Royals Sign Veteran Pitcher Wily Peralta


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Wily Peralta

The recipient of a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Kansas, Scott Sjoberg is a former account executive and sales manager for multiple broadcast networks who, since 2010, has served as owner and operator of the home care agency Right at Home. Beyond his professional pursuits, Scott Sjoberg is a passionate fan of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Kansas City Royals.

The Royals made their first free-agent signing on December 5 by inking veteran pitcher Wily Peralta to a one-year, $1.525 million contract. A 28-year-old right-hander from Dominican Republic, Peralta had a disastrous 2017 season with the Milwaukee Brewers as he posted a career-worst 7.85 earned run average (ERA) and allowed 73 hits in 57 and one-third innings. However, the Royals are hoping he can regain the form he exhibited in his previous five seasons with the Brewers. Peralta recorded a sub-5.00 ERA in each of those seasons and had the best season of his career in 2014, when he recorded a 3.53 ERA to go along with a record of 17-11.

He split last season as a starter and relief pitcher, but the Royals anticipate him pitching out of the bullpen. The team has a proven track record of converting failed starting pitchers into quality relief pitchers, and Peralta’s 96-mile-per-hour fastball could make him an asset as a reliever.

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