The Milwaukee Brewers acquired Adam Lind from Toronto for starting pitcher Marco Estrada on November 1, 2014. After a solid season in Milwaukee, Lind was flipped to Seattle in the following off-season for a trio of young pitchers. What ever happened to the prospects in that deal?
Prospects Daniel Missaki, Carlos Herrera, and Freddy Peralta came to the Milwaukee Brewers from the Seattle Mariners for Adam Lind on December 9, 2015. All three prospects are still with the team, but they’ve had varying levels of success.
Daniel Missaki, RHP
Missaki missed all of 2016 with Tommy John surgery, and has yet to see the field this year.
He owned a 1-2 record in six starts with 34 strikeouts and only five walks in 34 1/3 innings of work in Single-A before the surgery. He’s still only 21 years old, and while he lacks a huge fastball, he had a solid four-pitch mix before the surgery. He may have to slide into a relief role as his career progresses…if it progresses.
Carlos Herrera, RHP
Herrera is only 19 years old and is ticketed to start his second season with the Brewers organization in the Arizona League. He showed some promise in his first season in the U.S. last year. In 50 innings of work he struck out 49 and only walked 12. He still has to add weight to his frame, but he may start climbing up top prospect lists once he gets out of Arizona.
Freddy Peralta, RHP
Would we really do a feature that had an injured guy and a name on a Rookie League roster?
Freddy Peralta just turned 21 years old this month, but he already has four season in professional baseball. He may only be playing in High-A, but he started the year as the Brewers #19 prospect. He’s sure to start climbing up prospect lists with the season he’s having. He already boasted a low-90s fastball, but there’s been improvement with his fastball and slider so far this year. He’s only about 5’11”, but he may still make it as a starting pitcher. If not, he has the pitch mix to develop into a solid reliever.
In 56 1/3 innings pitched so far this year, Peralta has racked up 78 strikeouts, walked 31, and owns a 3.04 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. He was also recently named to the Carolina League All-Star team.
All three names, even Peralta, are a few years away from making an impact at the Major League level. Missaki and his injury history is already a concern. However, the Milwaukee Brewers may have found one or two players from a deal that most ignored. Making trades for these ‘Diamonds-In-The-Rough’ or ‘Lottery Tickets’ is absolutely necessary to add depth to the Milwaukee Brewers organization and possibly add resources down the line.