The Milwaukee Brewers ninth rated prospect currently leads the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts. While Freddy Peralta was passed over as Zach Davies replacement during his DL stint, he is continuing to excel at the Triple A level.
Freddy Peralta took the entire MLB by surprise in his first career Major League start for the Milwaukee Brewers. Fastball Freddy struck out 13 in his first appearance before falling apart in the second, allowing several walks against the Minnesota Twins.
With Zach Davies on the 10-day DL with his recurring right shoulder injury, the Crew looked to their minor league system for his temporary replacement. In the end, Brandon Woodruff was summoned to fill the void. That left Freddy Peralta, who was also thought to be a candidate for the call up, in Colorado Springs.
Fortunately for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, his dominance in the minor leagues has continued to be a trend. With his 60 grade fastball, it comes as no surprise.
Minor League Dominance
Peralta’s 6-1 record with the Sky Sox speaks for itself. He has recorded 79 strikeouts so far this season in Triple A, enough to lead the Pacific Coast League in the category.
His BB/9 rate of 4.34 is high. That isn’t uncommon for a young pitcher. With a little more confidence in his off speed pitches and more experience, it should decrease. Perhaps leaving the thin air of Colorado Springs will also help his off speed pitches return to glory.
Peralta also has a 0.84 ERA when he’s not in Colorado Springs this season.
Major League Reappearance?
The Milwaukee Brewers are fortunate to have a plethora of good young pitching. Because of that, Peralta has not been given ample opportunity to get accustomed to the Major League level in his two MLB starts.
He’s only 22, which means there are many opportunities yet to come for the young hurler. His fastball reliance makes him a prime candidate to fill in a bullpen role. But, with the amount of talented relievers the Crew has, it is highly unlikely.
Though the Milwaukee Brewers do not have a Major League role for the righty yet, good things take time. If the injury bug continues to plague the Brewers organization, he may be next in line to see some more time in the Majors. But even if that isn’t the case, Freddy Peralta has a promising future based on his minor league domination.