3. Freddy Peralta’s here to stay
The Brewers have team control of Freddy Peralta until 2026 with club options in his last two years. With the swirling rumors of Josh Hader being on the trade block, it’s nice to know that so many of the other quality hurlers out of the bullpen are with the Brewers for the foreseeable future.
And not only did the Crew secure the promising righty for the next handful of years, but they did it for relatively cheap. He’s making around $1.25MM this season with one to two million dollar increases for every new season. The average salary being $3.1MM. Not too shabby for a guy right there with some of the best pitchers in the league in certain departments.
Freddy Peralta has earned every bit of success he’s encountered. He’s been in Milwaukee’s minor league system since 2016 after he was traded from the Mariners in a package for Adam Lind and has bounced up and down from minors to majors multiple times. The attention to detail and pure desire to perfect his craft is nothing but admirable and is just what you look for in a player.
Whether he finds his way back to the starting rotation or stays put in the relief role, he’s a huge commodity for Craig Counsell. I believe it’s time for Freddy Peralta to rudely awaken everybody who’s been sleeping on him in 2021.
Peralta is still just 24 years old and he has an incredibly high ceiling that’s still within reach. With his already strong numbers, addition of a new pitch, and a long time to develop in Milwaukee, Freddy Peralta is an exciting pitcher to have in the clubhouse for years to come.
While he may currently be an overlooked member of the Brewers pitching staff, that could change soon based on his talent, work ethic, and what he added in the offseason.