Paralta named SL ERA pitcher of the year

The Southern League of Professional Baseball has announced today that the Huntsville Stars' RHP Wily Peralta won the 2011 Southern League ERA Award with a 3.46 earned-run average.

Peralta was 9-7 in 21 starts for the Stars before being transferred to Triple-A Nashville on August 11. In 119.2 innings pitched at Double-A this season, the righty gave up only 57 runs (46 earned) on 106 hits. He kept opponents to the fifth-lowest batting average in the league at .243. He was second in most strikeouts per nine innings pitched at 8.80 (117k/119.2ip). Peralta also had the fourth-lowest ratio of baserunners per nine innings pitched at 11.88 (158 total baserunners/119.2ip). In all 119.2 innings of work, Peralta allowed just 48 walks and eight wild pitches.

After his promotion to Triple-A, Peralta continued his domination. The right-hander went 2-0 in five starts, recording 40 strikeouts in just 31 innings pitched. He allowed just 11 walks while maintaining a 2.03 ERA (7er/31ip).

Peralta was honored with the Southern League Pitcher of the Week title for July 25 – August 1 and a Mid-Season All-Star selection. He was also named the Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Month for July. Peralta was signed as a non-drafted free agent on November 26, 2005 by the Brewers.

The Stars ended the season with a 64-73 overall record. They will open the 2012 season on Sunday, April 15 against the Tennessee Smokies. For more information, visit or call (256) 882-2562. Don't forget you can keep up with the Stars throughout the offseason on on Facebook, Twitter and through our official newsletter!