Freddy Peralta set 11 MLB and Franchise records with his performance for the Brewers in 2021.
MLB and Brewers Franchise Records set by Freddy Peralta in 2021
- Lowest Opponent Batting Average (.129) through first 11 starts of a season (MLB) (Franchise)
- 1st pitcher with 10 straight starts with 7+ strikeouts (Franchise)
- Most starts of 6+ IP and 2 or fewer hits in a single season (MLB) (Franchise)
- Most starts in a single season allowing 2 or fewer hits in a single season (MLB) (Franchise)
- 1st pitcher with consecutive starts of 6+ IP and 3 or fewer baserunners twice in a season (Franchise)
- Fewest hits allowed (27) in any 11 start span (MLB) (Franchise)
- Most starts (15) with 7+ strikeouts and 2 ER or fewer (Franchise)
Peralta, as mentioned in the slide above, took the record for lowest opponent batting average through 11 games that Brandon Woodruff set just a few days earlier. He then lost it to Jacob deGrom a few weeks later. But he still set the record, so it still counts. His franchise record still stands.
If Freddy Peralta had enough innings to qualify, he would’ve set many more records at the pace he was going. Peralta was ahead of Nolan Ryan‘s record for lowest H/9 in a single season with 5.24 H/9, while Ryan had a 5.26 H/9 in 1972, but Peralta didn’t have enough innings, so we’ll never truly know.
Speaking of Nolan Ryan, Peralta’s record for most starts of 2 or fewer hits in a season surpassed Ryan’s longstanding record of 11 starts of those parameters in a season, and he did so by the end of July.
Peralta was elite at preventing hits and his newfound four pitch arsenal gave him great results. In previous seasons Peralta was working with one or two pitches. But with the additions of a slider and changeup to the mix along with the fastball and curveball, Peralta went from a borderline bullpen arm to a dominant top of the rotation arm.
Well, he would be atop the rotation on most teams, but this Brewers rotation has a ton of arms. Let’s look at the records these arms set as a rotation.