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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Morosi: Scout’s honor: The discovery of David Peralta

Searching for grit mostly just turns up dirt, but it can occasionally unearth a gem.

Chris Carminucci, the Arizona Diamondbacks’™ coordinator of independent league scouting… is why the fourth-place Diamondbacks can claim one of the best stories in baseball this season: David Peralta, the effervescent 27-year-old rookie outfielder from Venezuela…

Peralta, who made his major-league debut June 1, is now the Diamondbacks’€™ everyday right fielder and No. 3 hitter… Peralta’€™s .793 OPS ranks among the top 30 major-league outfielders who have at least 250 plate appearances this year… Peralta’€™s pro baseball career began as a pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals’ system. He was released in 2009 after two shoulder surgeries, having never made it out of rookie ball. But Peralta went home to Venezuela, transformed himself into a position player and returned to the U.S. in 2011… As the ‘12 season wore on, two of Carminucci’€™s contacts with a rival team in the American Association €—Laredo Lemurs manager Pete Incaviglia and pitching coach Bill Bryk Jr.—€” reaffirmed his original assessment of Peralta: He’€™s a good ‘€˜A’™ ball player if you need one... “€œHe was calling me every three or four days: ‘€˜I was 2 for 3 with a double. I went 3 for 4,’ ” Carminucci remembered… Finally a roster spot opened at Class A Visalia, and the Diamondbacks purchased Peralta’€™s contract. He had his second chance at affiliated ball—and responded with a .346 batting average in 51 games…

Added to the roster for a spring game because the Diamondbacks needed an extra outfielder, Peralta grounded a single up the middle and hustled to second on a momentary bobble by the center fielder… That one play in spring training stood out in our GM’s eyes, and it stuck with him all year.” [said Carminucci]...

In contrast to massive amateur scouting departments that cost upwards of $4 million per year—€” before signing bonuses—€” only a handful of major-league organizations employ a full-time independent league scout like Carminucci.

Perhaps more of them should.

The District Attorney Posted: August 21, 2014 at 10:30 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: david peralta, diamondbacks, independent leagues, scouting

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