Getting the ball today for the Brewers will be Wily Peralta (2.48 ERA, 2.65 FIP in 2012). Peralta is the #1 prospect in the Brewer organization and a strong candidate to make the 2013 starting rotation, but skipped his first turn in the spring rotation due to some stiffness in his shoulder following early workouts. He's likely to be on a very short leash today.
If he's healthy, Peralta has the capacity to dominate. He allowed one run or less in three of his last four appearances in 2012, leading to a 2.48 ERA over 29 innings. His control wasn't an issue in the majors (eleven walks over 29 innings), but it has been in the minors and that's something to watch out for.
Peralta can reach the mid-to-upper 90s with his fastball and has a good slider, but threw his other pitches (a changeup and curve) just a combined 8% of the time in his major league debut last fall. It's unlikely he'll throw many breaking pitches today in his first Cactus League start following a minor shoulder issue.
He'll face White Sox lefty Scott Snodgress (did not pitch in the majors in 2012), a 23-year-old non-roster invitee who spent 2012 in A-ball. Between Low-A Kannapolis and High-A Winston-Salem a year ago he posted a 3.00 ERA over 27 starts, walking 4.1 and striking out 8.2 batters per nine innings.
This is Snodgress' second appearance of the 2013 Cactus League. He pitched a scoreless inning in relief on Sunday and did not allow a hit, but did walk two and strike out one.
Here's an excerpt from John Sickels' note on Snodgress in his 2013 Baseball Prospect Book:
The White Sox reworked his mechanics, resulting in enhanced command of his 90-95 MPH fastball, curveball and changeup. All three pitches are promising, and he does a good job working low in the zone and collecting grounders along with a decent strikeout rate.
Sickels rated Snodgress as a B- prospect this spring and called him a "well-kept secret."
Here's today's lineup:
Jean Segura SS
Rickie Weeks 2B
Ryan Braun LF
Aramis Ramirez 3B
Jonathan Lucroy C
Martin Maldonado 1B
Caleb Gindl CF
Khris Davis DH
John Prince RF
Adam McCalvy reports that Mike Fiers, Johnny Hellweg and Taylor Jungmann are expected to pitch in relief today.
Today will likely be the warmest day the Brewers have seen in the Cactus League to date. Temperatures should get up into the low 70's as the game goes along.
Enjoy the game!