Brewers pitching prospect Freddy Peralta made his major league debut on Sunday against the Rockies at Coors Field. The right-hander brought a no-hitter into the sixth inning, losing it when David Dahl singled with one out. Peralta exited with two outs in the sixth, giving up just the one hit and two walks with 13 strikeouts.
Matt Albers relieved Peralta, finishing out the inning without any damage, preserving the Brewers’ 7-0 lead.
As MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy points out, Peralta is now part of a short list of players to strike out 13 batters in their major league debut:
Peralta, 21, is the Brewers No. 9 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. With Triple-A Colorado Springs prior to his promotion, Peralta posted a 3.63 ERA with a 46/17 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings.
Over the past several weeks we’ve heard a lot of news about teams furloughing front office and scouting staff, leveling pay cuts for those who remain and, most recently, ceasing stipends to minor league players and releasing them en masse. The message being sent, intentionally or otherwise, is that baseball teams are feeling the pinch.
The Kansas City Royals, however, are a different story.
Jon Heyman reported this afternoon that the Royals are paying their minor leaguers through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended, and unlike so many other teams, they are not releasing players either. Jeff Passan, meanwhile, reports that the Royals will not lay any team employees off or furlough anyone. “Nearly 150 employees will not take pay cuts,” he says, though “higher-level employees will take tiered cuts.” Passan adds that the organization intends to restore the lost pay due to those higher-level employees in the future when revenue ramps back up, making them whole.
While baseball finances are murky at best and opaque in most instances, most people agree that the Royals are one of the lower-revenue franchises in the game. They are also near the bottom as far as franchise value goes. Finally, they have the newest ownership group in all of baseball, which means that the group almost certainly has a lot of debt and very little if any equity in the franchise. Any way you slice it, cashflow is likely tighter in Kansas City than almost anywhere else.
Yet the Royals are paying minor leaguers and front office employees while a great number of other teams are not. What’s their excuse?