The Last Days of Wily Peralta Starting For Milwaukee
At the end of 2014, Wily Peralta looked like a near-ace for Milwaukee Brewers. He finished off his season on a high note versus emerging Chicago Cubs by striking out 13 batters in seven innings allowing five hits and one run. Everyone thought that Peralta would be the top-tier starter for years to come in Milwaukee organization. That never happened. Since then, Peralta struggled with hitters leaving too much of the plate to get hit around the ballpark, and it appears his days are numbered as a starter when Junior Guerra returns from Disabled List.
Peralta struggled through only 4.1 innings yesterday versus New York Mets making him the almost obvious odd man out at this point. Chase Anderson and Matt Garza are pitching fine, Jimmy Nelson is up and down yet he gets a little leeway, same goes for Zach Davies meaning Wily is the man out of the equation. Brewers could option the former draft pick to the bullpen where some have thought he might be more effective, but there’s a good chance the team releases him entirely. Milwaukee has been hesitant to completely dissolve themselves of Wily in fear that he might become a star elsewhere. It’s entirely possible, but at this point, Peralta isn’t making any changes that deem him worthy of a starting five spot.
If Brewers do make him a bullpen option, he throws gas at 96 miles an hour, and if the team can talk to him about being an effective one inning player, they might have something. I don’t know how Peralta will take it though. Instead of doing that last year, he ended up in AA Biloxi figuring his stuff out versus trying a hand at the bullpen. It’s almost like either Brewers or he knows it’s a bad idea to make him a reliever, or Peralta doesn’t want to which is fine.
Ultimately, it’s sad to See a player that went through Brewers system peter out but that’s baseball. He isn’t the same pitcher anymore. Peralta will likely make his last start as a Brewer on Friday afternoon against Chicago Cubs.