5. Freddy Peralta
Freddy Peralta is only 22 years old, is under team control, and just ended a successful season that saw make a few appearances in the playoffs. Why isn’t he higher on this list?
The reasons are simple. While Peralta’s fastball is fantastic, and his breaking stuff is solid, but he lacks a developed third pitch that most starters need to succeed. Peralta is also one of the few pitchers on the Milwaukee Brewers staff who is under 6-ft. tall. While he’s shown that he can take the ball every fifth day, he doesn’t have the elite size that teams want in the centerpiece of a trade.
Peralta should earn a rotation spot to start the 2019 season, but he could also get a solid return in a trade if the Brewers are given an offer they can’t refuse.