Top prospect Peraza long shot for Braves' Opening Day roster

Club's No. 1-ranked Minor Leaguer turns 21 in April

Top prospect Peraza long shot for Braves' Opening Day roster

VIERA, Fla. -- Although Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has been impressed by what he has seen from Jose Peraza through the first few weeks of Spring Training, Gonzalez reiterated it remains unlikely Peraza could make the team's Opening Day roster.

"We always talked about it, but he's a long shot," Gonzalez said. "Still a long shot. He's a guy that we like."

Peraza, the Braves' top prospect and 38th best in baseball as ranked by MLB.com, hit second and played second base Monday against the Nationals.

Gonzalez said he will try to get Peraza in the lineup as much as possible, but the Braves have several players competing for the job at second base.

Peraza, who turns 21 in April, has appeared in five games this spring and is hitless in eight at-bats with a pair of strikeouts.

He has played in just 44 games above Class A Advanced in his career, and the Braves could benefit from keeping him in the Minors. It would allow Peraza to continue to develop and allow the Braves to gain an extra season of control if they wait until the early part of June to begin his Major League service clock.

Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.