Now that the Colorado Sky Sox season has come to an end, the final two pieces for the Milwaukee Brewers’ run for the playoffs will be coming back as soon as their 10-day optional assignment expire. Freddy Peralta and Taylor Williams are returning to active duty this weekend:
Freddy Peralta and Taylor Williams back with #Brewers but can't be activated until Sunday. Counsell said Peralta is done making starts for season barring unforeseen. But club likes him as starter for future.— Tom (@Haudricourt) September 5, 2018
As JSO’s Tom Haudricourt notes, the two aren’t eligible to actually rejoin the team until Sunday, so they’ll get to relax for the next three games.
Peralta as a bullpen arm is intriguing. He has had several poor first innings as a starter, but it has seemed to me that he is pacing himself and not bringing his best stuff to the mound at the opening bell. As a short reliever (where I’d use him), he can really bring that high-movement fastball to the fore.
Freddy had a tough last month with the Crew, working 20.1 innings in four starts, with an ERA of 6.64 and a WHIP of 1.48. He has allowed three (of eight total for the season) homeruns over that period. He has still struck out 20, so that is OK. I don’t expect him in high leverage situations, although one could argue that every situation is high leverage from here on out.
Williams has only worked 7 innings in 8 relief appearances over the past month, with a WHIP of 1.71 and an ERA of 5.14.