2011 TigsTown Player Capsule: Jhonny Peralta

When the Tigers elected to bring Jhonny Peralta back to be the team's starting shortstop, there was some concern if Peralta could handle the role. But Peralta came to camp in outstanding shape and promptly turned in a career year that resulted in his first All-Star game appearance.

Jhonny Peralta

Five Numbers That Sum Up The Season

Home OPS

OPS+

1st Half OPS

ISO

UZR/150

.898

124

.891

0.18

10.7


What It All Means

There was some uncertainty about the Tigers bringing back Peralta to man shortstop, but with limited alternatives and some offensive upside, it seemed like a sound move, and it paid off big time as Peralta turned in a career year in which he rode a monster first half of the season to an All-Star game appearance. Peralta shined especially at home, and especially in the first half of the year, with his OPS in both categories approaching .900 as he was well above average production-wise for the year. Peralta also belted 25 home runs and posted an ISO of 0.18, a 20% boost on his career average. Peralta's defense was also in question, especially his range, but Peralta turned in a very good UZR/150 and there were few, if any, questions about his ability on defense all year long.

What Does the Future Hold

Barring a large shake-up in the infield that might see him shift to third base, Peralta will be holding down shortstop for the Tigers in 2012, and without a younger/cheaper option coming up behind him in the farm system, he will likely be expected to hold down that role for more than just next year. Given his production in 2011, you'd have a hard time finding anyone that would want to argue with that.

Contract Status

Peralta will be entering the second year of a two-year deal that will pay him $5.5 million in 2012 after getting $5.25 million in 2011. The Tigers also own a club option on Peralta for 2013 at $6 million, which it seems like is a safe bet to be exercised after next year.

All statistics are provided by Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com, with all contract information thanks to Cot's Contracts.

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