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The outcry has been strong, Razzball nation, and it is finally being heard.  Sky, we’re used to your Deep League Thoughts and Under the Greydar posts from long ago about pitchers…and by ‘long ago’ we mean 2012.  Where’s this year’s Homer Bailey fantasy?  This year’s Chris Capuano fantasy?  This year’s Jon Niese fantasy?  We’re also used to calling you ONC and looking at a magnificent picture of Buhner?  What’s with the grainy pic of a unibrow guy?  Bring back Bones!  Well, minus that last part, my people, your fantasy baseball prayers have been answered.  Today’s discount double check is a review of a guy who could/might/should/maybe/dear Gawd I hope is in the starting rotation for the Milwaukee Brewers this year.  So without further self-reference/deprecation, let us all take a look at a man by the name of Wily Peralta and whether or not his current 339 ADP is a bargain or accurate for 2013 fantasy baseball…

Fair warning, this next paragraph is going to contain big jokes.  No, not as in ‘OMG, that’s the best joke you’ve I’ve ever read in my life’ jokes; I don’t have many of those.  What I mean is Wily is a big guy.  If you’re offended, try being the same height as Peralta but about 2/3rds the weight.  My nickname amongst my frenemies is Skinny Burrito which, to be fair, is something that wouldn’t hurt Peralta to consume more of (and the big jokes begin!).  In all seriousness, when you look to starting pitchers this deep, you’re looking at the K’s and Wily has plenty of those.  Since 2006 and across 4 minor league levels and 1 major league stint in 2012, Peralta has managed about an 8.4 K/9 ratio.  To put that ratio in perspective, Edinson Volquez has an 8.65 career K/9 ratio at the MLB level.  Why talk about Edinson?  Well of course you can’t talk about him without talking about walks and we can’t talk about Wily without mentioning he should go for more (big joke #2!).  Overall, his BB/9 is close to 4 over that same timespan so control is an obvious issue with Peralta around the plate.  Dinner plate or home plate, take your pick (ok, I’ll stop now).  Guys like Wily can go one of two ways.  They can go the way of Volquez (career 4.93 BB/9 ratio) or they can try for some healthy living and do some YoGa.  You see, Yovani Gallardo’s big breakout came back in 2009 when he sported a 9.89 k/9…along with a 4.56 BB/9 ratio.  Now I’m not making any comparisons between the two…well, other than they both feel like they’re missing a letter from their first name.  Anyone else try and put two ‘n’s in Yovani?  Just me?  But I digress, I’m not saying Wily is going to be Gallardo this year or even for his career but he could be YoGa-Lite.  If you can stomach the WHIP and the BB that comes with it, Wily could be that late round find that gives you a line akin to Bud Norris’ 2011 season with a few less innings.  Of course, Norris’ 2010 could be in store for you, as wel (no, it is two L’s there).  In my book, for the price paid and the potential involved, Peralta is getting priced too low if Lucas Harrell is getting taken before him and by ADP standards he is.  So go out there and draft Willy Peralta as a late round flyer…I mean Wily.  Seriously, did he get hungry and eat the second ‘l’?  Zing.

  1. TheOne says:
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    Great piece!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Really? I liked my Dan Uggla piece better ;)

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Sky: Well, obviously. Nobody wanted to bring you down with the comparison.

      • TheOne says:
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        @Sky: lol Ugh-gla is becoming such a dirty pleasure in fantasy over the yrs. I just thought you brought out the guns with this Peralta kid. I love the jokes but this is pure fantasy knowledge. As a reader you won me over.

        • TheOne says:
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          @TheOne: Btw I had no idea you use to be bones!!!!! I’ve been a fan of yours not only bc of the great fantasy insight but anyone thats down with Jay efing bones Buhner is family lol. God I love me some Jay Buhner!

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Ha, Bones! Yeah, grew up a Mariners/Braves fan. Distinctly remember worst to first Braves and the Sid Bream slide as a great childhood moment. Then remember Mike Blowers going off along with the Kid, The Big Unit, Bones, and the Martinez brothers as they charged back from 13 games behind of the Angels in August of ’95. BTW, don’t know if you’re a rap fan – not a huge one personally – but have you heard the Dave Niehaus tribute by Macklemore? Great stuff: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvNQWQSwmow

            BTW, thanks for the following. Glad to see ONC/Bones was well loved. Hopefully I can fill my own shoes sans the Buhner pic!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha, it’s all good. Being 100% honest, I wrote 11 of these Discount Double Checks in about a week around work. Fully admit they aren’t all magical though I’ve done my best to keep them informative and funny if/when I can. Uggla is getting the ‘one more year and I’m done with you’ treatment from me. Even if he does good, I don’t wanna touch him in 2014.

  2. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Ha thanks! To answer your question, TBD. Football starts tugging at my extra time right about May or June so you might hear a bit from me but I can’t claim I’ll be a weekly feature.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Sky: big lose for razzball baseball

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I read that in sarcasm font

  3. Ryan says:
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    I vote you give it some extra effort and give us a short, informative and HI-larious! post each week; pleeeeaaase? We love these sleeper picks/suggestions, but honestly, I’ll stay tuned in just for the jokes :)

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Well you haven’t read my Carlos Gomez post apparently…

      Ha in the end I’ll see what I can do. Love writing about both football and baseball, it all comes down to time allotted.

  4. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Its good to read in the comments that you have a day job, because writing jokes has no future for you. Peralta is only 6’0″ 240, he’s not that big, he could play fullback in the NFL. That was my playing weight in high school, of course i was a pulling guard. You could of mixed up a peralta and the running sausages joke or that he is just trying to fit in with the populous of Wisconsin and their winter weight look.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I try to leaves sausages out of most of my conversations if I can help it. And indeed I’m no Mitch Hedberg. Thank Jesus Montero for desk monkey jobs!

      Yeah hes not fat just big. He looks solid like a fullback for sure. Just hope he doesn’t take conditioning tips with Livan Hernandez.

  5. TheNewGuy says:
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    Nice piece and jokes, you missed the free willy one though…could even refer to them both as whales.

    God the Superbowl is boring!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, I almost went there…almost. His spelling makes me think of saying Wiley though, probably why I didn’t go with the whale tail.

      Really hope second half is at least interesting but I think. Have our winner. Ugh, not looking forward to ‘why don’t you have Flacco higher’ questions for football rankings.

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