Detroit Tigers: Jhonny Peralta is Good, But is he Overrated?

By Connor Muldowney
Jhonny Peralta
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Jhonny Peralta has been rock solid this season, but his impressive numbers in 2013 are a bit deceiving. As a career .268 hitter, Peralta has been overachieving to the max this season.

With numbers like his, an all-star selection is not too far away. Having one of the top averages in the league at .324, he’s the Detroit Tigers‘ second-best hitter behind Miguel Cabrera. He has also shown a bit of pop with seven homers and 34 RBI, on pace to finish with about 15 homers and 70 RBI.

Let’s just say that Jhonny has been on the spot in 2013. Since joining the Tigers, the 31-year-old shortstop has been as solid of a shortstop as they could have asked for.

He had his best season as a pro with the Tigers in 2011, hitting .299 with 21 home runs and 86 RBI, but his has hit below .260 in two out of his four seasons on the team.

Sure, his performance this year could be a sign of things to come, but at the age of 31, it’s hard to improve when you’re career in on the ‘back nine’ so to speak.

Detroit has been a solid home for the guy, as he’s on pace to have his best season in the big leagues. He’s never hit over .300 in a full season and could be a career-.260 hitter at heart, but his overachieving play this season has many people confused.

Is he overrated? In my opinion, I believe he is. He’s been in the league for 10 seasons and has never finished with a .300 or above average while having limited range but a powerful arm at shortstop. He cannot make the plays that the quick, young shortstops can make and sometimes looks lethargic.

Besides the walk-off home run he hit against the Boston Red Sox, his .324 average this season has been as quiet as any. Sorry folks, but don’t get used to the hot-hitting Peralta for too long.

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