Peraza just keeps on hitting

The Braves have to be at least thinking about giving Jose Peraza a chance in September, right?

Jose Peraza was 4-5 on Tuesday night as the Mississippi Braves beat Montgomery 7-4.

Peraza's batting average with Mississippi is now .342. His overall season average is now .342.

We can't stress enough that Peraza just turned 20 years old on April 30. It's truly amazing what this young man is doing at such a young age.

Peraza had two doubles and another stolen base Tuesday night. He now has seven stolen bases in Double-A and 42 on the season.

This kid is obviously the best player in the Atlanta farm system this season. He has had a remarkable season with the bat and on the bases. But now the questions is becoming almost obvious: Do the Braves bring this kid up at some point to help the offense?

Tommy La Stella has done nothing to warrant a trip to the bench. He's hitting .291 in his first 134 big league at bats. So what in the world are the Braves going to do if Peraza continues to show that he might warrant a trip to the big leagues?

Well, they could bring him up in September when the rosters can expand. At the least he would be a good bat off the bench and a pinch-runner. But if the Braves are tempted, might they see if Peraza could be a leadoff man?

Sure, B.J. Upton is doing better in that role. But how is this team going to do something significant in October? The offense will be key, and to have a true leadoff man on the roster like Peraza might be too tempting to pass up.

It certainly is fun to see the type of prospect Peraza is get closer to the big leagues. The Braves haven't had a true leadoff man since Michael Bourn left after the 2012 season.

Even if you take out the prospects for what could happen this season, what could the Braves do next year? Is Peraza at the least showing he could be ready to take over at second base by next season? If so, what do the Braves do - put him at second and trade La Stella? Put Peraza in the outfield? Put Peraza in a trade?

These are good problems to have, and Peraza will continue to provide general manager Frank Wren with some interesting options for the future.

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