Colin Peluse earns well deserved promotion to Double-A
By David Hill
Colin Peluse had not received much attention in the Oakland A’s system. A ninth round selection in the 2019 MLB Draft, Peluse was an under the radar prospect with a repeatable delivery and solid command. While he showed improved velocity in the instructional leagues last season, he still needed to show that he could get batters out.
Peluse had done just that in High-A for the Lansing Lugnuts. Now, in the wake of his impressive showing, he is getting his first look at Double-A, being promoted for the end of the season.
Colin Peluse taking next step towards Oakland
The results certainly followed after his improved velocity. Peluse had posted a 3.66 ERA and a 1.209 WHiP over his 86 innings, striking out 92 batters with 22 walks. While he has split his time between the bullpen and the rotation, the A’s are hoping that he can continue to advance as a starter.
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His future is likely to depend on the development of his secondary offerings. Peluse has a strong slider that has the potential to turn into a plus offering as he continues to develop. The key will be his changeup, a fringy offering at present. It shows flashes of being, at the very least, an average offering, but he needs to find more consistency with the pitch.
Regardless of his role, Peluse’s fastball will certainly play up. After sitting in the lower 90s in college, he came out firing after the lost 2020 campaign, reaching 98 MPH. There may be another tick or two in velocity in a relief role if that ends up being his future. That high octane fastball, when paired with his slider, could make him a devastating weapon in the latter innings.
Right now, Peluse is going to get his chance to prove that he can remain in the rotation. He is getting a bump in level to end the year, and will presumably start the 2022 campaign in Midland as well. If his changeup continues to develop, and his increased velocity remains, he could end up on the A’s radar before too long.
Colin Peluse is getting moved up to the next level as he was promoted to Midland. Based on his performance, that promotion is well deserved.