Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Wily Peralta got off to a rough start in 2013. However, the 24-year-old finished the first half of the Major League Baseball season on a very strong note. In fact, after his last two phenomenal starts, one could make the case that the right-hander is finally coming into his own. With that being said, he will have to start off the second half on a high note in order to continue his progression as a big league starter.
“I started the season slow, and the last four or five outings I’ve had better rhythm,” Peralta told Brewers.com. “I’m not falling behind hitters, and I’m throwing first-pitch strikes. I think that’s been the difference.”
Peralta tossed the first complete game shutout of his young career against the Cincinnati Reds on July 9. He allowed just three hits and struck out six batters against a very talented offensive lineup. Peralta followed up the stellar performance with a win against the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 14, which was Milwaukee’s last game prior to the All-Star break. He gave up just one earned run on seven hits and struck out a career-high eight batters in seven innings.
“I feel good about it,” Peralta said in Spanish about his performance, according to Breweres.com. “I think early on I had a few problems locating my fastball. Then I got into a rhythm and was able to control it, and that helped me on my way to the win (against Arizona).”
There is no question the Dominican Republic native is one of the bright spots in the organization. Peralta has the potential to be an All-Star pitcher one day as long as he remains dedicated to the improvement of his game.