Wily Peralta Pitched Well In Big League Debut

MILWAUKEE — The Brewers weren't sure what to expect from Wily Peralta when they summoned him from Triple-A Nashville in early September.

The 23-year-old righthander began the year as the organization's top-rated prospect but struggled with his command, leading to an uneven season that had club officials worried. In 28 starts for Nashville, Peralta went 7-11, 4.66 with 143 strikeouts and 78 walks over 147 innings.

The Brewers needed a starting pitcher after Mark Rogers reached his innings limit and decided to give Peralta a chance. And, much to their surprise and delight, he showed fewer command issues. In five starts, Peralta went 2-1, 2.25 with 22 strikeouts and 11 walks over 28 innings.

He blanked the NL Central champion Reds for 51⁄3 innings in his final start before departing with biceps tightness. Asked to assess Peralta's showing in September, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said, "I thought it was outstanding. I saw a couple of games where there aren't too many guys who can throw the ball the way he does. With that kind of velocity and movement, and with a nice slider, pretty impressive."

Roenicke was also impressed with Peralta's poise, especially considering he was pitching during the Brewers' push for a playoff spot.

"The games definitely meant something. Those were pressure games he pitched in and he did a great job," Roenicke said.

The Brewers plan to give him an opportunity to make their rotation in spring training, quite a leap after his rocky start.


• Righthander Darren Byrd was re-signed to a minor league deal and invited to spring training. In 50 relief appearances with Double-A Huntsville, he was 3-5, 2.59 with 71 strikeouts, 36 walks and six saves.

• Catcher Dayton Buller also re-signed and was invited to his first spring training. Buller played in 37 games with Nashville, batting .248/.315/.416 with three homers over 101 at-bats.