Brewers Bold Prediction #2
Freddy Peralta permanently establishes himself in the rotation, becomes the No. 3 starter
The future is now.
The first wave of Brewers pitching prospects to arrive included Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes, and Freddy Peralta. Woodruff established himself as a member of the rotation in 2019. Burnes established himself in 2020. Now, Peralta will establish himself as a rotation mainstay in 2021.
Peralta was announced as the No. 5 starter to begin the season after a dominant spring training in which he showcased his new slider and worked on a changeup as a fourth pitch. Peralta now has the repertoire to stick in the rotation and find consistent success. Finding that consistency will be key for Peralta sticking in the rotation.
I predict that Peralta will find it, and the slider will serve as a dominant weapon that will allow Peralta to have way more Good Freddy days than Bad Freddy Days.
When Peralta made his big league debut on Mother’s Day in 2018, he gave everyone a little taste of the immense potential that he had, striking out 13 Rockies in just 5.2 IP. He’s shown flashes of that since, and in 2021, he’ll get there more often.
Peralta has gone back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen since, pitching well out of the bullpen, but always getting the opportunity to start. He only started one game in 2020 before moving to the bullpen. Craig Counsell is going to give Peralta a few more opportunities in the rotation this time around and this time, I predict he’ll thrive.
At just 24 years old, Peralta still has a very bright future ahead of him, and he signed that five year contract extension last spring. But the future is now, and the brightness of it is enough to make someone put on two pairs of sunglasses and grab some SPF 100.
As we go through this season, it’s no longer just going to be a 1-2 punch with Brandon Woodruff and Corbin Burnes, but it’ll be a Big Three with Peralta coming for the knockout blow.
With these three leading the rotation, something special could happen…