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Arizona Diamondbacks: Grading the Outfielders

By Chris Lacey
PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 02: Chris Owings #16 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is congratulated by Chris Herrmann #10, Jake Lamb #22, Paul Goldschmidt #44 and Yasmany Tomas #24 afte Owings hit the game winning RBI single against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning of the MLB opening day game at Chase Field on April 2, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 02: Chris Owings #16 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is congratulated by Chris Herrmann #10, Jake Lamb #22, Paul Goldschmidt #44 and Yasmany Tomas #24 afte Owings hit the game winning RBI single against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning of the MLB opening day game at Chase Field on April 2, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 04: David Peralta #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a single during the second inning of the National League Wild Card game against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field on October 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 04: David Peralta #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a single during the second inning of the National League Wild Card game against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field on October 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

David Peralta

David Peralta was the sparkplug for the club as he was the player that set the tone for the lineup. Peralta compiled a .293 batting average and .796 OPS in 140 games with 32 doubles, three triples, 14 homers and 57 RBIs.

He began the season hitting second in the lineup and was superb in this spot, as indicated by his .324 average, .377 on-base percentage and 27 RBIs from this spot in the order.

Diamondbacks manager decided to shift Peralta to the leadoff spot during the second-half of the season. There was a drop-off in his stats, as his average plummeted to .267, but he still had a very respectable .336 OBP.

Peralta is someone that isn’t afraid to attack early in the count, especially on the first pitch. He accumulated a .431 average and 1.134 OPS with four homers and 13 RBI on the first pitch from opposing teams.

He’s not your prototypical lead-off hitter that will take pitches to get on base but manages to reach base in other ways.

The significant difference for Peralta is that he was healthy for the 2017 season. He played in just 48 games in 2016, due to injuries.

Peralta is a solid player and proved that he can hit at the top of the lineup.

Grade:

. . . DAVID PERALTA. B+

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