Wily Peralta is considered to be the Milwaukee Brewers No. 1 prospect for the second consecutive off-season. Peralta saw some playing time in the majors with the Brewers for the first time in his young career as he appeared in six games, starting five of them.
The 23-year-old right-hander is still considered a prospect even though there is a good chance he will make the roster at the end of spring training in 2013. Milwaukee will not say what their starting rotation for next season will look like until later this year after general manager Doug Melvin looks to free agency for a veteran starter.
Depending on what happens in the winter meetings, Peralta could very well see himself pitching fifth in the rotation behind Yovani Gallardo, Michael Fiers, Chris Narveson, and possibly Mark Rogers. However, if the Brewers do acquire a veteran starter then one of these five players will have to pitch out of the bullpen.
Peralta pitched outstanding in his limited action with Milwaukee. He posted a 2-1 record with a 2.48 earned run average, 23 strikeouts, 11 walks, and 24 allowed hits in 29 innings. He showed signs of greatness and appeared to be exactly what the Brewers had hoped for when they drafted him.
Peralta’s last start of the season came on Sept. 27 in a critical matchup against the Cincinnati Reds. Milwaukee’s playoff hopes were still alive and they needed a solid performance from their No. 1 prospect to keep the team afloat.
Peralta gave up two hits but did not surrender a run in 5 1/3 innings. Unfortunately, closer John Axford blew the save by allowing two runs in the ninth to lose the game. However, the fact Peralta was able to pitch so well under pressure gave the Brewers plenty of confidence for the future. He ended the season with soreness in his right biceps following the game against the Reds.
There is no question Peralta’s future looks bright in Milwaukee as I believe there will be a spot for him on the team right out of spring training.
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