June 8, 2014
Welcome to the latest edition of the Indy Ball Weekly Perspective
- I read a great story on the American Association website, written by Bob Wirz of Independent Baseball Insider. Daniel Peralta is a rookie outfielder with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Originally signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 2004, Peralta was a minor league pitcher that struggled with arm injuries before being released by the Cardinals in 2009. Peralta has since spent two and a half years in the independent league absolutely destroying the baseball. Playing for the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings of the, now defunct North American Baseball League, he was third in the league in hitting with a .392 average in 85 games with 17 home runs and 81 RBI. He followed that up hitting .332 with three big flies and 70 RBI in 98 games with the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association. Peralta has flourished in his time with the Diamondbacks. What's crazy is that Peralta has advanced from independent ball, through the D-Backs minor league system to their Major League roster in only 11 months. Advancing through Single A and Double A, Peralta maintained an average between .297 and .346. He rarely strikes out and his power numbers have stayed consistent. In six games with the Diamondbacks, he continues to pound the baseball. In six games and 24 at-bats, the 27-year-old pitcher turned hitter, enters the second week of June batting .357.
- All-time hits leader Pete Rose is back in baseball. Rose will manage one game for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League (June 16). Rose says he's doing this for the love of the game and that may be true, but I believe the Atlantic League giving him his time in the sun is bigger than the game. Bluefish general manager, Ken Shepard, summed it up perfectly. "The Atlantic League was created to be a league of second chances"