David Peralta
Peralta with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016
Free agent
Born: (1987-08-14) August 14, 1987 (age 36)
Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 1, 2014, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
(through 2023 season)
Batting average.279
Home runs117
Runs batted in541
Career highlights and awards

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 in 2014 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, where 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. He signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the 2023 season.

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

Peralta in 2020

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]

Los Angeles Dodgers

On February 16, 2023, Peralta signed a one-year, $6.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.[15] He played in 133 games, and hit .259 with seven home runs and 55 RBI.[16] At the conclusion of the season, Peralta underwent a flexor tendon repair procedure on his left arm to repair an injury he suffered around mid-season.[17] He became a free agent following the season.

Personal life

Peralta's wife Jordan gave birth to their first child in August 2017.[18]

See also


  1. ^ Sports, ARIZONA SPORTS Arizona (July 31, 2022). "David Peralta's thank you message to D-backs fans following trade". Arizona Sports. Retrieved December 12, 2022.
  2. ^ Ringolsby, Tracy (May 22, 2016). "Peralta a prime example of never giving up". MLB.com. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  3. ^ a b 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. ^ a b 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 (July 30, 2022). "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. ^ Stephen, Eric (February 16, 2023). "Dodgers finalize contracts for David Peralta, Alex Reyes, and Jimmy Nelson". SB Nation. Retrieved February 16, 2023.
  16. ^ "David Peralta Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved October 6, 2023.
  17. ^ McDonald, Darragh (October 24, 2023). "David Peralta Undergoes Flexor Tendon Repair Procedure". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved October 25, 2023.
  18. ^ "New Dad David Peralta: 'The best feeling ever'". Fox Sports. Retrieved December 22, 2017.