Apr 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta (27) hits a infield single in the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Tigers' Jhonny Peralta On Pace For Best Season Ever


Sample sizes might be considered to be questionable at this point in the season by some, but I really don’t see a problem with simply extrapolating a players’ statistics out to 162 games to see what their likely level of performance will be.

Jhonny Peralta is no Bryce Harper (who’s on pace for a league-leading 324 home runs), but he had himself a nice day at the plate last year and is on track for what will certainly turn out to be a career year. There was much noise of upgrading the shortstop position over the offseason, but Peralta got to work in south Florida, dropped about 20 pounds, and has already proven the masses to be wrong about him.

Peralta had two base hits and a walk in four plate appearances on opening day to open the season with a would-be-record setting .667/.750/.667 slash line. He also stole a base, scored a run, and played solidly average defense. According to FanGraphs, he’s already accumulated 0.2 WAR.

You thought Mike Trout’s 10 WAR season was impressive last year? You thought Babe Ruth’s 15 WAR 1923 season was the best of all time? Try 32 WAR. That’s the kind of pace Peralta is on. We’re talking more or less Ryan Braun’s entire career to-date wrapped up in 162 neat little games.

If you ever hated on Jhonny Peralta (I’m looking at you, Lynn Henning), then you were wrong, because he’s in the best shape of his life and he’s on pace for the best individual season of all time.

The record books are about to be shattered.

 

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  • kalinecountry

    Henning all off season was on Peralta and Porcello’s case every other week. Now he says it’s a good thing the Tigers kept them. In his predictions thread he has evan longoria winning the batting title over Cabrera. fact is longoria has never batted .300

  • Yahoo

    Funny strange. I would be happy to see Peralta provide average fielding and hit a respectable .280 in his last year with the Tigers. Using the same small sample “fun” logic, Miguel would have his worst year ever.