The Brewers are closing in on an extension with righty Freddy Peralta, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. It’ll be worth a guaranteed $15.5MM over a five-year term.
Peralta will also give the Milwaukee organization a couple of club options in the pact. They could tack on another $14.5MM in total value if exercised.
As Rosenthal notes, this is nearly the same contract as that reached recently between Aaron Bummer and the White Sox. But there are some notable distinctions.
Peralta wouldn’t have qualified for arbitration until 2022 at the earliest. (Bummer was on track to be a Super Two at the end of the season.) And Peralta owns only a 4.79 ERA through 163 1/3 career innings. (Bummer had a highly productive 2019 effort.)
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At the same time, there’s arguably even greater upside here for the Milwaukee organization.
Peralta is capable of working as a starter — or, perhaps, as a provider of bulk innings or roving high-leverage arm. He may not yet have ironed out all the kinks, but he owns a flashy 11.6 K/9 (versus 4.2 BB/9) in his young career. Oh, and he is still just 23 years of age.
Peralta’s earned-run numbers dipped in 2019 when compared to his 2018 debut. Like many other hurlers, he struggled to keep the long ball.
In other ways, though, he made clear strides. Peralta upped his average fastball to the 94 mph level on the year; notably, it trended steadily up to the point that he was sitting 96 by season’s end. That primary offering continues to exhibit excellent spin rate.
Peralta boosted his swinging-strike rate to 13.0%. He was also fairly stingy in terms of hard contact; Statcast credited opposing hitters with a .333 wOBA but only a .309 xwOBA.
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