit a home-run every 20.5 plate-appearances, this season the figure is north of 35. By bWAR, his overall value in 2019 (1.7) has been less than half of what it was in 2018 (3.9). As the 25-man roster’s most well-paid position player (at $7 million, trailing only you-know-who in the D-backs organization), this is definitely a disappointing year. Though it may rein in Peralta’s cost next year, when he hits his final season of arbitration.
Locastro gets an unexpectedly quick return to the majors, nine days after being optioned to Reno, to make room for another pitcher. It was expected he would not be back when rosters expand at the beginning of September. He is batting .252 with a .704 OPS. And, of course, leads the team with 16 HBP - more than twice as many as anyone - in just 188 PA. He’ll now be able to continue his run at the franchise record of 19, set by Justin Upton in the 2011 campaign.