When it came to the 2018 Arizona Diamondbacks batting lineup entering into the fantasy baseball season, the talk that dominated things centered on the installation of the humidor at Chase Field and how it could negatively impact the Paul Goldschmidt's, Jake Lamb's, and A.J. Pollock's of the world. With two of the three having seen their offensive numbers crater and the third go out with serious injury, good news on the hitting front was few and far between. One bright spot however has been the performance of outfielder David Peralta who at the age of 30 seems poised for a career-year as he goes into Thursday's action with the following numbers:
Looking at the number, the home runs jump out quickly as Peralta already is just 5 short of his previous high of 17 set back in 2015. Clearly, Peralta is hitting for power at a per game right he has never shown previously and some of that has to do with an increase both in his line drive (decent) and fly ball (slight) rates. In addition, Peralta seems to be swinging much more aggressively this season as well since his K/9 of 22.7 is up by a bunch from 16.3 the year prior. So while the power uptick is nice, Peralta has taken a hit in the average department after hitting a very good .293 a year ago. That is the trade-off that usually takes place under such an arrangement though and his fantasy baseball owners are not complaining.
As far as the rest of the numbers are concerned, the counting stats in runs and RBI are solid which is helped by Peralta hitting at or near the top of the D-Backs lineup but the speed is almost non-existent so far with just the two stolen bases. Overall though, Peralta has been a terrific waiver add who is holding his own as a solid OF 3 this season. Still in his prime and showing the increased power, we are on the side of the fun continuing.