Independent Baseball grad David Peralta (pictured) is making life much more enjoyable for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who still are trying to work their way out of their miserable start.  Peralta, an American Association standout at Amarillo, TX last season and at Wichita, KS in ’12, is hitting .429 (15-for-35) in his last 10 games with nine RBI to lift his average for 34 games since coming up from Class AA to .325.

Manager Kirk Gibson praised Peralta to “He’s got a good swing path.  He’s very short to the ball, he swings down through the ball.  He stays aggressive, he recognizes the ball pretty good.”

Four Eastern Leaguers Add Glitter to Busy All-Star Week

Defending American League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (Fort Worth, TX, American Association) and Atlantic League-rejuvenated southpaw starter Scott Kazmir (Sugar Land, TX) will draw the greatest attention for Independent Baseball in the four attractive All-Star Games scheduled next Tuesday and Wednesday (July 15-16) for the basic reason they will be playing for the American League.  But hurlers identified in this space last week will be in the Triple-A classic and other players have been selected for the Eastern League tilt at Altoona, PA.

Cody Satterwhite should attract looks from scouts since the right-hander, who put together a 0.65 earned run average as a reliever in the American Association (Sioux City, IA) only last season, is at it again with the New York Mets’ club in Binghamton, NY, with a 1.60 ERA (3-1, six saves) and 42 strikeouts while allowing only 25 hits in 39.1 innings.

(Fans may subscribe at newly-reduced rates to this Independent Baseball Insider column, which will be published 36 times in 2014, at  Bob Wirz provides supplemental stories about Independent Baseball on his blog,  The author has 16 years of major league baseball experience with Kansas City and as chief spokesman for two Commissioners, and lives in Stratford, CT.)


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