What Should We Expect From Freddy Peralta?
Milwaukee Brewers get set to take on the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night. It’s a game that’s filled with two future stars on the pitching mound. Fernando Romero goes for the Minnesota Twins, and he’s been fantastic to start the year. Milwaukee sends their young prospect Freddy Peralta to the hill for his second time out. After dominating Colorado, what can we expect from Freddy this time around? I feel like we need to temper our expectations heading into this game against the Twins.
For those who didn’t watch on Sunday, make sure you’re watching tonight. Young Freddy was a complete beast versus the Rockies. He struck out 14 batters and only allowed one hit with walking two batters. You could argue Colorado has better hitters than Minnesota, but the Rockies aren’t exactly hitting the cover off the ball this season. Minnesota has more pesky hitters that can do damage with doubles, triples and the occasional home run. Max Kepler is red hot as evidence of his home run last night versus a lefty and he nearly sent one out versus Brent Suter. Eddie Rosario and Eduardo Escobar also poise a threat to Peralta. Even though Brian Dozier is ice cold, he’s always a threat to go deep.
Peralta may have to do it in another way than the strikeout. Colorado strikes out at the sixth-highest rate compared to Minnesota who strikes out at about average in baseball at 16. That’s going to be poise a challenge for him. I will not be surprised if Peralta pitches at an elite level again, but I also will not surprised if he struggles a little bit. With a young pitcher, you have to take the ups and downs. I hope this isn’t the end of Peralta’s big league stint. There’s some thought that Chase Anderson coming off the Disabled List on Monday will lead to him getting sent down.
Go get him, Freddy