Rookie of the Year: Freddy Peralta
This category is a rather easy one to pick for the Brewers. Only four players qualify for this award: Corbin Burnes, Nate Orf, Jacob Nottingham and Freddy Peralta. Burnes has pitched a total of four innings, and Orf and Nottingham have combined for only 36 plate appearances and five hits (four of them by Nottingham).
That leaves Peralta as our winner, partly deserving and partly by default. He’s 4-1 with a 2.65 ERA in seven starts for the Brewers during the first half. As a rookie, he’s been very up and down. Some outings will be extremely positive and some will be discouraging. However, he’s shown he can hang in the big leagues.
He’s spent most of his time during the first half of the season going back and forth between the Brewers and their Triple-A affiliate. However, look for him to spend more consistent time in the majors for the final stretch of the season. As time goes on, he’ll continue to get stronger and stronger, further cementing his place as the Brewers’ Rookie of the Year.