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Diamondbacks return Rule 5 pick Starling Peralta to Cubs

Mar 15, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT

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Starling Peralta is back with the Cubs after the Diamondbacks returned the Rule 5 pick to his original organization.

As a 21-year-old who spent last season pitching at low Single-A he was always a long shot to crack the Opening Day roster and then Peralta gave up seven run in three innings of spring training action.

All of which makes this February 21 article from the Diamondbacks’ official website titled “Peralta opening D-Backs’ eyes” sort of amusing:

When they selected Starling Peralta from the Cubs in the Rule 5 Draft in December, the D-backs knew they were getting a pretty good pitcher. After watching him throw a couple of live batting-practice sessions, the right-hander might be better than they thought.

And then after watching him throw in actual games, they decided to send him back to the Cubs. Such is life as a Rule 5 pick.

  1. vallewho - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:02 PM


  2. toonsterwu - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    As a Cubs fan, I like Peralta a fair amount. That said, he wasn’t ready for the bigs. He has a good arsenal, though. A good fastball that can hit mid-90’s as a starter, flashes some plus potential on the breaking ball, and the Diamondbacks article makes it sound like his change-up was really good.

    That said, he simply wasn’t ready for a big league jump. He’s still learning overall command, and commanding his secondary stuff. When you factor in that the Diamondbacks pen was loaded, there simply wasn’t a spot for him. With the Cubs needing all the quality arms they can get, they probably weren’t going to agree to a trade with D-backs.

  3. paperlions - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Yeah, that pick made a lot of sense…there are tons of guys pitching in low A ball that could be ready to make a major league roster the next spring….and by tons, I mean Dylan Bundy and no body else.

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