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Prospect rankings primer
The Top Ten
1. Wily Peralta
Height/Weight: 6’2’’ 240 lbs.
Drafted/Acquired: International free agent, 2005, Dominican Republic
2012 Stats: 4.66 ERA (146.2 IP, 154 H, 143 K, 78 BB) at Triple-A Nashville; 2.48 ERA (29 IP, 24 H, 23 K, 11 BB) at major-league level
The Tools: 7+ FB; 6 SL
What Happened in 2012: After a solid Triple-A campaign, Peralta made five major-league starts and positioned himself for a more substantial role at that level in 2013.
Strengths: Huge arm strength; pitches with power; arm is very fast; fastball velocity near elite; can work in the 95-97 range with ease; very meaty and hard to lift; slider is second plus offering; very hard and sharp at 85-86; body to handle innings.
Weaknesses: Arsenal lacks nuance; everything is hard and max effort; overall command is below average; more hittable than stuff suggests; slider can lose rotation and slurve; changeup is often too firm and loses action; might be better fit for bullpen.
Overall Future Potential: 6; no. 3 starter/frontline setup
Explanation of Risk: Low risk; struggles with command and arsenal consistency, but already achieved major-league level; high floor.
Fantasy Future: As a starter, Peralta has the body to log massive innings and offer league-average production; as reliever, potential to excel in setup role, with high-octane arsenal with bat-missing ability.
The Year Ahead: Very mixed opinion on Peralta, with some scouts standing behind him as a starter, suggesting his power arsenal will play with loose command and limited nuance, while others see an intimidating power arm in the back of a bullpen. The command will need to improve in either role for sustainable success at the highest level, but the raw stuff gives him a chance to be an impact talent.
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