Peralta signed with the Orioles for $350K, one of the few large J2 bonuses the organization handed out earlier this decade. He has always showed intriguing raw stuff but never fully harnessed it, struggling to pitch successfully as a starter even in High-A. Peralta is now 22-years-old, and though he has continued to work from the rotation, it’s clear his best shot at the big leagues is in the ‘pen.
He has filled out a broad 6-foot-5 frame, cutting an imposing figure on the mound with the fastball to match. Peralta’s heater sits in the upper-90s even as a starter, showing consistent downhill angle that’s tough to lift down in the zone. Mechanical effort impedes the consistency of his control, and a high-strain arm-action likely presents durability risks down the road. He’ll flash depth on a curveball at times, though both his breaking ball and changeup grade as inconsistent pitches. His size and velocity keep him on the map to some degree, but Peralta will need to sharpen other aspects of his game to finish more than a FV 35+/Follow with a good arm.