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Thursday, January 17, 2013

BP Top Prospects: Brewers

Jason Parks        
Photo: Nashville Sounds
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Prospect rankings primer

The Top Ten

  1. RHP Wily Peralta
  2. RHP Tyler Thornburg
  3. RHP Johnny Hellweg
  4. RHP Taylor Jungmann
  5. OF Victor Roache
  6. RHP Jorge Lopez
  7. Clint Coulter
  8. OF Mitch Haniger
  9. OF Tyrone Taylor
  10. 2B Scooter Gennett

1. Wily Peralta

Position: RHP
DOB: 05/08/1989
Height/Weight: 6’2’’ 240 lbs.
Bats/Throws: R/R
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.

Major league ETA: 2012

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