Freddy Peralta Diaz
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 175 lb.
Pitcher Freddy Peralta had a 1.56 ERA in 55 1/3 innings for the DSL Mariners in 2013. He slumped stateside, posting a 5.29 mark for the AZL Mariners in 2014, but averaged 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings in both 2015 and 2016. On December 9, 2015, he was traded with minor league pitchers Carlos Herrera and Daniel Missaki to the Milwaukee Brewers for slugger Adam Lind.
He was a Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star in 2016. That year, he went 4-1, 2.85 in 16 games for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, then finished the season with the Brevard County Manatees of the Florida State League. Combined, he was 4-4, 3.62. In 2017, he started off with the Carolina Mudcats and in mid-season was promoted to AA with the Biloxi Shuckers of the Southern League. His won/loss record was an unimpressive 3-8, but his other numbers were good, with an ERA of 2.63 and just 77 hits allowed in 120 innings, with 169 strikeouts. After the season, he was named the #9 prospect in the Brewers organization by mlb.com.
He started 2018 in the AAA Pacific Coast League and did well from the get-go for the Colorado Springs SkySox, as after 7 starts, he was 5-1, 3.63 in an environment notoriously favorable to hitters. He was called up to Milwaukee on May 13th to make a start in place of Chase Anderson, who had a stomach illness, and had a great game against the Colorado Rockies. He took a no-hit bid into the 6th inning and struck out 13 batters in 5 2/3 innings, setting a new team record for strikeouts by a rookie - the previous record of 12 was shared by four different pitchers. The 13 strikeouts were also the most in a major league debut since Stephen Strasburg had recorded 14 in 2010. David Dahl's single in the 6th was the only hit he allowed and he received credit for a 7-3 win. He did it with basically just one pitch, as he threw a four-seam fastball for 90 of his 98 pitches. His parents and girlfriend were in attendance that day, through fortuitous circumstances; they were supposed to see him pitch in Colorado Springs on the occasion of Mothers Day, and it was the first time they had seen him pitch professionally. Because his start was moved to Denver, CO, and not across the country, they were able to be in the stands at Coors Field to watch him work his magic. He went 64, 4.25 in 16 games for Milwaukee, including 14 starts, logging 78 1/3 innings. He only pitched once in the postseason, as manager Craig Counsell relied on the more experienced members of his staff. His sole outing was a good one, though: in Game 4 of the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers on October 16th, he relieved Gio Gonzalez after one batter in the 2nd after Gonzalez habe been hit by a line drive off the bat of Yasiel Puig and had to leave the game. While he issued a couple of walks that inning, he did not allow a run, then added two more scoreless innings before being removed in favor of pinch-hitter Domingo Santana in the top of the 5th. Santana hit a game-tying double, but there were no more runs until the Dodgers won the game in the bottom of the 13th. The Brewers lost the tightly-fought series in seven games.
On April 3, 2019, he pitched a gem in his second start of the season against the Cincinnati Reds: he limited them to 2 hits over 8 innings before turning the ball over to Alex Wilson, who completed the 1-0 win. He went 7-3, 5.29 in 39 games that season, including 8 starts, as he was still struggling with inconsistency. He did not appear in the postseason that year. In 2020, he was much better working almost exclusively out of the bullpen, with a record of 3-1, 3.99 in 15 games. His K/W ratio was 47/12 in 29 1/3 innings, with 22 hits allowed, an indication that he was dominant at times. He pitched one inning in the Wilc Card Series that the Brewers lost to the Dodgers in two games, allowing 1 run. The good signs he had shown in 2020 turned into concrete results in 2021, as he was one of the most consistent starters in the major leagues over the first two months, even if he was still in the shadow of two teammates, Corbin Burnes and Brandon Woodruff, on his own team. On June 4th, his 25th birthday, he flirted with a no-hitter, pitching 7 1/3 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks before Nick Ahmed recorded the first hit against him on a defensive swing. It was the only hit he allowed as he ended up a 5-1 winner, turning the ball over to Brad Boxberger after Ahmed's hit; had he been successful in completing the feat, he would have been only the second pitcher in history to record a no-no on his birthday, following George Mullin in 1912. After the game, his record stood at 6-1, 2.25 with a measly 29 hits allowed in 64 innings, against 92 strikeouts.
- NL All-Star (2021)
- Adam McCalvy: "Peralta fans 13 in MLB debut in front of family", mlb.com, May 13, 2018.