We continue on today with our new series slated to run through the next several months of the offseason, taking a look back at each of the 50 players who suited up for the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2017 season. We’ll recap their 2017 campaign with an eye looking forward to 2018 as well, as we remember an unexpected and exciting 2017 season at Miller Park.
WILY PERALTA – RHP
THE NUMBERS: Peralta appeared in 19 games for the Brewers in 2017, starting eight of them, and went 5-4 with a 7.85 earned run average. In 57.1 innings of work, he struck out 52 and walked 32, finishing the year with a WHIP of 1.83.
SEASON REVIEW: Peralta entered the 2017 season as the number three starter in the Brewers’ rotation and pitched well in his first couple of starts, before the wheels fell off. He allowed 22 earned runs over 25 innings in his next five starts and was moved into the bullpen. He continued to struggle in his new relief role, allowing runs in seven straight outings before landing on the disabled list with a strained calf in late June.
Peralta re-joined the Brewers’ bullpen after a rehab stint, but after getting rocked by the Washington Nationals on July 27th, he was designated for assignment. With no team willing to claim his contract, Peralta was outrighted to Triple-A Colorado Springs and finished out the season there with the Sky Sox.
GAME OF THE YEAR: Peralta’s best game of the season came in his very first appearance, as he took the ball against the Colorado Rockies in Milwaukee’s third game of the season. Peralta worked five scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and racked up five strikeouts as both the Brewers and Peralta picked up their first win of the 2017 season as the Brewers topped the Rockies by a score of 6-1.
OVERALL GRADE: D
OUTLOOK FOR 2018: With a hard slider and fastball that sits in the mid-to-high-90’s, Peralta has plus stuff, but has been maddeningly inconsistent. Signed by Milwaukee as a 16-year-old outfielder out of the Dominican Republic, Peralta has spent his entire career in the Brewers’ organization, but that is likely t change in 2018. He declared for free agency following last season and odds are that another team will be more willing to give Peralta a shot in 2018 and a change of scenery could do him well as he attempts to resurrect his career.