In the latest edition of from the vault, take a look at Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta and his four-year tenure with the organization.
The Detroit Tigers season is still on hold, though the league seems to be moving towards a resolution; in the downtime, take a walk down memory lane. Back when the Tigers were still winning games and contending in the American League (AL) Central.
Back in 2010, the Tigers would bring a shortstop by the name of Jhonny Peralta and cash for a pitcher, Giovanni Soto. Peralta would spend 2010 with the organization, followed by the next three seasons before moving on to the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
Peralta was a two-time all-star with the Tigers in 2011 and 2013; however, he was suspended for Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) use. The use of PEDs can put a damper on career, and it made for some controversy after he departed the Tigers, but he played an important role here.
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He was a part of three postseason runs, came into his own and proved he was a reliable shortstop until he was busted for PED use.
In 2011, Peralta would hit .299/.345/.478 with 21 home runs and 86 RBI on the season with his first all-star appearance.
During the 2012 season, as the Tigers played themselves into the postseason and ultimately a World Series appearance.
Peralta would hit .239/.305/.384 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI. He would bounce back (possibly due to PEDs) in 2013, earning his second all-star nomination with the Tigers.
In 2013, Peralta played in .303/.358/.457 with 11 home runs and 55 RBI over 107 games on the season for the Tigers. He was the shortstop during the last time the Tigers were genuinely competitive and made it to the World Series, ultimately, to get swept by the San Francisco Giants.
Peralta had his career marked with an asterisk due to his issues surrounding PEDs, which ultimately resulted in him getting an over-valued contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. His four-year tenure with the Tigers was only a part of his fifteen total seasons in the big leagues.
However, while with the Tigers, he was a solid shortstop who got the job done, and was solid for the time he was in a Tigers uniform. He was just one of many players who moved on from the Tigers after the window of competition started closing.
Being that he left in 2013, Peralta was one of the first to head out from the 2012 World Series team as the team was still a playoff contender until the 2014 season.
Jhonny Peralta is just another Detroit Tigers player from the vault on the walk down memory lane to a time before the rebuild.