Despite making an early impression in the Diamondbacks' camp, starting pitcher Starling Peralta was returned to the Cubs on Friday. Peralta, a Rule 5 pick by Arizona last December, made four appearances in Cactus League play and yielded seven runs and three walks over three innings. He is expected to serve as a starter in Class A this year.
Diamondbacks pitcher Starling Peralta continues to impress front office executives after throwing a pair of live batting-practice sessions, according to MLB.com. The Diamondbacks selected Peralta from the Cubs in the Rule 5 Draft back in December. "I've seen him throw live twice and his breaking ball is a lot better than our reports were," Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said. "I knew he had a good change, live arm, good fastball, but I've seen a better breaking ball. It's a little bit of a slurve, but he looks to command it fairly well. Deception with his delivery, a lot of arms and legs -- I don't think right-handed hitters will be very comfortable in there facing him."