|Detroit Tigers – No. 27|
|Shortstop / Third baseman|
May 28, 1982 |
Santiago, Dominican Republic
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|June 12, 2003 for the Cleveland Indians|
(through May 22, 2013)
|Runs batted in||662|
|Career highlights and awards|
Jhonny Antonio Peralta (born May 28, 1982) is a Dominican professional baseball shortstop with the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball. A one-time All-Star, he previously played with the Cleveland Indians.
Playing career 
Cleveland Indians 
Peralta was signed by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent in 1999. In 2000, the 18-year-old Peralta began his pro career with the Columbus RedStixx, the Class A affiliate of the Indians in the South Atlantic League. He batted .241 in 106 games, playing all but one game at shortstop (the other was at third base). The following season he advanced to the Kinston Indians, the Cleveland Indians' High-A affiliate in the Carolina League. In 125 games, he batted .240. In 2002, Peralta moved up to the Double-A Akron Aeros, where he hit .281.
Peralta made his major league debut with Cleveland on June 12, 2003, filling in for the injured short stop Omar Vizquel. He would go on to hit .227 with four home runs (HR) and 21 runs batted in (RBI) in 2003. In 2004, despite great Triple-A numbers, Peralta only saw 25 at-bats in eight games with the Indians due to the presence of perennial Gold Glover and fan-favorite Vizquel, who left the Indians as a free agent after the 2004 season.
By this time, Peralta had established himself as one of the minor league's better hitters in his time with the Akron Aeros and Buffalo Bisons. He was the 2004 Player of the Year in the International League, helping Buffalo win the International League championship. He was named the Indians' 2004 Minor League Player of the Year (receiving the "Lou Boudreau Award").
Peralta became Cleveland's full-time starting shortstop early in the 2005 season. Peralta batted .292; his 24 HR and 78 RBI set records for an Indians short stop. He entrenched himself in the third slot in the batting order in the potent Indians lineup and showed a knack for clutch late-inning hits.
On March 10, 2006, Peralta agreed to a five-year contract with an option for a sixth year to stay with the Indians until the 2011 season. However, his 2006 season saw a decline both offensively and defensively from the previous season. At the start of spring training in 2007, it was revealed that Peralta suffered from vision problems in 2006 and had corrective LASIK eye surgery to deal with it.
Detroit Tigers 
On July 28, 2010, he was traded to the Detroit Tigers for minor league pitcher Giovanni Soto and cash considerations. He was forced to change his longtime uniform number from 2 to 27, because the Tigers had retired the number 2 in honor of Hall-of-Famer Charlie Gehringer. On July 30, 2010, Peralta hit a home run in his first plate appearance as a Tiger, and then another in his third plate appearance. On July 8, 2011, Peralta was named to his first career All-Star Game, as a replacement for the injured Derek Jeter. He finished the 2011 regular season with a career-high .299 batting average, while also collecting 21 home runs and 86 RBIs. Returning to shortstop full-time, he committed just 7 errors in 608 chances for a career-best .988 fielding percentage. Peralta hit his first walk-off home run as a Tiger against the Chicago White Sox on May 4, 2012.
Peralta is married to Molly Peralta The couple have three girls, including twins named Gabriela Rose and Laina Katherine.
Name spelling 
In an interview with the Santo Domingo Times on March 11, 2007, Peralta claimed that he is the only person named "Jhonny" with the name spelled correctly; all other "Johnnies" are misspelled.
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- Price, Ed (July 28, 2010). "Tigers Add Jhonny Peralta From Indians". AOL Fanhouse. Retrieved July 26, 2010.
- The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia. p. 1775. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
- Ulman, Howard (July 31, 2010). "Peralta hits 2 HRs in Detroit debut, a 6–5 win". The Boston Globe. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
- Crawford, Kirkland (July 9, 2011). "Tigers' Jhonny Peralta named to All-Star team as replacement". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
- "Jhonny Peralta drills two-run walk-off homer to lift Tigers". ESPN. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
- Chass, Murray (August 28, 2005). "On Baseball; It's Not a Typo: Peralta and the Indians Are Rolling". The New York Times. Retrieved September 20, 2007.
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