David Peralta

Senger David Peralta Guerreiro (born August 14, 1987) nicknamed "Freight Train"[1] is a Venezuelan professional baseball outfielder who is a free agent. He made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014. He won the Silver Slugger Award in 2018 and the Gold Glove Award in 2019. The Diamondbacks traded Peralta to the Tampa Bay Rays in 2022.

David Peralta
Peralta with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016
Free agent
Born: (1987-08-14) August 14, 1987
Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 1, 2014, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
(through 2022 season)
Batting average.281
Home runs110
Runs batted in486
Career highlights and awards

Early life

David Peralta was born on August 14, 1987 in Valencia, Venezuela where he grew up with two sisters, Ivonne and Erika.[2] His father is also named David Peralta, and his mother is Diocelina Peralta.[3]


Early career

Peralta started his career as a pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, having signed with the team in 2004 for a $35,000 bonus.[4][5] After numerous injuries and two shoulder surgeries, the Cardinals released Peralta in May 2009.[3]

Peralta then played as an outfielder in independent baseball for the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings, Wichita Wingnuts, and Amarillo Sox.[6][7]

Arizona Diamondbacks

On July 3, 2013, Peralta signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[8]

Peralta was called up to the majors for the first time on June 1, 2014.[9] He made his major league debut that day.[7] He tied a Diamondbacks record by recording 7 multi-hit games in his first 15 games, hitting .328 with one home run and two RBIs.[10] 2015 was a breakout season for Peralta, who hit .312 and racked up 17 home runs and an NL-leading 10 triples as the Diamondbacks' primary left fielder.[11]

Peralta played in 48 games for the Diamondbacks in 2016, hitting .251/.295/.433 with 4 home runs and 43 hits in 171 at-bats. In 2017 with Arizona, Peralta played in 140 games for the club, batting .293/.352/.444 with 154 hits and 14 home runs in 525 at-bats. In 2018, Peralta hit .293/.352/.516 in 146 games for the Diamondbacks, with a career high 164 hits and a career high 30 home runs. Peralta was awarded the Silver Slugger award at the end of the season. In 2019, Peralta batted .275/.343/.461 in 99 games for Arizona, with 105 hits and 12 home runs. He was awarded the Gold Glove award at the end of the season. Peralta would continue his success offensively in the 2020 season, hitting an even .300 with 5 home runs and finishing second on the team in RBI with 34.

On May 14, 2021, Peralta made his pitching debut, allowing 3 runs in an inning during a blowout loss versus the Washington Nationals. In the appearance, he notched his first major league strikeout, punching out Nationals outfielder Yadiel Hernández.[12] In 2021, Peralta batted .259/.325/.402 with 8 home runs and 63 RBIs. He was tied for the major league lead with eight triples.

Tampa Bay Rays

On July 30, 2022, Peralta was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Christian Cerda.[13] Peralta singled twice on October 1, 2022, versus Cristian Javier of the Houston Astros to earn his 1,000th career hit.[14]

Personal life

Peralta's wife Jordan gave birth to their first child in August 2017.[15]

See also

  • List of Major League Baseball annual triples leaders
  • List of Major League Baseball players from Venezuela


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  2. Ringolsby, Tracy (May 22, 2016). "Peralta a prime example of never giving up". MLB.com. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  3. Nightengale, Bob (April 1, 2016). "'It's never too late': David Peralta's unlikely renaissance in Arizona". USA Today. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  4. Reiter, Ben (July 22, 2015). "How David Peralta went from indy league player to MLB outfielder". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  5. Kepner, Tyler (March 25, 2016). "David Peralta's Relentless Push From Independent Ball to the Majors". New York Times. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  6. Stavenhagen, Cody (June 15, 2013). "Hard-working Peralta makes transition to everyday player with Amarillo Sox". Amarillo Globe-News. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  7. Fox Sports. "Scout's honor: The discovery of David Peralta". FOX Sports. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  8. Heneghan, Kelsie (April 23, 2014). "Peralta's perseverance paying off for Mobile". MILB.com. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  9. "Surgery for D-Backs' Pollock; Peralta called up". ESPN.com. Associated Press. June 1, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  10. "Arizona Diamondbacks on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  11. Yahoo Sports
  12. "Peralta's lobbying leads to debut as pitcher". MLB.com.
  13. Rogers, Jesse. "Tampa Bay Rays acquire veteran outfielder David Peralta from Arizona Diamondbacks, sources say". ESPN. Retrieved July 30, 2022.
  14. "Javier throws 6 strong innings, AL-best Astros beat Rays 2–1". ESPN.com. Associated Press. October 1, 2022. Retrieved October 2, 2022.
  15. "New Dad David Peralta: 'The best feeling ever'". Fox Sports. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
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