MILWAUKEE — Freddy Peralta is 24 years old. That’s easy to forget when he has already pitched parts of four seasons in a Brewers uniform and came into this year still trying to prove he belonged in the starting rotation.
Luis Urías is 23. He’s a couple of seasons removed from being baseball’s 23rd-best prospect per MLB Pipeline, and he had about as miserable an introduction to the Brewers’ organization in 2020 as one could get. There was a broken hand, a case of COVID-19, then a quiet couple of months in a utility role.
But there’s a place for patience with players talented enough to make it to the Major Leagues when they are barely old enough to raise a toast. The Brewers’ patience with Peralta has been paying off. They hope Monday’s 6-3 win over the Cubs at American Family Field proves the start of something similar for Urías.
“I think the Milwaukee Brewers are always going to have to commit to young players,” manager Craig Counsell said the other day.
Peralta and Urías led the way to Milwaukee’s fifth victory in the last six games, all against the division-rival Cubs and Cardinals. Peralta struck out 10 batters in six more electric innings and departed as part of the Brewers’ go-ahead six-run rally in the bottom of the sixth. Urías, coming off a 1-for-21 road trip, delivered the biggest hit of the inning — a pinch-hit three-run double that gave the Brewers the lead.