Peraza on fire in Triple-A Gwinnett

Jose Peraza is starting to heat up for the Gwinnett Braves.

Braves top prospect Jose Peraza was 4-4 Sunday with two runs scored and three runs batted in as Gwinnett beat Toledo. His season batting average is now up to .301 as he has 28 hits in 24 games.

Peraza, who just turned 21 last Thursday, has hit .404 (21-52) in his last 14 games. His career batting average in the minor leagues is now .305 in 1451 at bats.

The Braves are giving Jace Peterson a chance at second base. He's hitting .239 with six RBI and one stolen base. But as soon as Peraza proves to the Braves he is ready for a promotion to Atlanta, the Braves will likely move Peterson over and make room for their top prospect.

Some in spring training believed Peraza would need a full season in Triple-A before he was ready, but others were convinced he might only need two or three months. If he continues hitting near .300, Peraza may convince those who remain skeptical about his ability to play in Atlanta.

Peterson will likely become a utilityman once Peraza is promoted. Peterson can get playing time at third base if Chris Johnson is still out or spell Peraza at second base.

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