The SF Giants made yet another addition to bolster organizational pitching depth. Yesterday, they signed a former All-Star to a minor league deal and they reeled in a lesser-known arm today.
SF Giants add another pitcher on a minor league deal
Ofelky Peralta has joined the Giants on a minor league deal, per the team's transaction page. After spending the first eight years of his career in the Baltimore Orioles organization, Peralta was released at the end of May.
Peralta posted a 10.34 ERA with nine strikeouts against 14 walks in nine appearances for the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate before his release. He has worked exclusively out of the bullpen in 2022.
The Orioles originally Peralta for a $350,000 signing bonus during the J2 2013-2014 signing period. He performed well as a 17-year-old rookie during the Dominican Summer League in 2014, registering a 3.12 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 6.9 K/9, and a 0.89 SO/W ratio in 43.1 frames.
However, as the 0.89 SO/W ratio indicates, Peralta walked more batters than he struck out. That is a trend that has followed him for much of his career. The right-handed hurler has recorded a healthy 8.5 K/9 clip as a pro, but this comes with a tough 5.9 BB/9 ratio.
Despite his struggles with command, Peralta has flashed a fastball that sits in the high-90's that he can maintain deep into starts.
The 25-year-old hurler has worked mostly out of the rotation but he has seen more time in the bullpen recently. That might be a more appropriate role for him going forward as he relies on a fastball-curveball mix that he pairs in with an occasional changeup. There is no word on where the Giants will assign him or what role he will fill.
The Giants are seemingly running thin on pitching depth after trading away Corey Oswalt in May and shipping Michael Plassmeyer to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for catcher Austin Wynns earlier this week.
Oswalt and Plassmeyer made a combined 11 starts for the Sacramento River Cats in 2022, so it feels like the Giants might be scrambling a bit for depth. Nevertheless, they have added an arm in Peralta who boasts a premium fastball.