Willy Peralta's future projections
Updated: March 26, 2010, 1:12 PM ETBy Keith Law
Willy Peralta was my sleeper Milwaukee Brewers prospect for 2010, and based on what I saw from him in Maryvale on Thursday I feel good about that choice. I also caught three of the Brewers' top 10 picks from last year's draft, all outfielders with offensive upside. Peralta, a strong right-handed starter listed at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, pitched at 92-96 in a four-inning start for the Brewers' high-A roster, tearing through an underpowered Lynchburg (Cincinnati Reds) lineup. Peralta's best secondary pitch last year was his slider, but on Thursday he showed a better changeup -- one that looks like an 84-86 mph two-seamer with its late tail. He was getting around his slider, flipping it out of his hand instead of snapping it, but it did still have a late downward break, as if it just rolled off the end of a table. His hand travels a long way from glove to release but his arm action is otherwise fine, and he takes an enormous stride toward the plate to maximize his velocity. There's no projection remaining here, so Peralta just needs to refine that slider and keep working on his fastball command (which was pretty good on Thursday) to get to the majors; at worst we're talking about a No. 2-3 starter who carries a 200-inning workload, given that frame and delivery.
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