Even though last year was Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Wily Peralta ’s first legitimate season in the big leagues, the organization still has big plans for him in 2014.
Most franchises wouldn’t give starters who will only be in their second full year in the majors such high expectations. However, Peralta has shown enough potential where the Brewers believe he should be a legitimate threat this season. A big part of that might be because the right-hander didn’t exactly put forth a top-notch effort a year after he impressed in six appearances (five starts) in his first stint in the big leagues. Milwaukee knows he’s better than a 4.37 earned run average, which is why they want to see some progress in Spring Training.
Peralta was born in the Dominic Republic in 1989, which makes him 24 years old. Even though he didn’t own a baseball glove until he was 11 years old and was forced to practice his throwing by using a lemon, that didn’t prevent him from converting his dreams of playing Major League Baseball into a reality. The Brewers were impressed with his stuff in 2006 and signed him to a minor-league deal. After a few years of climbing the ranks in the minors, Peralta became widely known as the top prospect in the Brewers organization.
The journey to get to where is today is only the beginning, at least that’s what the organization hopes. There’s still plenty of hard work that must be put in if he wants to hang with the best of them. The good news is he will have three very talented veterans show him how it’s done. Peralta will be able to learn something different from starters Yovani Gallardo , Kyle Lohse and Matt Garza , which will certainly give him a huge edge in becoming a No. 1 or No. 2 starting pitcher for Milwaukee in the ensuing years.