Last year, Wily Peralta had a career season. He took his game to a new level as developed into the team’s ace, going 17-11 with a career best 3.53 ERA. He pitched so well that many thought that this season he would make an even bigger jump.
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That jump however, never happened. This season Peralta battled injury and struggled to find consistency all year long. Here is a look at his year.
After a year of career bests in 2014, the 2015 season saw a lot of career worsts for Peralta. Not only did he have a career worst WHIP (1.537) and ERA (4.72), but he also had his worst strikeout rate and home run rate per nine innings in his career. Nothing seemed to go well for him all year long as his opponents batted .302 against him. In the five months he pitched in this year, he only had two months where his monthly ERA was under four (and one of those months he only had one outing).
His best game of the season came on August 14th when he held the Philadelphia Phillies scoreless through seven innings in a 3-1 Brewers victory.
While much more was expected from Peralta, a lot of his struggles can be linked back to his oblique injuries that eventually shut his season down early. Though this was a trying year for him, at 26-years-old with at least three years of team control remaining a rebound season can be expected in 2016. With plenty of young arms ready to join the rotation, Peralta’s veteran presence will be necessary for years to come.
Final Grade: C-