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Saturday, January 20, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: JOSE PERAZA 2B CINCINNATI REDS

We admit to possibly going a tad overboard hyping Cincinnati Reds infield prospect Jose Peraza heading into the 2017 fantasy baseball but it was difficult not to be seduced by the offensive skills the speedster possesses.  Peraza hinted at what he was capable of while debuting for the team in 2016 as he batted .324, hit 3 home runs, and swiped 21 bases in just 256 at-bats.  Those were tantalizing numbers in a small sample size and combined with being very young, it appeared as though a breakout was at hand for 2017.  Unfortunately, we didn't give enough thought to Peraza being just 23 and thus likely having to undergo some adjustments at the major league level.  A very tough beginning to the season (.226 March/April) made it seem more likely that Peraza would be sent back down to the minors than being a help in fantasy baseball but from that point forward the kid wound up doing all right.  While the overall numbers fell short of expectations in terms of fantasy baseball (.259, 5 HR, 23 SB), the Reds seem prepared to see it through with Peraza for the 2018 season.  Turning just 25 in April, Peraza could very well make do on his remaining potential this season and the lowered draft price this time around makes him an interesting buy-low candidate.

2018 PROJECTION:  .277 6 HR 40 RBI 66 R 28 SB 
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