On Monday night, Brewers starter Freddy Peralta recorded the 500th strikeout of his young career. It’s a big milestone for the young starter, and it’s not the only one that’s been hit by a Brewers player this year.
Earlier this season, Brewers closer Josh Hader recorded his 500th strikeout, and did so in the fewest amount of game of any reliever in history. Andrew McCutchen recorded his 200th stolen base, another milestone. Now Peralta joins the club of players having reached a career milestone in 2022.
He’s not the first, and he won’t be the last.
Here are five more Milwaukee Brewers players who can reach statistical milestones in 2022.
Corbin Burnes – 500 career strikeouts (Current: 484)
In a testament to the strength of the Brewers pitching staff and how all these pitchers developed at the same time, the Brewers are poised to have three different pitchers reach 500 career strikeouts in the same season, all within a month of each other.
Josh Hader reached 500 Ks just over a week ago. Freddy Peralta just followed suit. Next, within his next two starts, Corbin Burnes is also slated to reach 500 strikeouts.
Burnes debuted just about six weeks after Peralta did back in 2018. Burnes spent his time in the bullpen in 2018 and struggled mightily in 2019, before bouncing back in 2020 and then winning the Cy Young in 2021.
Over half of his career strikeouts coming into this season came in 2021 when he struck out 234. He has 57 strikeouts in 2022 so far. He needs just 16 more to reach 500.
Is there a chance Burnes could reach 500 in his next start? Sure. It’s a small one, but if anyone can strike out 16 batters in one outing, it would be Burnes. More likely though, is that it’ll take him two more starts to complete this feat.
Burnes had a 13.3 K/9 in 2020 and a league leading 12.6 K/9 in his Cy Young year of 2021.