The Milwaukee Brewers have announced that Freddy Peralta will be a part of the 2021 starting rotation. Peralta will be the team’s fifth starting pitcher to begin the season.
Freddy Peralta will start the season in the rotation + Josh Lindblom will start the season in the bullpen, Craig Counsell shared.
— Will Sammon (@WillSammon) March 25, 2021
Josh Lindblom will begin the year in the bullpen. Lindblom was in the starting rotation last season after signing a three-year, $9.125MM contract. Lindblom ended the 2020 season with a 2-4 record and 5.16 ERA over 12 appearances and 10 starts.
If Peralta succeeds as a starting pitcher for the entire season, the Brewers will have a reliable starting pitcher for the foreseeable future. In February of 2020, Freddy signed a five-year, $15MM contract. He is only 24, and has been both a starting and bullpen pitcher for the Brewers the last few years.
The Dominican Republic native ended the 2020 season with a record of 3-1 and a 3.99 ERA. He made 15 appearances and one start. Peralta’s only start was on July 26th against the Chicago Cubs. He pitched three innings. He gave up four runs, three hits and two walks with three strike outs. He was very efficient in the bullpen the rest of the shortened season.
It is still unofficial, but it appears that the Milwaukee Brewers starting rotation is also set. It will be Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes, Adrian Houser, Brett Anderson and Peralta.
Brewers are lined up with Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes, Adrian Houser, Brett Anderson, Freddy Peralta.
— Sophia Minnaert (@SophiaMinnaert) March 25, 2021
Lindblom, Brent Suter, Jordan Zimmerman and Eric Lauer will also be options for the team during the season. Don’t be surprised if you see all of them get at least one start over 162 games. It appears the Brewers are currently working on talks with Zimmerman so he can stay with the team.
Saturday is day #Brewers must tell non-roster pitchers Brad Boxberger and Jordan Zimmermann if will be put on roster. Team can offer $100,000 retention bonus to stay in system but they can also ask for release. Counsell said they are talking to Zimmerman to see what's best.
— Tom (@Haudricourt) March 25, 2021
Peralta should make his first start on Tuesday, April 6th against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.