Could Peraza be headed to Double-A?

Could the Braves be close to promoting top prospect Jose Peraza? Bill Shanks has more.

The Lynchburg Hillcats gave second baseman Jose Peraza the day off on Sunday. You have to wonder if he'll still be with the Hillcats when they open the second half of the season on Thursday night when they host Potomac.

Peraza will join outfielder Kyle Wren and pitcher Greg Ross on the Carolina League All-Star Team in Wilmington on Tuesday. And with Peraza's outstanding first half of the season, there may be a chance the Braves let him move on up to Double-A Mississippi after his appearance in the All-Star Game.

Peraza, who just turned 20 years old on April 30, leads the Carolina League in hitting with a .342 batting average. That's 16 points higher than the next highest mark. His 97 hits are 20 more than anyone else in the league. He also leads in stolen bases with 35.

What's the one thing Peraza has not done well? He has only 10 walks this season, so that's something that needs to improve in time. But with all the hits he has, his on base percentage is still at .365.

With Tommy La Stella doing well in his first month with the Braves, there is no reason to rush Peraza. However, the Braves did debate starting Peraza off in Mississippi for this season and allowing him to skip Lynchburg completely. That's how impressed they were with him in spring training.

Peraza is a more well-rounded player than La Stella, who is still questionable defensively. Peraza's emergence does give the Braves another top position player prospect, which they desperately need.

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