Peterson heating up for the Braves

With more playing time, Jace Peterson is simply getting better.

Jace Peterson won the Braves second base job in late February, right when the Braves got to Orlando. He won it with his hustle and the impressive first impression he made as a new player. Then Peterson cemented his position with a great performance in the Grapefruit League.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez had Peterson start off as the second baseman, but then he started to insert Phil Gosselin and Alberto Callaspo in at second, sending Peterson to the bench.

But recently Gonzalez has left Peterson alone. Peterson has now started 10 games in a row, since April 25. In those 10 games, Peterson has hit .355 (11-31) with 4 RBI and 5 walks.

Peterson's season average is now up to .257. It was at .171 when he started this stretch of games. Peterson's on base percentage is now at .333.

The Braves have Jose Peraza doing very well in Triple-A Gwinnett, and there's little doubt the top prospect could be ready in the next six weeks. But the team needs to find out what Peterson can be. Is he good enough to be an everyday player? Well, he simply needs consistent at bats to show us one way or the other.

If the Braves want to bring Peraza up to play second, it's possible they could simply move Peterson to third base, especially if the revolving door continues there with Chris Johnson out. But Peterson deserves to stay in the lineup right now, and hopefully the manager will leave him in there. He's a young kid, so he doesn't need any days off. Let's see what Peterson can do, especially since this last sample of 10 games has been very impressive.




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