Bold Prediction No. 2
Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta find their footing, establish themselves in rotation by the end of the year.
Corbin Burnes is going to have a Cy Young caliber sea…. yeah, I’m not going with that one this time. While I still believe Burnes has the talent to win Cy Young awards in his career and that he will do so at some point, he’s going to have to establish himself in the rotation first.
In the current rotation situation, both Burnes and Freddy Peralta are battling for the final spot and only one of them can win it to start the season. However, by the end of the season, I predict that both Burnes and Peralta will be in the rotation and will have found their footing in the big leagues.
Whether through injuries or ineffectiveness from one of the top four starters, I think that both of these pitchers will have made their way into the rotation with lots of success.
Burnes is entering 2020 with a new mindset and a change in his pitch selection, centering his arsenal around his wicked slider instead of his fastball, which got hammered last year.
Peralta is coming into 2020 with more pitches at his disposal. Over the past two years, Peralta has mostly worked with his fastball, the occasional curveball, and an extremely rare changeup. During the offseason, Peralta worked on adding a slider to his arsenal and it went extremely well. He also focused on refining his other secondary pitches with a great deal of success.
With a full starter’s arsenal and less reliance on his fastball, Peralta should be able to find the consistent success that’s evaded him so far in his career.
Everything was looking good for both Burnes and Peralta this spring. They have extremely high ceilings, and I predict they’re going to start touching that ceiling this year.