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The Week That Was
After an injury marred 2016 where he only played 48 games, David Peralta bounced back in 2017 with a .293 average, but it came with only 14 homers. It seemed like the right wrist injury from 2016 might still be sapping his power, as wrist injuries often can. The wrist hasn't been an issue in 2018 as after his recent white hot streak, Peralta finds himself hitting .306 with 25 homers and 70 RBI through 114 games. The most drastic aspect to his breakout is the massive increase in his hard contact. Peralta's hard hit rate in 2017 was 31.8 percent, his previous career high was 35.4 percent, but so far this year, he checks in at 47.4 percent, which puts him in the top 10 in baseball.
Peralta is such a fun story that I always find myself rooting for him. He initially came up in the Cardinals' system as a pitcher in 2006 and then found himself out of baseball before starting his path back into baseball as an outfielder in the independent leagues before latching on with the D'Backs. Peralta's HR/FB rate is certainly elevated at 23.1 percent, which has helped the home run breakout, but along with the increase in hard contact, he has also increased his fly ball rate over 30 percent. I owned Peralta in a couple of leagues in 2014 when he made his first splash in the majors so I found myself watching a lot of his at-bats,