Coming off three straight starts in which he allowed just two earned runs over 19 innings to go with 21 strikeouts, 23-year-old Brewers pitching prospect Wily Peralta took to the mound Sunday night in Round Rock hoping to perpetuate his success of late against some of the better lineups the Pacific Coast League has to offer. Peralta also hoped that his 27th start of the 2012 season would be his final in a Nashville Sounds lineup. With big-league rosters set to expand from 25 to 40 on September 1, it was already a foregone conclusion that the young hurler would be in a Brewers uniform for the final month of season, whether it be as a starter or a specialist out of the bullpen.
Unfortunately for Peralta, his latest outing was one to forget. He labored to get through five innings against the triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and may have altogether cast a shadow of doubt on his big-league prospects for next season.
Here are a few scouting notes on Peralta’s latest start.
5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 5 K
Total pitches thrown: 94
Strikes: 50 (53%)
Balls: 44 (47%)
What did he throw?
Fastball: 54 (57%)
Slider: 32 (34%)
Changeup: 8 (9%)
General Game Notes:
- Though his final line would lead you to believe otherwise, Peralta got off to a great start. He pounded the strike zone and attacked hitters with his fastball — topping out at 97 MPH — which early on he spotted very well and induced a number of ground-ball outs. However, that wouldn’t last long; as soon as hitters would reach base, Peralta started to slow his delivery out of the stretch and consequently witnessed mechanical regressions. He then struggled mightily to even put his fastball over the plate and it really went downhill from then on.
- Unlike his exceptional outing from August 21, Peralta didn’t have much command over his slider. While the pitch has MLB-caliber movement, Peralta induced minimal swings-and-misses with the pitch on Sunday and also struggled to throw it for plain strikes. An unfavorable strike-zone from the home plate umpire didn’t help much, either.
- Mixed in his changeup much more so than his last few outings, but the pitch is noticeably inconsistent and will need refinement in all areas.
- Control Issues Persist — On a night where he was supposed to strut his refined command for the final time before September call-ups, Peralta was literally all over the place (OK, maybe that was a bit harsh). Seldom would his fastball hit the intended target and even his bread-and-butter slider was unpredictable. Definitely not the way a top prospect would want to finish up what could be his final minor league outing.