BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - When asked what it was like getting the call he'd been promoted to Double-A ball, Freddy Peralta could hardly contain his emotions.
"Oh, I said 'oh my God!'" Peralta said with a smile. "Unbelievable. Just excited."
After posting a 1-3 record with a 3.04 ERA in twelve appearances with the Advanced-A Carolina Mudcats, the Milwaukee Brewers saw enough to promote the righty to the Shuckers. He quickly put that faith to the test Sunday, making his Double-A debut against the Mississippi Braves.
"Okay, this is a new level," Peralta said of his mental preparation for the game. "The hitters are better, a lot more experienced, so I know that they (were) waiting for me. So I said, 'okay, I just gotta do the same thing.'"
Peralta definitely showed signs of promise. The 21-year-old throwing nine strikeouts, at one point six in a row, over a span of 93 pitches. Unfortunately, that high pitch count came in just 3.2 innings, with five hits and three earned runs allowed along the way.
"I know that was a lot of strikeouts, but I know that next time, I gotta be making them swing at everything," Peralta said. "(Need to) go long in the game."
"The secondary stuff, there's space to get better but that fastball is swing and miss," Shuckers manager Mike Guerrero said of Peralta's debut performance. "I was really impressed."
Even though he got himself into a few jams, including a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the third inning, how he got out of most of them shows why the Brewers see potential in their 19th-rated prospect.
"Just pitch," Peralta said of his mentality moving forward. "Don't be scared. I know that I have good defense behind me. The best hitter at the plate? I don't care. Just throw him the ball."