It's been an intriguing 24 hours for Atlanta's top position prospect Jose Peraza. Last night, he was pulled from game one of a doubleheader with Mississippi, leading some to speculate than he may be getting a call up. MLB's Mark Bowman quickly quashed that speculation:
A #Braves official says there is nothing to make of Peraza. He was double-switched in game one and he was scheduled to rest in the nightcap.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) August 8, 2014
Questioned further today about Peraza getting a call, Bowman added this:
@jase1129 if Simmons is hurt worse than originally expected, what other option do they have?— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) August 8, 2014
It's important to note that this is just his speculation, but there is no other reporter who's more plugged in with the Braves than Bowman. Put succinctly, his speculation carries more weight than just about anyone else's.
And he makes a valid point. If Atlanta is without their All-World defensive shortstop for any substantial length of time, do you really want to make Ramiro Pena a starter? Elmer Reyes? Tyler Pastornicky?
Atlanta's offense is already terrible right now. Jose Peraza is the only possible Simmons replacement that wouldn't exacerbate that awfulness.