Prospect Countdown #75 : Ayendy Perez

Top 100 Los Angeles Angels' Prospects Countdown, #75 : Outfielder, Ayendy Perez (photo : Travis Berg)

Ayendy Perez, Outfielder

HT : 5'9
WT : 160
DOB : September 10, 1993 (22), in Azua, Dominican Republic
Throws : Right
Bats : Left
School : Cacique Enriquillo
Acquired : Signed by Marc Russo and Roman Ocumarez as International Free Agent, October 27, 2011
Last Year's Ranking : #88


Speed can win games, and with some minor improvements, Ayendy Perez could be helping the Los Angeles Angels win games with his speed in years to come. This outfield prospect comes in, getting near record book marks for his speed.


SCOUTING REPORT:

Perez's all around game is still very raw, and needs a lot of polishing to become a larger threat at the higher levels. Though his raw tools scream promise.

Perez is easily one of the fastest runners in the Angels system, which is added to an explosive first step out of the box, on the paths and in the field. He stays low to the ground, allowing him to get full leg strength in short strides.

You can really begin to see Perez's speed when you put it into numbers. Above-average speed from home to first is around 4.1 seconds, Perez is regularly 3.63-3.78, with the record being held by Reds' Billy Hamilton at 3.3 seconds. Perez has reached first base 313 times in 223 Minor League games, and has stolen 94 bases in 123 attempts. Also, 20 of his 48 singles last season never left the infield.

There is no player in the system who's quicker getting out of the box than Perez, which is helped by a slap swing, and also an advanced bunter for the stage he's at in his professional career. The slap hitting, as well as a small frame shows zero power. He is capable of hitting to the gaps with good bat speed that gets quicker at the tail end of the swing due to quick wrist.

Perez is very disciplined at the plate, with a good knowledge of the zone. He is a constant on-base threat, aside from putting the ball in the field and mixing his speed.

Perez has a good break to the ball and takes smart routes while in the outfield. His glove is average, but has improved to show he is not a liability in the field. It's likely he'll stay as a center fielder as he progresses.

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STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN:

Perez finished his first season of professional baseball as an 18-year-old with a .261/.390/.325 slash, which began with a .342/.458/.418 opening month. In the middle of the season between mid June to mid July, Perez hit .386 with a .947 OPS, while collecting 17 runs scored, 15 walks and eight stolen bases in a 22-game stretch.

Perez was the star of the Dominican League affiliate in 2013, finishing the season with a .317/.430/.389 slash. Perez hit safely in 44 of the 58 games he played in, reaching in 54. Perez stole 41 bases in 2013, or in simpler terms, two every three games. In a 19-game stretch from late June to late July, Perez hit .385/.469/.400 with 22 runs scored and 14 bases nabbed.

Perez made the trip stateside in 2014, where he finished the season in Tempe with a .279/.327/.361 slash, and 16 stolen bases. Perez reached base in 40 of the 48 games he played in, picking up at least one hit in 35. To no surprise, Perez saw an increase in offensive numbers in the middle of the season, hitting .347/.360/.417 in his first 18 games.

Perez spent the majority of this past season in Single-A with Burlington, where he hit .314/.387/.385 with 19 stolen bases. Perez saw 18 of his 54 games go as multi-hit games, one being a five-hit performance. Perez's largest mark last season was against left-handed pitchers, where he hit .409 with a 1.009 OPS.

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EXPECTED FUTURE:

It's very simple, Perez needs to gain muscle to excel at the top levels. He has great speed and explodes out of the box, but arms in the field get stronger and quicker as you go up in the minors. He'll need to hit the ball out of the infield consistently to continue to put up marks of success.

If Perez gains that muscle, the sky is the limit. He makes consistent contact, in an on-base threat, and has more than enough speed on the paths to make an impact at any level. Whether he's a potential Major Leaguer or not is yet to be seen, but there's plenty of time for the 22-year-old.



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Taylor Blake Ward is a Senior Publisher for Scout.com, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.



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