by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
If you follow the mantra of “Don’t pay for saves,” you are always looking for the next great closer to emerge. They often seem to come out of nowhere, as team’s suddenly shift a starter or elite prospect to the bullpen to fill a need. Considering the moves Milwaukee have made in recent months, jettisoning three potential closer options, they’ve left a gaping void at the back of the bullpen. There isn’t an obvious option to step in, so could the team go unconventional?
They have a slew of starting options, so after his struggles to figure it out in the rotation could the Brewers transition Wily Peralta to the bullpen? Over the past two seasons he’s posted ERAs of 4.72 and 4.86, so it’s easy to argue that they have nothing to lose. Plus, isn’t it easy to envision his skills playing well in short bursts?
Peralta has never shown much strikeout stuff in the Majors, with a career 6.38 K/9. However he’s always been a player we’ve seen more upside in than that. As it is his fastball averages 94.8 mph, and without having to pace himself there’s reason to believe that it ticks up another mile per hour or two. That would help his slider play up, a pitch that already boasted a 15.09% Whiff% in ’16. Read more