Perez Working On Entire Game

LANSING, MI - Venezuelan Catcher Carlos Perez was one of the New York-Penn League's most impressive players while also being one of the youngest on the field last year when he posted a .298/.396/.438 line in short-season play. One of the top catching prospects in all of baseball, Perez is now getting his first taste of a full season in Lansing.

"This is his first full season, so it's a big test for him to play everyday," Lugnuts Manager Mike Redmond said. "I like what I've seen so far. He's a smart player and he's obviously got a lot of upside."

Perez knows he has to adjust to playing a full season, but he notes that the weather has been an obstacle in the early going this season.

"This year, it's harder. I worked hard in spring training," Perez said "but, here the weather is very cold so far."

Despite more rain than shine recently, Perez knows it's important to work hard and to work on his game every day.

"I think it's important to work on everything every day," he said. "My thing is just getting my swing ready every day."

Perez, who many see as a future everyday big league catcher with on-base ability and some power, also works on his defense daily.

"My defense is definitely better than last year," Perez said. "Throwing and catching is better and so is throwing to second base. I work with my hands catching the ball and my footwork throwing to second. I still work on blocking balls in the dirt."

His manager, a former big league catcher, seemed encouraged by Perez' defensive progression.

"I think for him, we've been working on receiving and blocking the balls. Really just working on his all-around catching and throwing," Redmond said. "It just comes down to getting into more games. I think he's done a great job of handling the pitching staff and I think he's improved that aspect of his game a lot.

"He does a great job blocking, and he throws well too. I think he's good defensively, he can throw and he blocks the ball well. He calls a good game. That's something that will develop as he learns more about the game and pitchers and situations."

At 6-foot 193-pounds, Perez isn't an imposing physical specimen and without a home run on the young season, questions about his power arise.

"For me, I don't worry about home runs," Perez said. "I just want to take good swings every day and not worry about home runs."

"I think there's power potential there," Redmond said. "You know, as a player, that comes down the road when these guys reach their peak in the upper-20's.

"He makes contact and he puts the ball in play. In batting practice, he can hit home runs if he wants to. That's an aspect of the game that's going to come down the road. It's hard to say in A-ball how many home runs this guy could hit one day, but is the potential there? Sure."


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"This is his first full season, so it's a big test for him to play everyday,\" Lugnuts Manager Mike Redmond said. \"I like what I've seen so far. He's a smart player and he's obviously got a lot of upside.\"
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\r\nPerez knows he has to adjust to playing a full season, but he notes that the weather has been an obstacle in the early going this season.
\r\n
\r\n\"This year, it's harder. I worked hard in spring training,\" Perez said \"but, here the weather is very cold so far.\"
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\r\nDespite more rain than shine recently, Perez knows it's important to work hard and to work on his game every day.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think it's important to work on everything every day,\" he said. \"My thing is just getting my swing ready every day.\"
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\r\nPerez, who many see as a future everyday big league catcher with on-base ability and some power, also works on his defense daily.
\r\n
\r\n\"My defense is definitely better than last year,\" Perez said. \"Throwing and catching is better and so is throwing to second base. I work with my hands catching the ball and my footwork throwing to second. I still work on blocking balls in the dirt.\"
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\r\nHis manager, a former big league catcher, seemed encouraged by Perez' defensive progression.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think for him, we've been working on receiving and blocking the balls. Really just working on his all-around catching and throwing,\" Redmond said. \"It just comes down to getting into more games. I think he's done a great job of handling the pitching staff and I think he's improved that aspect of his game a lot.
\r\n
\r\n\"He does a great job blocking, and he throws well too. I think he's good defensively, he can throw and he blocks the ball well. He calls a good game. That's something that will develop as he learns more about the game and pitchers and situations.\"
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\r\nAt 6-foot 193-pounds, Perez isn't an imposing physical specimen and without a home run on the young season, questions about his power arise.
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\r\n\"For me, I don't worry about home runs,\" Perez said. \"I just want to take good swings every day and not worry about home runs.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"I think there's power potential there,\" Redmond said. \"You know, as a player, that comes down the road when these guys reach their peak in the upper-20's.
\r\n
\r\n\"He makes contact and he puts the ball in play. In batting practice, he can hit home runs if he wants to. That's an aspect of the game that's going to come down the road. It's hard to say in A-ball how many home runs this guy could hit one day, but is the potential there? Sure.\"
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