END OF THE ROAD FOR PERALTA; NIEUWENHUIS BACK

By: Seth Williams | Miller Park Prospects

Two days after giving up seven runs in 1.2 innings of relief in an ugly outing against the Washington Nationals, the Brewers finally reached their tipping point with pitcher Wily Peralta, more or less signifying the end of his time in Milwaukee.

Once the top pitching prospect in the Brewers organization, Peralta just hadn’t been able to turn into a reliable arm for Milwaukee, and though he showed flashes of greatness at times, those strong showings were too few and far between for a team in the heat of a pennant race.

Milwaukee’s Opening Day starter just last season, Peralta, eventually found himself out of the starting rotation.  The Brewers experimented with him in a relief role, but that didn’t go much better.  In 19 appearances for Milwaukee this season, Peralta went 5-4, but had an ERA of 7.85 and a WHIP of 1.83.

If Peralta is unclaimed by another team, the Brewers can attempt to flip him and get something in return, though the likelihood of that is small.  Assuming he goes unclaimed, he could be outrighted to Colorado Springs, but at this point a change of scenery might be in the best interest of not only the Brewers, but Peralta as well.

To take Peralta’s place on the 25-man roster, veteran outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis had his contract purchased from Colorado Springs.  With Keon Broxton and Brett Phillips having both recently been sent down, and not having the required ten days in the minors to be called back up, the Brewers didn’t have a lot of options for outfield depth.

One other player who could have been considered is AAA outfielder Kyle Wren, though the most likely scenario would see the Brewers DFA Nieuwenhuis again in a few days when they need another starter, and the ballclub may not have wished to expose Wren to the waiver wire under those circumstances.