2. Oswald Peraza
Baseball is a game of ridin’ roller coasters, and while Anthony Volpe appeared to be have climbed the peak at the end of April/start of May (when he hit two bombs in five games), he’s now riding an 0-9 in Altoona, which has brought the average back down. There have been flashes. He should be fine. He’s been an above-average player for several weeks now.
But he doesn’t make this list over Oswald Peraza, who’s finally acclimated to Triple-A over the past few games.
Bizarrely enough, both Volpe and Peraza hit .197 in the month of April at their respective levels, but Peraza has hit the gas, going 8-for-32 with a homer and three doubles since the calendar turned. His efforts have been capped by a 3-for-5 game against Syracuse on Wednesday, featuring a homer, two singles and two runs scored (along with, uh, his third fielding error of the season).
If this list had been published a week ago, Volpe probably would’ve been on it. His segment would’ve been highlighted by his birthday shenanigans and stolen base streak. Unfortunately, he’s snapped out of it, and the 21-year-old Peraza has finally shown some semblance of turning a corner for the first time this season.