The top three of the Milwaukee Brewer‘s pitching staff — Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza and Yovani Gallardo — get the most attention, but keep an eye out for Wily Peralta this season.
Peralta is set to be the Brewers’ fourth starter, and he could finally live up to his potential this season.
Peralta was one of the top prospects in the Brewers organization last season and was on the Top 100 prospects list for both Baseball America and MLB.com before the past two seasons, but he didn’t live up to that hype in his first full season in the big leagues. He struggled with his command and went 11-15 with a 4.97 ERA in 32 starts; where he really struggled was in the walk department. Peralta walked 73 batters last season and had a SO/BB ratio of just 1.77.
Those command issues look to be in the past though, as Peralta has looked very sharp this spring. In his latest start against the Oakland Athletics, Peralta threw three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and one walk, while striking out three. Those numbers bring Peralta’s Spring Training totals to 5IP, 2H, 2BB, 4 SO and no runs. Peralta has also thrown 24 of his 32 pitches for strikes, which are some good numbers for a pitcher who likes to pound the strike zone. He also has limited batters to a .125 batting average and has a 0.80 WHIP.
Those numbers are a very a encouraging sign for the Brewers. A breakout year from Peralta would give the Brewers four very good starters in their rotation. For a team that is looking to get back in contention for the playoffs, good pitching is key.
Peralta has shown that he has the stuff to be a successful pitcher in the majors. If he can get his command under control like he has so far during Spring Training, this could finally be the season for Peralta to live up to his potential.