3. Freddy Peralta
Acquired with Daniel Missaki and Carlos Herrera via trade with Mariners for Adam Lind (December 2015)
This trade has moved up the list dramatically this season. When David Stearns pulled off the trade at the Winter Meetings prior to the 2016 season, it largely did not cause a stir in Brew City. Lind was a nice player, but he was not a difference maker. All of the prospects that the Brewers acquired were pitchers under the age of 20, so it is hard to get too excited about young kids that far away from the major leagues.
Little did we know Freddy Peralta was going to bang down the door early in 2018. He is one of the Brewers top prospects with a very high ceiling. He announced himself in his debut by striking out 13 Rockies at Coors Field. He has followed that up with seven starts, which included a one-hit masterpiece in his home debut against the Royals across seven innings. He is expected to remain in the rotation after the break, as he has a 2.65 ERA in his 37.1 major league innings thus far.
Adam Lind only hit .239 for the Mariners in 2016, although he did end up hitting 20 home runs. He moved on to the Nationals in 2017 and is out of baseball at this point. The Mariners certainly came out on the losing end of this one.
The trade right now is essentially Peralta for Lind. Missaki has had injury issues and has not pitched in a game since 2015. Herrera is still only 20 years old, but is struggling in 2018 with the Low-A Timber Rattlers. The Brewers took a chance on three young arms and seemingly hit big on one of them. Stearns will take that percentage any day of the week. Anything else gained would be gravy.