The Arizona Diamondbacks continued their busy off-season today, acquiring right-handed pitcher Starlin Peralta from the Chicago Cubs in today’s Rule 5 Draft.
The Rule 5 Draft creates the possibility for Major League organizations to nab unprotected prospects off of other team’s rosters and the D’Backs took a chance on the 22 year-old righty with a “power” arm. He will have to remain on Arizona’s Major League roster for the entire season or have to be offered back to the Cubs for half of the $50,000 price that the D’Backs paid for him.
The Diamondbacks could also agree to a trade with Chicago to keep his rights. This would allow Arizona to send him to the minor leagues if they chose to do so.
Peralta was primarily a starting pitcher for Single-A Peoria during the 2012 season. He posted a 5-8 record with a 3.44 ERA in 99 1/3 innings. Over five minor league seasons, Peralta is 16-25 while amassing a 4.46 ERA in 303 innings.
Peralta has a live arm with a fastball routinely clocked in the mid to upper 90′s. While he struggled with his control in 2012 (42 walks in 99+ innings), many feel that he has tremendous upside and that he could surprise the squad in Spring Training by earning a spot in the bullpen.
Arizona also lost a promising player when the Philadelphia Phillies selected outfielder Ender Enciarte.
The 22-year old prospect spent last season in Single-A South Bend and Single-A Visalia where he combined to hit .307 with 28 doubles, 10 triples and a .797 OPS. Again, if the Phillies do not keep him in the majors for the entire season, there is the possibility that he will be back with the organization.