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2022 Player Outlook

Prior to the shoulder inflammation that cost him some time in 2021, Peralta was excellent. He logged a career-high 144.1 innings and posted a 2.81 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and an insane 195 strikeouts. The strikeouts have always been there for Peralta, as his arsenal is jam-packed with swing and miss stuff, but he threw his four-seamer less and he let his slider shine (43.1 percent whiff rate). He threw a first-pitch strike over 61 percent of the time, and unlike 2020, he stayed in the zone. While Peralta may never be a guy that logs 200 innings, or maybe even 180-185, he's as dynamic as they come on a per-inning basis. Over the last two seasons, he's posted a whiff rate in the 92nd percentile or better, while posting a strikeout rate in the 95th percentile or better. He's going far earlier in drafts than many of us are accustomed to him going, but if you can start your rotation with someone you are confident in getting at least 190 innings, Peralta is a fine SP2 or even SP3 to be a plus-plus contributor in the strikeout department.

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